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David M. Wilber

Obituary for David M. Wilber

February 16, 1953 - January 5, 2020
Rocky River, Ohio | Age 66

Loving Husband, Father and Grandfather


David M. Wilber, age 66. Beloved husband of Cynthia (nee Wolff); dear father of Lindsey Grdina (Edward), Elizabeth "Liz" Wilber (Erick Vignal); grandfather of Julia and Oliver; dear brother of Betty Ryan (Dick), Patricia Marquard (Jerry, dec.), Richard, Robert (Regina) and the late John "Jay"; uncle and great-uncle to many. David was a proud graduate of St. Edward High School, class of 1971, and attended John Carroll University and Baldwin Wallace College. He was a sail maker for nearly three decades, after which he worked in custom home building. David and Cyndi met through sailing and were married over 40 years. He loved his family and most recently cherished his time with grandbabies, Julia and Oliver. Growing up on the North Coast, he had a passion for being on the water, predominantly competitive sailing, as well as acting as Principal Race Officer or as a US Sailing Judge. He spent decades at the Cleveland Yachting Club and Edgewater Yacht Club. David imparted his love of sailing and his competitive edge to daughter, Liz. David fought a long battle with cancer for over six years, outliving the original prognosis of 6-9 months. We were blessed to have him here to see his beautiful daughters wed and walking his baby girls down the aisle brought him one of his greatest joys. A fiercely loyal friend to many, his smile and sense of humor will be sorely missed. He leaves a legacy of love of family, sailing, kindness, and service. Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the American Cancer Society, 10501 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Christopher's Catholic Church, 20141 Detroit Road, Rocky River on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at 11 am with visitation one hour prior to the Mass. (440) 333-9774

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Suggested Memorial Donations

  • St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital
    262 Danny Thomas Place
    Memphis, TN 38105
  • American Cancer Society
    10501 Euclid Avenue
    Cleveland, OH 44106

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