Dave Garrison Tribute Page
Dave, at L at Bonner's banquet, and No. 6, above,
with the FB seniors in fall '07.
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Dave Garrison, a graduate of Monsignor Bonner
('08) and freshman at the University
of West Virginia, passed Jan. 23, 2009, of injuries suffered a few weeks earlier in an
Dave played varsity football at Bonner and spent some time as a member of the
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Information on services: David's life celebration will be held Friday, Jan. 30, 4 to 8 p.m., and
Saturday, 11 a.m. to noon, at Saint Andrew the Apostle Church, 3500 School Lane, Drexel Hill. Mass of
Christian Burial to follow at noon. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions
in David's memory may be sent to Saint Andrew School c/o Helen McLean, 535 Mason Avenue,
Drexel Hill, Pa 19026 or Friends of Bonner Football, 18 Groove Lane, Broomall, PA 19008.
Contributions . . .
Dave was a great person. We will all miss him. He
always had a great attitude about everything and was always smiling. He always
kept positive about football when times weren't so great and was a loyal guy to
his friends. Dave and his family will be in our prayers.
-- Dave Stenson #77
From Dave's Bonner Brothers. We love him.
Dave stretches before Carroll game TG eve.
My name is Brendan McLoone and I was lucky enough to go to school and play football with Dave at Bonner. I’ll never forget the first time I met Dave. We were in 8th grade playing CYO football against each other. I was starting at tackle and Dave was playing D-end. And I remember feeling pretty good cause we were both undersized for our position. On the first snap of the ball Dave got off the ball so fast he knocked me on my butt and sacked the QB. Dave was not only a great football player but he was also a great teammate, classmate and, friend. Dave’s my Bonner FB brother and that’s never going to change. And like the rest of the Bonner family and most of Delaware county my thoughts and prayers are with Dave, his brother Brendon and his family.
I love you man and I’ll never forget you.
Brendan McLoone # 50
Bonner FB '08
Dave was a good friend of mine. We played against each other each year St. Dots vz. St. Andrews in football when we were little kids. In high school we played freshman basketball together and Football for bonner. We were captains for football freshman year and we became good friends. After freshman yr a lot of kids quit playing because we didn't win a lot of games but Dave stayed with me all the way until the end. Senior year we lost every single game but it didn't matter because we loved to play and we fought together side by side win or lose we never quit. Dave was a great football player. I remember watching him play against St. Laurence in the turkey bowl. He carried his team on playing Running back and returning kicks and playing D. He was a good athlete and an even better person. He always was smiling and laughing and that's what everyone liked about him. He has hundreds of friends and we will all miss him a lot. We Love you D-Garr and I no u got a place up in heaven. My prayers are with the Garrison family. To Brendan , if u ever need anything im here for u kid...be strong try to keep your head up.
-- Tom Will #43 MB '08
R.I.P. Dave, Gob Bless The Garrison Family. & Brendon Keep Your Head Up Kid, we are all here for you.
-- Chris Schieler MBHS '08
I first met Dave while on the Blue/Gold all star team. From then on, Dave was always a true friend all four years of high school, on the football field, but especially off of it. He was the true model of a good friend. Dave always showed everyone the kindness and enthusiasm that he had in him everyday. During our senior summer, i had a lot of car rides with Dave while riding to the shore. I truly treasure the conversations we had on everything, from our past four years at Bonner to our futures at school that fall. Looking back at these thing, I am truly thankful that Dave Garrison was and still is, one of my best friends. I love you man, my teammate, my Bonner brother, my friend.
-- Brett Canfield MB '08
I played football with Dave in high school. I graduated two years before him but still knew him on and off the field. He had a great heart, he was always fun to mess around with because he never took it too serious. He showed so many great qualities on the field being an underclassman to me. Never gave up, was always giving his all and always had a smile on his face. Dave will be missed by so many. I wish his family the best and all of his friends through this tough time. You are in a better place now Dave, watch down on us all. R.I.P brother.
-- Pat Dix...MB '06
I grew up playing against Dave in grade school football, and basketball. I remember playing with Dave in pick-up games at Dermond field. In 8th grade I was fortunate enough to be a teammate of Dave in the blue-gold all star game. From there I became friends with Dave through school and all the years playing football together at Bonner. Dave and I had some good times in school too especially in accounting class where we sat next to each other. Dave was one of the nicest kids I've ever met and I'll never forget how many good times I spent with him. To Dave's family, we're praying for you everyday, and I know Dave is at peace now in heaven. Dave I love you and we'll never forget you.
-- Iggy Schmitt
I met Dave my first day attending St.Andrews school and for those eight years I can honestly say Dave was one of my best friends and one hell of a athlete/teammate. Dave always had a positive outlook on life an like others have said before always had a smile on his face and his attitude rubbed off on others. As we moved on and entered high school things changed but even though we weren't as close as we used to be Dave was still my friend but more importantly he was my Bonner Brother. I still can't believe he is gone but he will certainly never be forgotten. Dave's spirit will live on through many, his Bonner brothers, his brother Brendon, and the rest of the Garrison family. Even though Dave has left us I'm sure he has a spot in heaven and like always has a smile on his face and is watching over us looking out for his family and friends. My prayers and thoughts are with th Garrison family. Rest in peace Dave I love you and miss you kid.
