David James Kiskadden
Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends leave footprints in your heart! Eleanor Roosevelt
David James Kiskadden, 65, formerly of Butler, Pennsylvania and Denton, Texas passed away after a sudden illness on November 6, 2018. The son of James and Anita Kiskadden, David was born in Butler, Pennsylvania on January 4, 1953. He graduated from Butler Senior High School in 1971 among a very large class with few whom he did not know. He was active in numerous activities including student announcer and lead drummer for a well known group by the name of King Kong.
David moved to Denton, Texas and later attended the University of North Texas. He worked at the State School in Denton for many years and retired early to care for his ailing mother and step-father.
A fan of all things Pittsburgh, especially sports, David looked forward to annual trips back to western Pennsylvania to visit friends who had become family. A possible Pirate game, an evening out at the Elks but most of all, shared time with those who he loved and those who loved him back. A devout lover of homemade Italian foods and culture (his mother’s maiden name was Equizi), he NEVER cut his spaghetti pasta and would not condone those who did.
All this said, David Kiskadden was no ordinary person. Although his parents have long passed, he never married and had no siblings. But this obituary is a symbol of the deep and abiding love so many had for David. Literally, friends have come together from Butler to Denton, Chicago to St. Augustine, Portland to Pittsburgh and so many other points in between to grieve his passing and share his humor, good spirit and love.
Never one to know a stranger and a friend to all, David was the one who brought along a smile, funny stories, good drinks and many laughs. His many friends became family. Big brother, little brother, Godfather, uncle, care taker, guardian of good music, provider of much humor and so many other roles for so many other people. He so easily became a part of your family. The grief shared by so many has been palpable, gut wrenching and, for some even paralyzing.
As we all struggle with how to say goodbye and what to do in your absence, know that you have brought a very large and unrelated family together. Perhaps your final and greatest legacy is in bringing so many friends together to act, in your absence, as family, to share in your love and to bear witness to your living legacy among us. You will not be forgotten and you will always be loved. So this won’t be goodbye but more simply – “love ya, and see ya soon”.
A non-ceremonial cremation is being planned by the Denton Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Written by Jim Firster