David Bruce Garwood, 59, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 while at work. David was a life-long resident of Manlius, New York. David’s life is hallmarked by two words: service and dedication. David served almost fifteen years as an attorney with the Pinsky Law Group, representing fire departments and emergency service organizations throughout the state. He lectured and wrote frequently on topics important to first responders and was an aggressive advocate for the legal rights and safety of first responders. As a first responder himself, David served his community for over 30 years with the Manlius Fire Department, including serving as President of the Manlius Volunteer Fire Company.
David frequently enjoyed working with Syracuse University law students in trial advocacy competitions.
David was well known to many in his community as the long-time owner and operator of Limestone Liquors (Manlius), having taken over from his pre-deceased father Robert K. Garwood. David operated the business for many years with his wife Kelly Garwood before selling the business to a new owner.
David graduated from Fayetteville Manlius High School, received a Bachelor of Arts and his Juris Doctor from Syracuse University.
David’s first love always was his family, which he cherished with all of his heart. He was happiest while spending his vacation’s summer days with his family in Lewes, Delaware. David was incredibly passionate about soccer and was a huge Syracuse University basketball fan. He was an avid cyclist and even sang with the Syracuse Opera Company and at his church.
David is survived by his wife of 33 years Kelly, his three children Allison, Stephanie and Robert, his sister Diane and his mother Terry.
Funeral arrangements are closed to the public due to COVID restrictions, but may be viewed on the Eaton Tubbs Facebook page and website beginning on Thursday, January 7th.
A celebration of life will be planned at a later date.
Anyone wishing to make a donation in his name may do so at the website of the Manlius Volunteer Fire Company.