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David Mitchell

David Mitchell

David Alan Mitchell

Age: 73          Born: March 18, 1947         Died: March 31, 2020
David Alan Mitchell, 73, of Cincinnati, OH, passed away peacefully on March 31, after a short battle with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD).  He was a lifelong Cincinnatian, born on March 18, 1947, and raised in Pleasant Ridge.  David attended Woodward High School, class of 1965, and went on to graduate from the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy.  Pharmacy ran in his family - as a child he spent many hours in the pharmacy his father owned.  Pharmacy became his passion, and following in his father’s footsteps, he joined and expanded Mitchell Pharmacy, with the last location being in Montgomery.  It was in the Montgomery pharmacy that he met the love of his life, Pam, who he married in 1987.
After selling Mitchell Pharmacy, David worked with his nephews at Axcess Financial from which he recently retired.  Although Pharmacy was his calling, he was a very smart and personable man, so he was successful in just about anything he did.  David was an avid reader and a true intellect.  He loved all sports with football and golf at the top of the list.  He regularly played golf with his high school and college buddies.  David was fortunate to attend the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, GA every year for the many decades, continuing a tradition his parents started more than 50 years ago.  He was excited to have already received his tickets in the mail for this year.
When Pam passed suddenly last year, David was devastated.  He worked very hard to rebuild a daily routine, and by the new year in 2020, he had taken on some new projects with some real forward-looking optimism.  He had just started to make plans for the next chapter in his life when this disease took hold.  David’s friends and family rushed to do whatever they could for him.  After all, he was someone whom everyone looked to for advice, humor, or just a good hug.  Usually all three of those things came at the same time.  His sense of humor, laugh, and genuine nature were incredible  Some lifelong friends were able to visit his home and sing happy birthday with him for his 73rd just weeks ago.  He has friends for miles around that would do anything for him, and that continues to be a comforting thing for his family during a particularly difficult time.  David was known affectionately by many of his close friends and family as “Mitch”.  However, there are four people in the world who know him only as “Papa”.  Those children have adored their fun, silly, and lovable Papa, and he so adored all of them.
David was preceded in death by his wife Pamela Mitchell, son Clinton Talmadge (C.T.) Mitchell, and parents George and Alice Mitchell.  He is survived by daughter Allison (Michael) Bolger of Chicago, grandchildren Aidan Mitchell, Madeline and Eleanor Bolger, and Stella Stewart, and sister Judy Davis of Cincinnati.  He is also survived by Aidan's mother, Katie Stewart, nephews David (Tracy) Davis and Jared Davis, niece Laura (Peter) Klekamp, and many beloved grand nieces and nephews.  David and Pam were longtime members of Indian Hill Church, where a service celebrating David's life will be held at a later date.
Spring Grove Elden Good is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, please consider a donation to CJD through The National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center at Case Western Reserve University or the CJD Foundation at or 3634 W. Market Street, Suite 110, Akron, OH 44333.

Also, or if you haven’t already, pour some Jack Daniels, take the glass, and lift it up to a man who gave us more love, laughs and late night conversations that have made us all better people for having been with him. 


March 31, 2020   

Journal entry by Allison Bolger 
This morning we received the sad news that David lost his struggle with this awful disease. We are completely heartbroken.  He went peacefully and quickly before we could be with him.  Covid-19 robbed us from being able to be with him and with family. Not being able to have been with him during this past week was devastating, but we are trying to take comfort in so many other moments we were able to share with him, moments that always included laughter, joy and hugs.  He is now at peace with my mom and C.T. in heaven. 
With the current situation related to Covid-19 in Ohio and elsewhere, we will be determining plans for a memorial at a future time.  Thank you everyone for your love and support.  It has meant the world to our family, and it is a true testament that David was such a wonderful, caring person who will always be remembered for his love, humor, genuine friendship, and great kindness. 
Please stay safe and stay home to keep your loved ones safe and healthy. 
So much love and gratitude from all of us -  
Allison and Michael Bolger
Judy Davis
Katie Stewart
Papa’s greatest loves - Madeline, Eleanor, Aidan & Stella
Read more entries on David's CaringBridge journal here 
At the 50th reunion.

