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  1. Joan Farnworth
    April 12, 2014 @ 6:24 pm

    It seems odd that I have not been mentioned in David’s life as I was married to him for 11 years – we lived in Benoni South Africa. David left me for his second wife whom he divorced. He came to see me not that long before he died. I wonder why I have bee written out of his life? I was not even informed of his death.

  2. Herb Agner
    February 21, 2013 @ 2:40 pm

    I never met Dave, but Lucky Baldwin’s are some of my favorite pubs in LA. His legacy is intact, and I just wanted to say “thanks” here to him for all the great times I’ve been able to have because of the establishments he created. Thanks Dave and save a pint for me in the next life!

  3. Jenn Brandt
    February 2, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

    I found out not too long ago. I knew Dave since luckys first opened up in old town. Dave was a salty character but with a kind heart, loving heart.
    miss u

  4. Rob Franklin
    November 30, 2011 @ 2:29 am

    I was so very saddened to hear of David’s death, and on behalf of all his ex colleagues and friends at VisitBritain, I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to his family. He will be sorely missed by all of us who knew him.

  5. Brandon
    November 11, 2011 @ 12:09 pm

    I never got a chance to meet Dave (or maybe I met him and just never knew it), but I’m thankful for his contributions to the Los Angeles and Pasadena beer scene. I’ve been to Lucky B’s way too many times to count, and I always have a blast there so thanks for everything. I’ll definitely be having a brew or two in his honor. My condolences go out to his friends and family.

  6. Wendy Littlefield & Don Feinberg
    November 8, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

    David was fun,collaborative,imaginative and so very kind. We adored working with him and Peggy on the Belgian extravaganzas they cooked up each year at Lucky Baldwins.
    Our industry is full of spirited characters and big-hearted souls. David is right at the head of that pack. We like to imagine that at this moment he and Ray Deter (of DBA) are relaxing on a big fluffy cloud, sharing a chalice of Belgian ale. David made the world he lived in a better place and died far too young. We were so glad to know him.

  7. Pam
    November 8, 2011 @ 2:54 pm

    Sending my condolonces to Dave’s family. My memories are from the early 70’s in England and being introduced to Soul music and scooters by Dave. Happy memories of a lovely man.

  8. Bob Wright
    November 3, 2011 @ 9:49 pm

    Sad news for me. Dave was a good man who will be missed by many.
    Forever grateful for his kindness to the Liverpool fans and his sacrifice of the early morning games.
    Hoping his children will be OK, will pray for them.
    He gave us a place with a great atmosphere.

    Thanks to Russell for giving us a chance to say goodbye, even though it was sad to see him so sick.
    He had never been sick.

    Bob

  9. Nick
    November 3, 2011 @ 6:13 am

    I first met Dave at the original Lucky B’s at the corner of Arroyo and Union in 1994. He introduced us to our first Barleywine, Old Nicks.Also our first Belguim ales, sharing a bottle with us.Since that day it was a hop spot for my freinds and I. Farewell Dave, were gonna miss.Get that pub open wherever you are.

  10. Andris Teti {Andrais}
    November 3, 2011 @ 5:44 am

    I have had the good fortune to work for & get to know Dave for 15 ++ years..threw tuff times & good !!! most good !!!He probibly wantid to strangle me most times .. The hardest working man I know !!!for sure.I will miss him but remember the education & support he has given me for years !!!!!!!!!! I love working at luckys and meeting the drinkers & friends coming in . Peg & Dave have ben the best !!! i would do it all over if had to !! he will always be with us sipping the ale’s & i will continue working & supporting Peggy & family at Lucky Baldwins as long as thay will have me!!!!! I Love you Dave & Peg & family !!! Andris p.s. thanks for the good words people !! XOXO

  11. Steve Zweig
    November 2, 2011 @ 9:40 am

    I first went Belgium in 2004 with Dave and six others for ten days. It was more fun than you could imagine. Dave made arrangements for our brewery visits et al. Unforgettable.

    Cheers, Mate!! RIP with G-d…SSZ

  12. LA Spurs Supporters Club
    November 1, 2011 @ 8:12 pm

    RIP David.

    Thank for you for being so kind to open early for all of us over the years.

    Condolences to David’s family at this very sad time, from everyone at the L.A. Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Club.

  13. Randy Clemens
    November 1, 2011 @ 9:10 am

    I can’t even begin to express what a big impact Dave had on my appreciation for great beer. Back when I worked at Whole Foods Arroyo, he’d come by a couple times a week for a pint of Gouden Carolus Noel, St. Bernardus Abt 12, or really whatever I had on tap that was delicious. He’d often come in with Penny or his brother, and he’d always strike up a conversation with somebody. We’d chat and he’d always instill me with some new wisdom about beer.

