‘He was a true gentleman’

Published 8:46 am Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Kenbridge resident David Wingold Sr. — a member of the Lunenburg County Board of Supervisors — died Thursday.

Wingold died of infection-related complications following a Jan. 23 surgery to repair a fractured vertebra.

Wingold was the District 2 Supervisor and the chairman of the board of supervisors in 2015 and 2016. He’d served as a supervisor since 2007, according to Lunenburg County Administrator Tracy Gee. Gee said Wingold was also on the Commonwealth Regional Council.

Wingold’s colleagues described him as funny, kind and devoted to his job and his family.

District 1 Supervisor T. Wayne Hoover said Wingold was always there to

crack a joke or make everyone smile at a board meeting.

“David always had an air about him,” Hoover said. “He would smile and crack a joke and would make you laugh no matter what; he was a true gentleman and fun to be around.”

“He had a really dry sense of humor and always kept (the board) laughing, even when things were going south,” Gee said.

Gee said Wingold loved Lunenburg and made it known he was a member of the board of supervisors for the community.

“He didn’t like people to fuss over him,” Gee remembered. “He just wanted to do his job.”

Hoover said Wingold’s death came as a shock many of the supervisors.

“We knew he had back surgery but we just thought he was in the process of recovering; we expected him to be back and cracking jokes again soon,” Hoover said. “Someone will soon take his place on the board but you can never really replace him.”

According to the county’s website, Wingold started serving the Brown’s Store District starting in January 2007, filling the unexpired term of Sidney Smyth.

“Wingold then ran for the next full term and served two full four-year terms, plus one year, for a total of 10 years as the Brown’s Store Supervisor. Wingold recently completed his two-year appointment as chairman of the board of supervisors,” officials said in the statement.

Wingold most recently served as chairman of the Commonwealth Regional Council, according to the statement.

“David had a great sense of humor, a contagious laugh, a lot of pride for his hometown of Kenbridge, dedication to his elected position, love for his family and was a respected colleague and friend to us all. He will be sorely missed.”

A funeral was held place Monday at 11 a.m. at Clarke Funeral Home in Kenbridge.

In memory his memory, donations are requested to Kenbridge United Methodist Church or Kenbridge Fire Department.