David Daniel Combs

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David Daniel Combs

Age 48, of Vienna, Virginia, formerly of Wallingford, Connecticut on Friday April 2, 2010. Beloved husband of Ralitsa R. Combs of Vienna, VA; loving son of Patricia Combs and the late Daniel Combs of Wallingford, CT; adored brother of Donald (Susan) Combs of Hampstead, NH, Laura Combs and her partner Rebecca Ceccarelli of Frassini, Italy, and Patrick (Joanne) Combs of Wallingford, CT; nephew of Marjorie, David, Robert, Eugene, Jerome, and the late Ray; uncle of Nicholas, Isabella, Colette, Daniel, Madison, and Morgan. Funeral arrangements are private. Memorial contributions may be made to Vienna Youth Sports Club, Inc. c/o Scott Hammond 442 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA, 22180 www.caringbridge.org

Funeral Home:

Money & King Funeral Home

171 W. Maple Ave.

Vienna, VA

US 22180

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Memories Timeline


  1. You will be missed, my good friend…in more ways than you can imagine. You were always there for others, full of humor and a spirit that was always helpful and courteous. You would listen to all of your conservative friends with a calm respect, and then strive to educate us to your liberal way of thinking–always in a way that made us listen, regardless of how pig-headed we might be. I will miss our humorous e-mail exchanges, but will always remember how you were there for me “at the epic Battle of Nakege” when I needed you. I wish you peace, BROTHER RAT.

  2. Dear Ralitsa, I am sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. I am one of his Brother Rats from VMI. I remember Dave as being quiet, friendly, and polite while we were at VMI. My condolences to you and your family. Sincerely, Steve Amato ’83

  3. Stick, I wish I had the words to let you know you’re sorely missed by me. You knew when to speak when needed and you knew when to listen. You were graceful when it had to be hard and you could laugh when it had to be painful. You were a man, a gentleman, a shipmate and a Brother Rat. …”Accept, by custom, what a brother’s tears drown and for eternity, Brother, “Hail and Farewell.” Catullus

  4. Dear Ralitsa, I am terribly sorry to hear of Daves passing. Dave was always kind and considerate of others. Please accept my sincere condolences to you and your family. Sincerely, Jamie MacDonald, VMI 83

  5. Dear Patricia and Patrick, we are so sorry for your lose our thoughts and prayers are with you. Cheryl and Lenny

  6. Ralitsa, David will be missed terribly by all who loved him and especially by you, who loved him and knew him the most. He was such a wonderful Big Brother! I am a very lucky person to have had him as a Brother and a friend. He was the kindest person I have ever known. I will always remember his caring smile and his endearing love for you. Patrick

  7. Ralitsa: I was deeply saddened to learn of David’s death and cannot imagine the heartache you and your family must feel right now. Please accept my condolences. To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die. Jim Outland 83

  8. Ralitsa, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of David. He was always a fine gentlemen and a good “Brother Rat”. God Bless You! Please accept my sincere condolences to you and your family. Chip Shirley-VMI ’83

  9. Ralitsa- We are very saddened to hear about David’s death. We all have very fond memories of summers in Madison with our cousin David and his family.You along with Aunt Pat,Donny, Laura and Patrick are in our thoughts and prayers.Love to you all- Maureen, Kathy, Michael and Sue Regan

  10. Dear Pat&Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time.May God, your family,and your many friends provide you with love and comfort. Love. Myron&Janet

  11. Dear Friends, Please accept my heart-felt thanks for the love and respect that you have shown Dave and us, his family. I know that Dave appreciates your kindness greatly, as do we. We will miss him terribly, although the loving memories of him will forever remain with us. As you are all aware, Dave was an extremely kind-hearted and generous human being. That is why we would suggest that in lieu of flowers you make a memorial contribution to the son of our dear friend and neighbor Dianne Hammond, Scott. Scott is a wonderful yound man who suffers from a rare form of cancer and who bravely went through numerous treatments. He and Dianne have comforted us greatly at this difficult time. You can find more information about Scott at http://www.caringbridge.org. Contributions should be mailed to: Vienna Youth Club, Inc. c/o Scott Hammond 442 Maple Ave East Vienna, Virginia 22180. Dave and we, his family, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being there for us and for taking the time to remember him as the wonderful human being that he was and will remain forever. May he rest in peace. God Bless, Ralitsa

  12. We have been blessed to have known David and Ralitsa, our wonderful neighbors. David is the most kindest man I think I will ever meet in my life. David, thank you for going out and cleaning the four feet of snow off my car after our most recent blizzard in February even when I told you to go back in the house. Thank you for fixing my sink and going to Home Depot to get the parts. Thank you for always asking how Scott is doing. You will be forever in our hearts, and I pray that Scott grows up and becomes the wonderful husband, brother, son, uncle that you have become. We love you Ralista and we will always be there for you. Love you David. Diane and Scott Hammond

  13. The Combs Family, please accept our dear condolences. David was a gentle and kind man and will be missed very much by The Scacca Family and The Tavana Family.

