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Mary Snow Nolette
Posted on Friday, October 24, 2008 - 2:51 am:   

We will post more info soon. Just wanted to let this family know. His Cass Corridor Tribe has been an important part of his life story.
Stephen Goodfellow (Admin)
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Registered: 6-2003
Posted on Friday, October 24, 2008 - 9:57 am:   

David was a joy to to converse with. At times, his cliff-hanging lifestyle caused me to shy away from his presence for my own self preservation. After the death of so many Corridorites due to the prevalent lifestyle of drugs and alcohol through the 70's and 80's, David was on my death watch list and I fully expected him not to live very long.
Contrary to my expectations, David cheated death by decades and spread joy wherever he went. It was such a pleasure to see him at the annual Dally in the Alley, so full of life.
I can think of no one who more expressed the essence of what the Corridor was than David. Truly, he will be missed.
Laura Grimshaw
Posted on Friday, October 24, 2008 - 8:21 pm:   

Much Love to David's family from Michigan. He and you all are in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for posting the information.
Ben Ross
Posted on Friday, October 24, 2008 - 11:41 pm:   

Ruminating on Snow for the last few days...MY first best memory of him ....riding the DSR to school at henry ford after i got the boot from mumford 1968, we talked about the medwed/baldwin/reznick band Jasmine or was it Jazzman play'n mayday at Wayne. later Hang'n out at the HOHO inn, and coppin at the open city free food store. lov to the tribe that remain! BR
Paula [Lindy]Kagan
Posted on Saturday, October 25, 2008 - 1:33 am:   

I met David in kindergarten. I grew up with David back when we attended MacDowell Elementary School with our friend Wendy Wilder and I was most always in love with him. He was clear-eyed and sweet, skinny and smart, smarter than most. We played at each other’s houses and in the schoolyard and schemed our way around the neighborhood. I moved over to Hampton but he and Wendy and I connected around early anti-war protests and were drawn after school and on weekends to Wayne State and the Cass Corridor mostly the DIA, Johnny’s, and Mixed Media. We did a lot of hanging around the front of the Library and roaming Detroit. Later, we went to the Grande and hung around the Castle and the Detroit Committee to End the War in Viet Nam [the High School Committee]. I then only saw David occasionally when I lived in Ypsi/Ann Arbor in late 60’s-early 70’s and once or twice in the later 70’s at Alvins when I lived in Canada and would come back to Detroit to visit. I have forgotten many people in my life but never David. In my few-times-a-year phone calls with Wendy Wilder, David always seems to emerge. Through all these 50-plus years he has held a place in my heart and I was happy last year when I discovered the Tribes website. It brought back a lot of memories. I am so saddened to hear of his passing and I want to extend my deepest sympathy to the Snow family and hope that all your good memories of David and the support of family and friends helps you through this sad time. Paula [Lindy]Kagan, Chicago
carolyn seligson mickelson
Posted on Saturday, October 25, 2008 - 8:46 pm:   

Wow- I'm still in shock, just got Wendy's notice. Like Paula, I grew up with David. I was fascinated by his family living in the "barn" house and his Dad being an artist. His Mom was cool too. David was funny, smart and cute. Being a fellow aspiring artist he was one of the few people I could relate to. I loved him but our paths parted around high school and I only saw him a few times-when I worried about him and his lifestyle. I left for California and lost touch. I regret that I didn't know how to communicate with him in the past 30 years. My heart goes out to his family and the friends that knew him well. He brought joy and light into the world and will be missed.
Donna LeRoy
Posted on Sunday, October 26, 2008 - 2:00 am:   

I am so sorry David is gone. He was such a dear friend back in the 80s. We spent many interesting times together, great conversation and "fun" times. He was missed when he went away, but now he was taken for granted that I would see him again and again when he came back for a visit. Very sad loss.
wendy wilder
Posted on Sunday, October 26, 2008 - 1:49 pm:   

