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Born: March 10, 1945

Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, PA

Death: July 25, 2013

Place of Death: Melbourne, FL

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Beckman-Williamson Funeral Homes and Crematory
Viera, FL

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David Selwyn Huysman, II

    March 10, 1945  -  July 25, 2013
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Life Legacy

David Selwyn Huysman II was born on March 10, 1945 in Bellevue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Elizabeth McQuown Huysman and David Selwyn Huysman. From kindergarten through fourth grade he attended Jackson School in Bellevue. During the next three years, his family lived in Marietta, Ohio, before returning to the Edgewood area of Pittsburgh, where he was graduated from Edgewood High School in 1963.

During his early years Dave was involved with scouting activities, church youth groups, football at Edgewood High School, and the school choir. On summer breaks, he worked at Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York. He loved to drive sports cars in the western Pennsylvania hills and would always stop to admire the classics. His favorite form of relaxing was boating. Both sail and power boats on almost any body of water would make him happy.

Dave attended and received a degree in civil engineering from Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University). While at “Tech” he was an active member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. After graduation, his first job was with Rust Engineering in Pittsburgh. Rust transferred him to Oak Ridge, Tennessee where he was introduced to fire protection engineering, and fell in love with the industry, devoting the rest of his career to it. He worked for Automatic Sprinkler Corporation in Miami, Florida and was transferred to Orlando to establish an office in the rapidly growing “post-Disney” city. He also worked with Orlando Automatic Sprinkler from the mid 1970s, eventually becoming President, Southeastern Fire Sprinklers, and finally joining Southern Fire Protection of Orlando in the mid 90s where he served as Palm Bay branch manager until his retirement on June 30, 2013. Because he was passionate about the advancement of the industry, he taught at the Florida Automatic Sprinkler Training (FAST) for many years, forming the educational foundation for the sprinkler industry. Over the years, he became a specialist in high hazard and specialty protection projects all over Florida. For 30 years, he served the Florida Fire Sprinkler Association (FFSA), the National Fire Protection Association, and Associated Builders and Contractors as a volunteer and member of FFSA’s founding board of directors, helping to guide the direction of the codes and laws that govern the entire industry, making Florida one of the leading states for fire protection. In June of 2013, he received a proclamation from Florida Governor Rick Scott for his many years of dedicated service to the fire protection industry. There are very few in the history of this industry who earned the amount of respect Dave had.

In 1968, he married Cynthia Stone of Pittsburgh, daughter of Cynthia McClung Stone and Stephen Stone, Jr. They had two children, David Selwyn Huysman III and Mary Heather Huysman. Dave enthusiastically cheered on his young children at Judo classes, Cub Scouts, Indian Guides and Indian Princesses meetings, hikes, and campouts; soccer games, and dance recitals. He sweat through the tears that erupted during homework sessions, and celebrated with them at frequent street parties and day trips to the family boat on the Mount Dora, Florida chain of lakes. The marriage ended and in the late 1990s Dave moved to Melbourne, Florida. He met Mary Ann Lewis at the Suntree Rotary morning meeting, where they were both members, and where Dave held the offices of international director, sergeant at arms, president-elect and President. They married on October 4, 2008. Mary Ann and Dave's marriage was short on time, but long in love and forever in devotion.

Through their marriage, Dave gained five more children: Timothy Lewis (Sandy), Jane Swisher, Eric Lewis (Sabina), Keith Webster, and J. Keith Lewis; six granddaughters, Kelley Lewis Laswell (Cameron), Katie Lewis, Chloe' Swisher, Kymberly Burress (George), Jasmine Lewis, and Maya Lewis. During the last four years he became a great grandfather to Gauge Burress and Addison Laswell. Their honeymoon trip was to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and later in the year to South Lake Tahoe, California. Other trips included resorts in the Bahamas and North Florida, St Augustine, Florida, Hawks Cay and Fantasy Fest in the Florida Keys, as well as The Champions Gate Resort in Orlando. Mary Ann had a timeshare they enjoyed in various Mexico locations, Miami Beach, FL, and New Bern, NC. There were many family visits throughout the country, including a combination visit to his sister Betsy in Minnesota, a wedding reception for Mary Ann's son, and a wonderful week alone in Door County, WI. They also took a trip to Pittsburgh, PA in August 2012 for Dave's second cousin Ann's wedding, and spent time in Atlanta to celebrate daughter Mary's Ph. D. commencement in December of 2012.

There were many trips to Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa beginning in July 2011 after Dave was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. With their positive outlook and strong love for each other, they refused to accept any outcome but complete success, and for all but two trips, Dave drove. He drove for their last trip together to the Final Four Championship in Atlanta in April 2013. They had a great visit with Dave's daughter Mary, Mary Ann's son Timothy, and his daughter Katie, a Wichita State Cheerleader. He valiantly fought this brutal cancer for two long years.

Dave passed away at home on the afternoon of July 25, 2013, surrounded by his entire immediate family. He was tended to by the compassionate nurses of Hospice, and his family is enormously grateful for the care and comfort these special people gave. He will be dearly missed by his family, extended family, friends, and colleagues who loved him so very much.

Services will be held at Eastminister Presbyterian Church 106 North Riverside Drive, Indialantic, Florida 32903 on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 10:30AM. Interment services will be held at Palm Cemetery at 1005 N. New York Avenue, Winter Park, Florida on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 1:30P.M. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in David's memory to Wuesthoff Brevard Hospice and Palliative Care at 8060 Spyglass Hill Road, Viera, Florida 32955 or Rotary Foundation , mail to Rotary Club of Suntree, P.O. Box 410278, Melbourne, Florida 32941