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04/03/20 12:13 PM #14    

Jeff Robinson

The Dave Mitchell I knew reminded me of the guy who could put a BIG arm around you when you were in need. He kind of lumbered in his approach, almost slough like.When he addressed you the voice came from way down within, Again if memory serves me well, it evolved to a higher pitch upon release. I am sorry I never recorded him.  Here I stand writing this to his friends and family. Maybe some of you have that memory. You certainly show the LOVE 

04/03/20 01:09 PM #15    

Jill Harris (Goldstein)

so sorry to read about the passing of my classmate and one of the "good guys".  I know his memory will be a blessing to all who knew him.

04/03/20 07:55 PM #16    

Donna Mallin (Weinberg)

David, this is a very sad day.....I have lost a most distinctive friend who had managed to keep youth alive with that ever present smile and “sparkle “ in those eyes. I will hold a warm spot in my heart for you— never forgetting the special memories we shared starting when we met in Mr. Duffy’s home room at WHS. Over these long years and many miles apart, you never  wavered from your “ special ways”.  At last you are at peace.

Good times, good laughs, great friends.  I'll miss you, Dave.  

04/04/20 09:05 AM #17    

Ellis Richardson

I'm very sorry to learn of Dave's passing. My friendship with Dave was born on the football field. Dave was a great teammate, and a fine quarterback. I'll always recall him throwing me my first touchdown pass. RIP Dave!

04/05/20 01:46 PM #18    

Arnold Hanish

So  sorry  to hear and  read  about  Dave's  death. I knew Dave from  our  days  at  Schroeder... always  found  him to  be  very  inclusive , friendly and  willing  to  help  so  many. always  had a  smile  on  his  face . while  i  have  been  away  for  40 years, i  also  enjoyed  catching  up  with  David  at  reunions . We  have  lost  a  gem. May  you  rest  in  peace .. you  will be  missed  by the  many  whom  lives  you  impacted . You will live on  the  memories  and stroes  that  will be  told  for  years .


04/07/20 06:56 PM #19    

April Dombar (Davidow)

David and I met in the 9th grade and became friends. Not like most of you ,who have been close friends since you were little kids. Over the years we would bump into each other and he would greet me with a big HUG.  We worked on all the WHS Reunions together always laughing and having a good time.  Even though Dave had sadness in his life, he lit up the room with his smile. I am sure you all have some fun stories with Dave and some you’ll never share.  I hope that time will help to heal the ache in our hearts. Thank G-D for great memories.  

04/12/20 11:06 AM #20    

John Benner

David and I played together as little boys, we both lived on Mapleaf in Pleasanr ridge. I still remember falling off his porch (doing something stupid as usual) and watching his mother eat copius amounts of watermelom in his back yard. Although we pretty much lost touch with each other when he moved we were still went to the same schools. We ran with different groups and later lost touch altogether. I know he was a good man, rest in peace.

04/12/20 03:09 PM #21    

Robert Kabel

I was stunned to hear of David'e passing.  I last saw him at our 50th reunion and enjoyed catching up.  We knew each other from grade school through Woodward.  He always had kind words for everyone and was a great friend to many.

He will be remembered and missed.


04/12/20 05:37 PM #22    

Gwen Katz (Heilbrun)

I am so sorry to hear about Dave's passing. I think of him fondly as I look back at my Pleasant Ridge Elementary School days. My memories are of him in many of my classes. We then went on to Shroder and Woodward.
He had a smile on his face which I will remember always.

          Gwen Katz Heilbrun



04/14/20 04:11 PM #23    

Paul Feldman

I feel so bad  Dave has passed away. I remember first meeting Dave at the Sophomore openhouse we had in the Triangle prior to school beginning in September.I knew after meeting Dave that evening he was someone I  wanted to get to know. We became friends during the next three years and I will always remember Dave as a very sincere, bright , fun, good athlete.I didn't see much of Dave after High School until Steve Claybon moved to Palm Meadows. Dave was Steve's next door neighbor. I saw Dave often until he moved. I had the pleasure of seeing Dave at the planning meetings for our reunions. He never changed. The same great guy.Dave will be very missed. Dave's death is a great loss to our class. Paul Feldman




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