  14. Ralitsa, I was so sorry to hear of Davids passing. Please accept my sincere condolences. May God be with you and your family. Keith Hannabass ’83

  15. David will be missed by all that loved and knew him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. May he rest in peace. Love the Wojcik’s.

  16. Dear Combs Family, I was saddened to hear of the passing of your husband, son and brother David. I offer my prayers and condolences and wish you the best in this time of sadness.

  17. Mrs. C, Laura, Donny, Patrick and Ralista – I was so saddened to hear the news about David’s passing. You are all in my heart and thoughts during this difficult time. I so fondly remember all the chats on the couch at the house in Wallingford during holidays as a kid. David was a gentle soul and will be missed by all those whose lives he’s touched. With love, Robin

  18. Dear Combs Family, I am very saddened to learn of your loss. I can only offer my prayers and thoughts for David and your entire family. You are a wonderful family and I am sure you will take care of each other in this time and the future. May God bless all of you.

  19. I only met David a couple of times, but in that short time I could tell that he was a gentle good human being that always did good to all and God will shine on him brightly in heaven. My condolences to all his family members and may peace be with you all.

  20. Dear Patty, Pat and family I didn’t know David but from what I have read he was a remarkable man, and loved by all. May your wonderful memories help you throught these dark days. Pat So sorry you have to go througt this pain may the good Lord give you strength . You and your family are in our prayers our hearts and in our minds. May you find peace in the fact that so many people care about you all. Wish } could just give you all a hug love Mikki and Teddy Wojcik

  21. Ralitsa, Patricia, Donny, Laura, and Patrick: I am shocked beyond belief at reading of your loss. Please know that each of you are in my prayers. Blessings and Love, Alice Fekete

  22. Dear Combs Family, We would like to give our condolences. We are very saddened to hear about David. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  23. Ralitsa, David was a friend and classmate. Please accept my sincerest condolences on your loss. The world will now be a little less friendly with his departure. In this often harsh and bitter place David always had a kind word to say and always looked for the good in people. I will miss his humor and quick wit. Please remember that his friends and classmates will always be here to help you. May God bless and keep you and your family. Marc Guevremont83

  24. Patrick and the Combs family, Linda, Liam, Keira, and I want you all to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May your memories of David bring you comfort during this time. Love, The Hassett family

  25. Pat and Family: Deepest condolences on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  26. Dear Mrs. Combs, Laura, Patrick and Donny — I am shocked and saddened by David’s death, and I can only begin to imagine how devastated and heartbroken you all must be. While many years have passed since I last saw David, he had a real impact on me as I was growing up, as each of you did. I knew him as a unique, bright, kind and strong yet gentle person who was passionate about his interests and beliefs. Almost every conversation I ever had with David challenged me, broadened my thinking and taught me to look at things in new ways, and I will remember him with fondness and great respect. Please know that each of you and Ralitsa are in my thoughts and prayers. With love, Rick

  27. Dearest Patty; When I got the terrible, shocking news about David, I was taken back to that night, many years ago, when the phone rang with news of Dan. I couldn’t believe it then, and I can’t believe it now. My heart aches for what you, Don, Laura, and Patrick are suffering through. It just doesn’t seem fair. David was a fine young man; highly intelligent, strong willed, gentle, and generous to a fault. I have wonderful memories of David, and the many special times our families spent together. Laura had a special bond with David, and, although one doesn’t identify favorites amongst their “kids’, I think, truth be known, David was hers! Having had the opportunity to spend all those wonderful years together with your family was a priceless gift to the entire Hirsch Family, and David was a big part of that gift. Although we hadn’t seen him in years, Laura and I will miss him. We love you guys very much and are holding you close in our hearts over the many miles. We will talk to you in the not to distant future. Fred and Laura Hirsch

  28. Dear Ralitsa, I was shocked and saddened to learn of your husbands death. His passing is both untimely and unjust. There are no comforting words which can diminish the loss you are experiencing and the grief which you must feel. Though I never met David personally, you always spoke of him with loving care and concern. I offer my heartfelt condolences and extend my deepest sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I pray you find strength to cope with your grief and move forward with your life. Your friends and collegues are there for you. If there is anything I can help you with, please let me know.

  29. The Varley family treasures the memory of David, a summer neighbor from the year he was born, through decades of our children growing up together at the shore. David, always the gentleman, respectful, focused and totally trustworthy, helped us all to learn to adjust to a different way of planning our lives. He was one of a kind, and one who left us with fond memories.

  30. My deepest condolences to the Combs family. i worked with David from 1999-2004 and quite honestly he taught me everything i know in the business. my sadness at searching for him to reconnect, only to find this. i will forever cherish the knowledge he passed to me as well as the stories of his time at vmi, his self published Ultimate Unknown, the meeting of his wife, and the subsequent great stories of his life that he shared to such a young impressionable trainee. i am forever thankful for him and what he did for me. rest in peace David, you will not be forgotten.

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