Monday morning we learned of the passing of David Pass, fellow singer and long-time manager of the Greenville Chorale. Dave sat next to me in rehearsal for many years, and usually stood next to me in concerts. In addition to being an excellent singer, he had a quick wit, and was always ready with a joke.
Dave picked up the nickname “Sergeant Major” because of his talent for keeping the Chorale organized and on-track. His logistical sense made sure everyone had the music they needed, and that setups were done properly for all the concerts. Despite the tough moniker, though, Dave was one of the most kind-hearted people you would ever meet. Last year he took time off from his Chorale responsibilities to provide full-time care for his mother.
Dave was 63. His absence from the Chorale was already noticeable, and we had looked forward to his return. It’s heartbreaking to realize that he won’t back. He truly will be missed.