    I still remember my first visit to Lucky Baldwins, finally making it over after Dave kept coming to my establishment and asking what I was waiting for. I asked about Bacchus, which he told me was terrible, though he proceeded to pour me a glass anyway. I took a sip, enjoyed the hell out of it, and looked up to see Dave grinning. There it was…that telltale humor that endeared so many of us to him. He was one helluva guy, and I’ll always cherish the times I got to spend in his presence. Thanks for everything, Dave. You knew how to live!

  14. Jonathan O
    October 31, 2011 @ 9:39 pm

    Dave took beer to a whole new level. Compared to the Toronado and Monk’s I’d take Lucky B’s any day. On its best days LBs was better than any other beer bar in the US. Dave refined numerous crude american palates and had more of an influence on food culture than will be recognized. Cheers Dave. Your beer mania lives on!

  15. Delia
    October 31, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    My deepest condolences to Dave’s family. I have enjoyed going to LB’s for many years for the excellent beer and comeradieship. He will be sorely missed.

  16. Victor
    October 30, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    Dave was a pioneer in “good beer bars” in Los Angeles. Lucky Baldwins was the only place I could get an Aventinus or Piraat on tap in the proper glass 10 years ago. Still may be today…

    Cheers Dave, you’ll be missed. And thanks again for the mini Chimay glass!

  17. Tracey Gilbert
    October 30, 2011 @ 11:16 am

    David, his wife Anne and their beautiful kids John and Kate have been friends with my family for the past 20 plus years. David was a wonderful family man and the best father to his kids. He’ll be missed. God bless you David, you are at peace now and will be watching over your family for eternity.

  18. Barry, Linda & Zoe Griffin
    October 30, 2011 @ 7:18 am

    What sad news :o( Thanks Dave, you’ll definitely be missed. Even our 6 yr. old enjoys going to Lucky’s to pass the afternoon away. Her favorites are the crisps and sweets.

  19. Ric
    October 29, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

    RIP Dave, you are missed.

  20. Diana Davis
    October 29, 2011 @ 12:50 pm

    David was a wonderful man. He took good care of all the Maltose Falcons whenever they came by. he let me take the entire upstairs on a busy Saturday Night for my Husband’s birthday and happily wolfed down my carrot cake. He cheerfully fulfilled my request to serve my first bulldog, Halsey, a hamburger patty on the patio every year on the dog’s birthday. He brought amazing beer to Los Angeles. He was a real character in a town full of fake people. Some couldn’t handle David’s quirks, but then, they probably couldn’t find Belgium on a map and prefer Budweiser, anyhow. God knows what treasures he had hidden beneath the OG pub. May they now see the light of day in his honor.

  21. Karin P
    October 29, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

    Thank you to Dave and all at Lucky’s for many wonderful nights on the patio rain or shine! It was at Lucky’s that I discovered my love of the Belgian brews and I look forward to the festival every year. Cheers to Dave!

  22. DazWr
    October 29, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

    I saw him two weeks ago and was reluctantly expecting this news. Godspeed Dave and are prayers are with your son and daughter as well as your many friends.

  23. tflemingo
    October 29, 2011 @ 11:18 am

    David, you alienated quite a few in your days but always did right by me.
    You were a good friend and I’ll miss you.
    CHEERS!

  24. Jon
    October 29, 2011 @ 9:46 am

    David, thank you for giving me a job for several years, thank you for helping mature my palate for the best beers in the world. You were indeed a salty old dog, but your heart was kind and gentle. Sorry to see you go, friend, but I know you’re better now. Sending love to those you leave behind.

  25. Rev. Rhino
    October 29, 2011 @ 2:30 am

    We had lots of beers and lots of laughs with Dave, going to miss him. Glad we met yoy Dave and thanks for the inspiration.

  26. Irene C. Smith
    October 29, 2011 @ 12:44 am

    R.I.P Mr. David many great times @ his pub, you will be missed dearly.
    Love, The Smith family El Paso, Tx

  27. Ed Chainey
    October 28, 2011 @ 11:38 pm

    Dave was a gentleman’s gentleman and a true publican’s publican. I raise my toast in his honor.

  28. Eric Bland
    October 28, 2011 @ 10:59 pm

    Never met David, but certainly enjoy Lucky Baldwin’s and his contribution to beer appreciation in LA.

  29. Brewgyver
    October 28, 2011 @ 10:43 pm

    I am truly shocked and saddened by this news. Was just checking email with a pint of homebrew, now opening a stashed bottle of Westy in his honor. Dave, you will be missed!

  30. clevskin
    October 28, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

    We had alot of good times @ Luckys, I got to have a few pints with David and he will be missed this beer beer I’m drinking while I’m texting this @this very moment is for him, oi oi oi cheers to David

  31. Rev. Rhino
    October 28, 2011 @ 8:23 pm

    Sad news, gonna miss Dave. Great man and lots of love for Craft Beer. Cheers Dave!

  32. Thomas H
    October 28, 2011 @ 8:15 pm

    LB was one of the first “good bars” I had ever been to. It’s also one of the first bars I ever got to try interesting Belgian beers on tap. I’m thankful for what David did for craft beer in Southern California, he will be missed.

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