John Daverio
Scolarship Fund
Celebrating the life of John Daverio
John Silber | Dennis Berkey | Theodore Antoniou | Lewis Lockwood | Roman Totenberg | Joel Sheveloff | Effie Papanikolaou | David Daverio

Hello everybody. My name is Dr. David Daverio. I am John’s cousin. I am very sorry I cannot be with all of you on this special day [May 2003 Memorial Service]. But, I did not want this event to pass without a part of John’s “Family from Sharon” being present in some way with his “Family from Boston.” I want to thank all of you for caring for my cousin all these years. As you know, John was simply an amazing person!

I never saw him angry. I never saw him become frustrated in any situation. I never heard him speak ill of anyone. I never heard him complain about the rigors of his job or the twists and turns that each new day brings. He was the consummate gentleman, a magical inspiration and one of my heroes.

The things that I remember most about John were his smile and his laugh. He would always greet me with both of them. It didn’t matter if I had not seen him for two days or for two years—John always laughed and smiled. I also have fond memories of him taking care of my older brother and me when my parents were at work. We would play endless games of Scrabble and Monopoly, drink ginger ale and talk or take a walk to the library (John’s favorite place) in downtown Sharon.

John was GREAT with kids! He naturally understood them. He was one at heart. His kind and gentle ways are legendary (I am sure many of you know). There was no four-year-old child he could not tame. I was a perfect example. I REALLY put him to the test with running, jumping, screaming, climbing, wrestling, throwing and flipping—John earned his wings a thousand times over with me. Somehow, to his credit, while earning his wings he never earned any stitches although there were some close calls. John did all this with a smile and a laugh.
As the years went by, I unfortunately saw less and less of my beloved cousin. John was in Boston while I went to Penn State and then to Penn in Philadelphia to Veterinary School. So, academics kept both of us very busy. We would talk on the phone and send e-mails and see each other occasionally at holidays if our schedules matched. But, John never failed to give me a hug, tell me a joke or have me laughing at something.

So, even though I write this with tears in my eyes, I can still hear John’s laugh and see his smiling, mustachioed face. There is more, of course. I could not possibly tell all the stories or jot down the specifics of all the adventures I shared with him. But, they all ended the same way—with laughing and a hug.

I am not sure why God took John from us so soon. My guess is he needed help devising a plan to cheer somebody up and wanted a second opinion from a specialist. He could not have done a better job than requesting a consult from John.

John was incredible—he was a tremendous and innovative scholar, an enchanting teacher, a prolific writer and a wonderful person. So often I am reminded “… the men who hold high places must be the ones to start, to mold a new reality, closer to the heart…” ** and that is EXACTLY what John did.

But, to me, John was my friend and my cousin who always smiled and said, “I love you” no matter if two days or two years had gone by.

Thank you so much for your time and caring for my cousin John.
Sincerely, with much love

—Dr. David V. Daverio
Williamsport, Pennsylvania

**RUSH- Lee, Lifeson, Peart, Talbot 1977 – A Farewell to Kings.

Boston University
14 October, 2003