Dear MaryBeth, Please accept my deepest condolences on your family's loss of David. He was a beloved & very important part of our early MacDowell Family in Detroit. The farm house on Griggs (if i'm remembering right?) was a hub of creative intellectual, frenetic & a down to earth living breathing work of art. David shared many tales of his family in Maine, his parents, aka the old lady & the old man, who the rest of us kids thought were wonderful & oh so cool, & his entertaining siblings. David & his friends, of which I am one, had many adventures while we surfed the waves from childhood to adolescence to kinda grown up as best as we could figure it out at the momenthood. David was an artist & art at the same time. I am sorry to say that I am a lapsed friend like some others of his earlier Detroit Tribes and I hadn't kept in touch. My younger sister dated him a bit back in the early 80's but our lifepaths went different ways & news of one another was thru the grapevine. Now, I get to live with regrets & memories. (I wish I'd kept in touch, I wish I could have told him how valuable & terrific he was, i wish that I went to Woodstock with him & Andy etc.) I am happy that Dave made it past 30, his own predicted age of demise, and opted for life and extra pounds. I'm glad he kept his "shit together" so he could continue to share his amazing wry humor & appreciation for life's absurdities. I'm happy that he had so many friends and a loving family & was a pivotal member of the tribes. I'm happy that he was a friend of mine and that he made a wonderful difference in my life. And though his earth time was still too short, may the universe's garden embrace him! He is stardust, he is golden. And if possible, may he know that us temporary earth bound spirits send our love and thanks to him forever. Peace.
Sue Gonda
Posted on Sunday, October 26, 2008 - 9:42 pm:   

It's hard to convey my feeling of loss, knowing David has passed on. My very sincerest condolences. David was my last boyfriend in Detroit before I moved to San Diego in 1981. (Geez, how that word "boyfriend" is a misnomer for him!) He was so important to me and my journey to "find myself," as a 25-year-old girl from the suburbs who never felt comfortable in her skin. His art, humor, intelligence, and attitude all meant the world to me at that time, helping me to find my own life's passions. Those nights we sat up talking dawn; nights we sat in Alvins for hours after it closed... To this day, there aren't too many people with whom I could stay engaged for that continuous length of time! Stephen Goodfellow is right - David was the essence of the Corridor and why he, and it, have been so special to all of us at those moments in history. I have never been in an art gallery without thinking of David, even after all these years. It's cliche, I know, but he will always be with me - as he has been for the decades since my intimate time with him. Best, Sue
Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 7:14 pm:   



Roxanne Snow
Posted on Friday, October 31, 2008 - 6:28 am:   

We want to thank everyone who has posted here. It means much to David's family to be able to read the memories and thoughts that you have of him.
He loved you all.
Mark and Roxanne Snow

As crazy as those time were, I think he was at his happiest.
Jen Bradford
Posted on Sunday, November 02, 2008 - 8:13 am:   

I was a friend of David's when he lived in Maine. I moved to NY a few years back, but was able to visit him at the hospice before he passed. When I got there his eyes were closed, so I rubbed his hand a bit. Suddenly he says, "Oh man, I thought you were one of the nurses - they're always doing shit like that, it's like LADIES please, two at a time!" - 100% David Snow. I fussed with his dinner tray at one point, and he gave me shit for that too. It made me feel better.

I only knew him during the years he was sober, and worried about how he would be feeling about everything. I've gotta say, he was solid - almost triumphant, really, to have some control over how things were going to play out at hospice, very accepting of the reality of the situation. He got cards and calls from a good many people, and was obviously moved by it.

I often wished he had the kind of community he valued so much in Detroit when he was sober. He knew a great many people, continued to make art, read libraries of books, stayed tight with Paul Lichter of course. But I know that many of you people were his heart, and he missed you often.

This board won't let me post a link, but there is a wonderful photo of David taken in 1953 on my blog, which you can find from here: jenbradford.blogspot.com

He was good to me. I was glad to find this tonight. xo
Bob Higgins
Posted on Monday, November 03, 2008 - 1:44 am:   

From Amigos community in Portland, ME. He spent a lot of time with us in the last year, he will be missed. Several of us did visit in the hospital, but didn't get the word that he had passed till Sat Nov 1. He will be missed
David Waxer
Posted on Monday, November 03, 2008 - 3:45 am:   

Sad to learn of the passing of a smart, creative and kind-hearted soul. I can't remember a mean word from his mouth...except of course his fondly-remembered-shouted-from-two-blocks-away insults as we approached one another and Sammy at Cambridge and Birwood, and then shared Winstons on the way to Mumford. Sincerest condolences to David's family and loved ones.
Mark Snow
Posted on Monday, November 03, 2008 - 3:47 am:   

There will be a going away party for David on November 8 from 1:00 p.m. on at his brother Jacob's house at 123 Waterman Beach Road in South Thomaston, Maine. All of David's friends are welcome. If you wish, bring a dish to share; but most importantly, bring yourself and your memories.
His brothers wish that they could have come to the Cass Corridor memorial and hope that everyone had a great time.
Elaine Tierman
Posted on Monday, November 03, 2008 - 10:02 am:   

Mark Snow, we honored David as a community. Dennis P. sang an a capella tune that touched my heart. We warmed each other with our embraces and fed each other's memories with all that your brother gave to us. Thinking of you...
Benajmin Snow
Posted on Monday, November 17, 2008 - 7:23 pm:   

This was written this week by a friend of David's in Portland:


They're all gone now, the books
and the dead poets in them,
the plates and the brooms,
the performers with their horns
and guitars, the cook with the skillet
and knife,
you who helped hold them together
for awhile,
are gone too
with the heavy furniture,
nondescript wool hat,
tales of Detroit,
the offhand wave,
the nonchalant smile.

