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June 12, 2019 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm UTC-4
Meeting at Gather, 2920 West Broad St., 11:45 – 1:00 p.m.
In 2014, St.James’s started a ministry to independent contractors, self-employed professionals and freelances that involved discussions around a shared meal. Originally led by the Reverend Dr. Mark Cooper, the group has continued as an independent lay ministry and meets monthly for lunch and conversation. While loosely about spiritual community, the group is a resource of networking and business insights.
If you’d like to join or be contacted with more information, please click this link and choose SelfStarters from the ministry list.
On June 12:
Dave Redmond was born in 1944 in the tobacco town of Bloomfield, CT in a family environment that could be characterized as dutiful. His family didn’t have money for a golf clubs for him, but one day his father found a discarded set of clubs in a dumpster- which he also passed down to his son. Dave caddied and one by one he would find lost golf balls to add to the collection he kept in a burlap bag. He would take the burlap bag of balls to the train tracks, 100 yards away from his home, and practice his golf swing there. As the golf balls were precious and the chance of finding an errant shot was slim, he developed an especially short and controlled swing.
Baseball was his passion growing up, and boy did he excel. “Take care of your equipment” was the constant command of his stern but infinitely caring father. Dave would oil and care for his catcher’s mitt as if it were the last glove he would ever have. Dave was so talented as to be invited to play in a game that drew the best players in New England for the MLB scouts to watch. Unfortunately, Steve Blass was pitching against Dave’s team that day. Steve Blass was known for his fast ball when he pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates, but he lost control and hit too many batters. Blass descended from the Pirates through the farm teams and ended up in the exhibition game, hoping to get picked up by another MLB team. When Blass’s errant 100 mile an hour wild pitch hit Dave square in the head and his body fell limp to the ground, Dave’s father’s first thought was “He Is Dead!” And while Dave didn’t die, obviously, no one blames him for avoiding the batter’s box the rest of his life.
Fortunately Dave was “pretty good” at soccer. Dutiful as always he played defense. He captained Washington & Lee’s team when it came in 2nd in the nation one year, and Dave was later inducted into W&L’s athletic hall of fame. Dave graduated in 1966 and got his law degree there in 1969.
It wasn’t until his son was literally in the commencement from W&L, that anyone in the family knew there was an annual athletic award given in his name.
Dave married his college sweetheart, Gigi Redmond.
He did not escape the draft and was a Captain in the army. Dave was awarded the Bronze Star, and to this day none of his family know anything about what lead to it. All he has said is “you never know what you would do in a situation, until you are in it.” Stoically dutiful.
Dave’s strong urge to avoid conflict made him a fantastic real estate lawyer, and he worked dutifully to keep his clients out of conflicts for decades while supporting his wife and two children. He dutifully stayed with Christian & Barton through his career.
His real estate knowledge was a perfect match for St. Joseph’s Villa’s need. “The Villa” was in a multidecade process of a dramatically expanding its mission and need to acquire adjacent properties etc. He had deep sympathies to the struggles of people who utilized services of The Villa, and this fueled numerous efforts to raise funds The Villa over the decades. Plus decades of his modest but consistent financial contributions to The Villa also added up to be consequential.
From his actions one would reasonably conclude Dave felt it was his duty to help others as he was able. And as Robert E. Lee once wrote, “Duty is the most sublime word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less.” So it should come as no surprise that there are no buildings et al at The Villa with his name on it. Dave just did his duty.