The Rev. David Raymond Chew Jr.‚ husband of Rebecca Chew and a resident of Parksley‚ Virginia‚ passed away on July 16‚ 2012‚ while responding to a motor vehicle accident with the Bloxom Volunteer Fire Company.
He died as he lived‚ helping others in their time of need. David had no knowledge of how that day would unfold when he kissed his wife and son goodbye that morning. Although goodbye kisses were part of his daily routine‚ there was nothing routine about his love for family.
David was an EMS provider‚ having been employed by both Northampton and Accomack Counties in Virginia. He was also a part-time pastor and was newly appointed to the Hallwood UMC. He had attended the University of West Virginia and the ES Community College. David was a devoted member of the Boy Scouts‚ earning the rank of Eagle Scout.
Born February 20‚ 1982‚ he was a son of David R. Chew Sr. and Mary P. Chew. In addition to his wife and parents‚ survivors include a son‚ David Raymond Chew III; a brother‚ Henry C. Chew; and a large host of extended family and friends.
David loved his son and wife with everything he had. He lived and breathed to provide for them and make them happy. He has left a legacy‚ for we each are given another star in the sky. His son‚ Little David‚ understands that his Daddy lives with Jesus and he can talk to him at any time. As a cherished tradition‚ Little David and Mommy send a balloon to Daddy for every holiday and special occasion. Little David has come to look forward to this special moment‚ and this past Father’s Day was no exception. When the balloon was released‚ it became stuck in a tree behind their home. A disappointed Little David was concerned that Daddy would not receive his gift‚ but Mommy promised that somehow Daddy would receive that gift. As they came home from church‚ Little David noticed that the balloon was gone! Daddy had retrieved the balloon from the tree. Once again‚ David saved the day and provided a moment of joy for his family. His presence is always near.
David’s legacy continues. He was a man of courage‚ determination‚ wisdom‚ and character. People of all walks of life were captured by his friendliness‚ humor‚ and love for life. He is a hero and a man of bravery and faith. May the life he lived continue to speak for him. As 2 Timothy 4:7 says‚ ‘I have fought the good fight‚ I have finished the race‚ I have kept the faith.’ Undoubtedly‚ David has heard from his Heavenly Father‚ ‘Well done‚ good and faithful servant.’