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03/19/19 - NNHS Newsletter - David Wittan

David Garrick Wittan
(11 Nov 1939 - 14 Mar 2019)

Newport News High School Class of 1957

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We have more sad news today.   David Wittan, Best Dressed Boy in the Class of 1957, and outstanding Tackle of the Football Team, passed away in Newport News on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at the age of 79. 

From the Daily Press - 03/19/19:

    David Garrick Wittan


    NEWPORT NEWS - David Garrick Wittan of Newport News, VA died Thursday, March 14, 2019.

Born November 11, 1939 in Newport News, he was preceded in death by his Mother, Mae Edwards Wittan Weaver and Father, Colonel Edgar M. Wittan, killed during WWII while commanding the 13th Heavy Bombardment Wing of the Air Corps.

David attended Newport News High School, The Bullis School in Potomac, MD and The College of William & Mary. He obtained a law degree from The Marshall Wythe School of Law in Williamsburg, VA. He began his law career with Ellenson & Fox in Newport News, VA where he became a partner. Later, he managed his own practice until 2018, serving as a trusted advisor and friend to many clients in Hampton Roads.

He played high school football for Newport News High and The College of William & Mary and always had a frustrating fondness for the Washington Redskins.

David Wittan
  David is fondly remembered by his family and friends as an avid lover of nature and the outdoors. He spent many of his days on the Chesapeake Bay and other local waters in pursuit of the catch of the day. In poor boating conditions, he turned to gardening. He loved to play tennis and golf and was known by his friends as a humorist.

David is survived by his beloved wife, Catherine Wittan of Newport News, VA; children, Catherine Ashley Wittan (Dereck) of Key West, FL; Adam Garrick Wittan (Kirsten) of Roswell, GA; Michael D. Crisp (Jen) of Fairfield, CT, and Chris Wittan of Richmond, VA; Grandchildren: Elise, Sarah and Vivianne of Roswell, GA; Walker, Langley and Toliver of Fairfield, CT; and Courtney of Richmond, VA; step sister, Mary Ann McGourty of Atlanta, GA; a host of nieces, nephews and other beloved friends and relatives; and his four-legged companion, Atticus.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 5 to 6PM at the Peninsula Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Great Dane Rescue of the Commonwealth. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on March 19
, 2019.
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March 19, 2019 

Thanks for the beautiful memories, David, of a good, honest, and noble man. In court, you were always the gentleman, always the professional. You will be missed. I wish you peace.

~ Vincent Conway, Newport News, Virginia

March 19, 2019 

Another Typhoon great leaves this life. I met David in the 8th grade when we both started NNHS. We were on the 8th and 9th grade football team. David went on to become a talented player and a good friend. May he now rest in peace. May our Lord ease the pain the family feels from his loss.

Jim McDonald, Williamsburg, Virginia

March 19, 2019   

Very sorry for the Wittan family loss. Dave was always a gentleman and a friend to police officers. Although we were on different sides in court, he always was honest and forthright. RIP, Mr. Wittan.

March 19, 2019 

So sorry to hear about your loss. You know that God and Jesus are in the best position to comfort us when we lose a loved one in death.

~ Unsigned

March 19, 2019  

So sorry about my fellow Typhoon teammate and my high school friend, David. I remember visiting his home and seeing a portrait of his dad, the WW2 hero. My condolences to the family. Rest in peace, dear friend, Dino Vretos

~ Dino Vretos

March 20, 2019    

Remembering David as a teammate and friend. His dry wit and humor carried me thru many tough practice sessions. My prayers are with his family, friends and loved ones. David will be missed and remembered by many.

March 20, 2019  

Harry and I dearly loved Jimmy, he was the sweetest and kindest man we've ever known. You are all in our prayers. - See more at:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Cathy, Adam, Ashley and family. We have known David for a long time. David was Martha's first boss in the legal field (EF&W), our sons went to Ferguson High and played on the tennis team together; and I was fortunate enough to go fishing with David during the day we almost found out what the term dead reckoning was (we got blue fish that day so it was worth the trip). He was truly a nice guy and always fun to be around. RIP, David, we will miss you.

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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to David's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

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  Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

This Is My Father's World

Words by Maltbie D. Babcock, 1901
Traditional English Melody (Terra Beata), arranged by Franklin L. Sheppard, 1915

This is my Fatherís world, and to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Fatherís world: I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Fatherís world, the birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white, declare their Makerís praise.
This is my Fatherís world: He shines in all thatís fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass;
He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Fatherís world. O let me neíer forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
This is my Fatherís world: the battle is not done:
Jesus Who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and Heavín be one.

This is my Fatherís world, dreaming, I see His face.
I ope my eyes, and in glad surprise cry, ďThe Lord is in this place.Ē
This is my Fatherís world, from the shining courts above,
The Beloved One, His Only Son,
Cameóa pledge of deathless love.

This is my Fatherís world, should my heart be ever sad?
The lord is Kingólet the heavens ring. God reignsólet the earth be glad.
This is my Fatherís world. Now closer to Heaven bound,
For dear to God is the earth Christ trod.
No place but is holy ground.

This is my Fatherís world. I walk a desert lone.
In a bush ablaze to my wondering gaze God makes His glory known.
This is my Fatherís world, a wanderer I may roam
Whateíer my lot, it matters not,
My heart is still at home.

"This Is My Father's World" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 06/19/07

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of Ė 01/27/05

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

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