David William Fosbury
12/30/1928 - 09/14/2023
Obituary For David William Fosbury
David William Fosbury, 94, of Southport, NC passed away peacefully September 14, 2023 at CarePartners Hospice Solace Center, Asheville, NC. A life well lived and an English gentleman, he had a profound impact on those fortunate enough to have known him and shared in his passions of teaching, sailing, and travel.
He is survived by his two sons, Michael (Belle Maloy) and Hugh (Lisa Mahoney); granddaughter Melissa (Sean White); grandsons James (Becca Theriault), Jonathan, and great-granddaughter, Olivia. His England family, nephews Richard (Carole) Baker and Christopher (Sean) Baker; great nephews and great niece, James, Andrew (Hridi), Matthew and Elin Baker. David was predeceased by his beloved wife of 66 years, Deborah Elizabeth Sykes (Elwell) and his sister Rita Baker of Shropshire, England.
David was born on December 30, 1928 in Halifax, England to William and Elsie Fosbury. Upon graduating with a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Birmingham University, he and Debs married in Abingdon in 1955. Shortly after, he choose his first job with DuPont, U.S.A. and soon sailed across the Atlantic. They lived in Kinston and Grifton, NC, Hendersonville, TN, Signal Mountain, TN and finally Southport, NC. His last professional job was teaching Chemistry via the internet for Chattanooga State Community College until the age of 90. He also taught boating safety and navigation with the US Power Squadron in Chattanooga and Southport. They were members of the Episcopal church. He and Debs loved to entertain with friends and family throughout their lives; reading, learning, sailing, and family, including their many pets, all enriching his life.
As we mourn the absence of David in our lives, we also celebrate the brother, husband, father, grandfather and consummate teacher he always was through out his life. The family will hold a private memorial ceremony.
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