David Burchfield Lay, 62, beloved husband, father, and Pop-pop, passed away on October 19, 2021. He was born January 12, 1959, in Shelby, Ohio to Ben and Donna Lay.
Dave is survived by his wife of 44 years Jody; sons Jeremy (Brandy), Ben (Helen), and Pete (Kateryna), daughter Amy; sister Brenda (Craig), and grandchildren Gabrielle, Brennan, and Mairi.
Never was a song far from his lips. Dave’s love of music began around the piano with his Grandmother Bernice Smith, singing in the Shelby High School choir, featured while emceeing at the Stardust Talent Show, playing guitar throughout his life, and gripping the soul of anyone within earshot. It was around a campfire singing that he first met the love of his life, Jody, shortly after which the two were married in 1977. His gift for music is shared by the many who got to see him perform throughout his life and was passed on lovingly to his children and grandchildren. Few times was there more delight in his eyes than when he was blending harmonies with his family.
Dave had a lifelong connection to carpentry and construction, at times as President of Innovative Builders Corporation, and then as a superintendent with R.G. Beer Corporation, MKC Architects, and finally with Turner Construction Company. Anyone who worked with him knew that even on the hardest of days, his patented combination of firm hand blended with humor made no task impossible. Even while reading this obituary, he would probably be quick to tell you “Alright, back to work,” with a wry smile lingering in his voice. Simply holding one of the beautiful pieces of woodworking that came out of his shop speaks volumes of his artistry, attention to detail, and indefatigable love of craftsmanship.
His optimism and humor embodied the expression that he “never met a stranger.” Whether telling jokes that brought out equal groans and laughter, speaking “fluent” Spanish, or regaling listeners about the latest history book he had read, his unique character left a handprint on so many who will love and cherish his memory forever.
Dave’s family would invite any who would like to attend visiting hours to the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home on Friday, October 29, 2021 from 3 to 7 p.m. Face masks are required.
No flowers, please. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either Shelby High School Choir at shelbyk12.org/departments/performing-arts/shelby-choir/, or to Habitat for Humanity at www.habitat.org, in Dave’s honor.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Lay family. Share a message of support with them – or watch Dave’s tribute video – online at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com