Slippery truths hard as rocks
sharpened and deceived
your gaze throughout the years.

Still we are there,
as are you,
gathered together in
the glass and the noise,
the late night cacophony
of desire
you described
in flying metal waves.

Annie Seikonia, Nov. 2008
Sharon Newton
Posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 9:12 pm:   

Thanks so much for sharing this. David was loved by many in Detroit. He will be missed.
Albert Fenster
Posted on Monday, December 22, 2008 - 7:26 am:   

Very sorry to hear of David's passing. David became a friend when I moved to Detroit and enrolled at Macdowell for the 9th grade and we were friendly for a time at Mumford. David was cool and hip. He had a wonderful sense of humor and at that age a sarcastic wit. Thin and a bit waiflike he was great fun to hang around with and I always admired his art. May his memory be a comfort and a blessing to his family and loved ones.
Laura Bommarito
Posted on Wednesday, January 07, 2009 - 2:40 am:   

What a character David was. He despised sentimentality, gossip and shallowness in people. Although somewhat somber, he had a quick wit and a wicked sense of humor. He was my introduction to the Cass Corridor through his brother Ben, my high school sweetheart. David introduced me to the bars, people and lifestyle, which, good or bad, are still a part of my life and shaped who I am. Somewhere I have a photo of him in sunglasses posing in front of a vista, shirtless, with the words, "Welcome to Earth" written on his chest. Of course he wasn't smiling. As an artist he embodied the Cass Corridor and I'll never be able to separate his memory from it. Everyone who knew David will miss him.
Posted on Friday, February 27, 2009 - 5:23 am:   

There is no one like David. He told me during one of our last conversations, while he was in hospice, that he had no regrets, that he was ok with dying, and that he had enjoyed his life. We all share alot of good memories of David, and my only wish for him is that he could have stuck around a little longer.
Jen Bradford
Posted on Tuesday, September 01, 2009 - 11:18 pm:   

Thinking of David on his birthday. xo
Posted on Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 3:16 pm:   

Happy Valentine's Day Lover,
Thank you for all those years together even when we were apart, you and I were the best of the rest. I will always grieve your real death because you always meant the world to me: even when we drove down a one way street the wrong way together. Our God, I wish you were still here. My heart goes all out to your survivors: dad, sis, and 3 little brothers.
Forever, Virgie Ann
Posted on Wednesday, July 06, 2011 - 2:37 pm:   

I'm not easily impressed. . . but that's ipmressing me! :-)
Posted on Wednesday, July 06, 2011 - 10:08 pm:   

Kudos to you! I hadn't thuohgt of that!
Posted on Friday, July 08, 2011 - 4:43 am:   

What a joy to find such clear tnhiikng. Thanks for posting!
Antonio Alvarez
Posted on Sunday, November 06, 2011 - 1:47 am:   

What first called my attention about David was his tempo.. his every move and every word seemed to require in him a reflexion. I can't say we were friends (we were in different worlds), but we liked each other enough to stop and chat, over a beer or a coffee, everytime we did meet.. and meet we did often in the 80's: at openings, concerts, at Alvin's, in Cafe Detroit, in the Song Shop, in Circa, and often having sunday-breakfast near the DIA in the corner of Woodward and East Palmer (a great tradition of omelets, all you could drink coffee, and tons of Detroit Free Press).. and, of course, at the Dally. In those days I lived in the building next to Cafe Detroit in West Palmer (later I lived for a few years at Forest)so running into David was not a hard task. I liked the guy a lot.. he was always good conversation, and almost always carried a book under his arm, like I used to do.. maybe that's what drew us to each other to begin with. I hope that, wherever he is, we will meet again.
Posted on Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 10:52 pm:   

You saved me a lot of hlasse just now.
Tony Preston
Posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2012 - 3:05 am:   

David was a dear friend of mine in Portland. We shared the path of sobriety. Before I moved from Portland in 2003 he scolded me "people don't move away just for the sake of weather". How right he was for I missed knowing him in his final years. I marveled at the fantastic family photo history he kept on his walls, his humor, wisdom and strength.I am so sad now to have lost touch with him after my move but am grateful for having had the good fortune to know him for the years I did. My sincere condolences to his family.

Posted on Monday, June 25, 2012 - 10:45 pm:   

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