Celebration of Life and Fire

Invitation/ Press release sent to local newspapers, the college where he worked, the university he attended, and emailed to every individual we knew. This version has been edited to remove spoilers of events covered in the book (Viking Funeral).

Thomas David Linane (Dave Linane) March 13, 1955 – July 10, 2011.

Thomas David Linane (Dave Linane) passed away unexpectedly Sunday morning July 10, 2011. His family wishes to advise friends that there will be a Viking Warrior Celebration of Life and Fire at their home at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 16.

At a Viking rite of passage, it was customary for the bereaved to offer gifts to the celebrant to go with them to the next life. Everyone who joins the celebration for David is asked to consider writing a special message, memory, joke, recipe, copy of a photo, other(?) as a “gift” on paper for David to be added to the bonfire with mementos of his, honoring both his life and a tribute of and to his friendships with all.

The family is interested in compiling these special written ‘gifts’ and any photo memorabilia as a printed memorial—if participants are comfortable sharing comments or photos for print please send via email. Private comments for the family are welcome as well. This will be a very special celebration of life and fire for a special man who lived fully with both.  

Vikings burned their boats when they landed a beach. They intended to conquer or die in the process of achieving what they came for. There was no going back in the life of a Viking. David was a twenty-first-century Viking warrior. He moved always forward in life without complaint, without looking back. He was a gentleman, a natural protector of everyone, and did not need the ordinary use of arms or legs to be brave. He lived with honor and dignity every day and treated everyone with respect first. 


David is preceded in death by his father Thomas Frederick Linane (2005), is survived by his mother Alexandria Linane, Sisters: Linda Linane, Anne Linane Mann (Randy Mann), Mardi Linane (Rick Fox), Brother Scott Linane, Nieces: Alexandria Byrne, Jennifer Mann Small, Jaclyn Mann Perovich, Kelli Linane Stombaugh, Stephanie Linane. Nephews: Mathew Byrne, Jeremy Linane, Steven Parke. Great Niece: Camryn Stombaugh. Great nephews: Reed, Randall, Thomas Small, Jason Thomas Linane, Jack Thomas Stombaugh. Fourteen first cousins, even more dear friends.