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David B. Strebel

David B. Strebel

David Bruce Strebel, 35, passed away July 30, 2013 in San Diego, Calif., after a long courageous battle with brain cancer.

Dave was born in Richmond and had been raised in Middlesex County. He is survived by his wife, Vivian Wu; his parents, Bruce and Jackie Strebel; two sisters, Diane Strebel Wilson and Debra Strebel Wall; and one uncle, Gary Strebel. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Martin and Mary Strebel, and Barbara Wallace; and an aunt, Carole Kuhn.

Dave enjoyed a happy and successful academic career starting at Chesapeake Academy in Irvington, where he was acknowledged for many academic and athletic achievements.  Graduating in 1996 from Middlesex High School in Saluda, he continued to achieve academic success and also was actively involved in several sports and lettered in track, baseball, and soccer. During this time, his love of water sports grew, and he and his friends spent many hours on the river wakeboarding and fishing with his father. 

David was a 2000 graduate of Virginia Tech, majoring in electrical engineering. After graduation, his love of the water led him to San Diego where his most recent electrical engineering position was with Qualcomm. As he broadened his love of the water and became an avid surfer, he acquired the name “Big Wave Dave.” Off the Pacific Coast, David also loved fishing from his kayak and 16-foot runabout, and caught big yellowtail, halibut and tuna which were experiences he shared with his father and beloved grandfather.

Throughout his life, Dave was a happy, easygoing person. He had a hardy laugh and infectious smile. His love of life and passion for the outdoors enabled him to make many friends and wonderful memories. He also displayed strength and courage during the last year and a half while he battled cancer.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 24, at Lower United Methodist Church, Hartfield (120 Lower Church Rd., Hartfield 23071) with a reception immediately following at Piankatank River Golf Club (6198 Stormont Rd., Hartfield 23071). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lower United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 98, Hartfield, VA 23071, or a charity of your choice. 

posted 08.07.2013

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