-- Andrew Williamson MBHS '08
Like Andrew said, I too met Dave back in kindergarten at St. Andrews. I grew up with Dave and we were always close. Dave was definitely one of my best guy friends throughout grade school. He was always making us laugh. Whether it was out on the recess yard or in the classroom itself. He never shut anyone out and was always nice to everyone he encountered. During high school Dave and I weren't as close but every time we ran into each other, Dave always gave me the biggest hug and a smile that could light up a room. I never thought something like this could happen to someone so special. Someone that touched the lives of so many others. My heart goes out to the Garrison family, especially Brendon. Stay strong bren and keep your head up always. Your brother was the best. I love you Dave and will miss you everyday. Keep an eye on Mrs. Dormer for us<3
-- Micki Hilferty, St. Andrew's class of '04
To the Garrison Family, Monsignor Bonner Coaching Staff and the Bonner/Prendie Community . . .
On behalf of the Easternpafootball.com Staff I would like to extend my deepest sorrow to you on the loss of a great person/football player. I had the pleasure of watching Dave play on a number of occasions as part of my duties with this great website and easternpafootball.com. I was in shock when I heard the news. Rest in Peace Dave and Remember what Billy Joel said: Only The Good Die Young.
-- Willie McGonigle
I had the pleasure of coaching Dave his senior year at Bonner. We struggled that year, and what I remember most about Dave was that he was always willing to put his wants aside and do what we asked him to do to benefit the team. That year, Dave ended up playing 4 different positions for us, as we moved him around a lot to try to stop what the other offense was doing. We wanted to get him near the opponent’s best plays. He was a solid contributor at each position we played him at, despite being smaller and not weighing as much as most of the players he was up against. Dave never complained about being moved around, and always showed us a “whatever it takes” attitude. He truly was one of the leaders of our defense, and his leadership rubbed off on many of his teammates.
As good of a football player that he was, Dave was an even better young man. He always had a smile on his face, was always respectful and fun to be around. It is rare to find a player who is genuinely a nice young man, and still puts the teams needs ahead of his own. I can honestly say that in my short time that I knew him, Dave Garrison was one of these young men. The Bonner community and all of Dave’s friends have lost someone very special, and we will miss him very much.
To the Garrison family and Brendan, please know that you are in all of our thoughts and prayers. No one knows why bad things sometimes happen to good people. Just know that there are people out there that you can lean on if you need anything. Dave was a great person, and although he isn’t here in body, his spirit will always be with you. I consider myself fortunate to have coached him.
-- Joe DiTullio
Defensive Coordinator, Monsignor Bonner
“It is very hard to find the right thing to say at a time like this. I shall try to find the words that best express what a fine young man Dave Garrison was. I met him through the Bonner Football program and I was very impressed by his upstanding nature and good heartedness. We are all deeply saddened. He was a great human being and his family is one of the finest. His Mom and Dad were always there for all his games and two better people you will never meet. Dave was a great football player and showed a lot of heart and loyalty to his teammates during the 2007 season. His younger brother Brandon played football with my son and he is also a very fine young man. My heart goes out to them at this time. We wish to send our condolences and we shall keep you all in our prayers. Dave will always be remembered for all his goodness while he was here with us on earth and he shall be loved forever in heaven.”
-- Rita and Marco Dapkey
Dave and his brother, Brendon. Photo by Donna Garrison (mom).
Dave was a great friend of mine over the years. We played for Ted Roth together for as long as I can remember until our final year as seniors. Every year I'd get a phone call from him saying "Are we playing again or what? Gotta keep the dynasty goin" and the answer always had to be yes. One thing I can honestly echo from the other comments is that he never gave up. Whether we were down 20 or up 20, he'd give it his all and that's what I'll always remember him for. His personality was hysterical and his laugh was contagious. Fortunately, I was able to talk to him over the phone a few days before the accident and that's something I'll always be thankful for. My prayers and thoughts are with his family and Brandon. D-Gar, I love and miss you kid. Still can't accept that you're gone but I know your up there watching over us buddy. I'll see you when its my turn. Rest it peace man, you're on to bigger and better things now.
-- Steve McWilliams
Dave Garrison was a great guy. Over the past couple weeks a lot of us have been telling our own little stories and talking of our own memories of Dave. I moved to St. Andrews parish in 7th grade and ended up playing football for them in 8th grade when my school team Sacred Heart folded. Needless to say, I didn't know many of the guys when I switched over to Andrew's. Without hesitation Dave made a point at practice my first day to come up to me and introduce himself, ask how I liked my new house in Drexel Hill, excited for Bonner next year? This tells the tale really and is something I will hold onto for a long time.. He was just a genuine, genuine nice guy, a loyal Bonner guy, and a guy that I'm proud to call a friend. My family and I send our deepest condolences to Mr. Garrison, Mrs. Garrison, Brendon, and all of those who knew and loved Dave. May you Rest in Peace brother.
-- Tim Doc
I had the pleasure, or misfortune for that matter of coaching against Dave! I remember when St. Bernies played St Andrews he spent most of his time in my backfield! I remember yelling at my offensive line asking how someone half the size of them can be beating them so bad. When Dave was in 8th grade he was in my group for visitation day at Bonner. He was so happy to be there and he asked several questions about our football team at the time. When he got to Bonner he always did what the upper class men asked of him on the team. To Daves friends and family you are in our prayers. On behalf of the St Bernadette football and parish community RIP Dave, we love you, and watch over us.
-- Steven Clement MBHS '06
St Bernadette CYO Varsity Football
A lifelong friend, from the time Dave hit a home run off me in Drexel Hill Little Leauge, to the the great times we shared in Sea Isle City with the McNevin's, to working with him for Upper Darby Township and going to Bonner. Dave played minor roles in my life growing up which you don't realize or understand until you lose somebody. Looking back, making me think about the times shared with him I can only hope to join him again someday. May he rest forever in peace.
-- Greg Shields, MBHS '09