David W. Thorp of Granville, Ohio, 82, helper of all people, passed away Tuesday, July 3, following a sudden illness.
Born in Columbus on April 21, 1936, he was a son of the late Frederick and Alice (Langlois) Thorp. While at Denison University he met and married his wife and companion Kathryn Conner, with whom he shared life and love for 57 years.
After graduating from Denison University in 1963, he earned a master’s degree in psychology at the University of Denver in 1965. While in Denver, he worked as a research specialist for the Fort Logan Mental Health Center.
Filled with integrity and compassion, he spent his career extending a helping hand, enabling people to help themselves. He served as both associate and executive director for the Licking Economic Action Development Study (LEADS) from 1968 – 1989. David became the Executive Director of the Coshocton Behavioral Health Choices program in 1990, retiring in 2000.
He spent his retirement years exploring the mysteries of life. Enjoying a passion for woodworking, he was a member of the Newark Woodworking Club and the Tuesday morning breakfast club in Granville. An exceptional man with a wonderful sense of humor, he will be remembered for his love of family, as well as his kind and generous ways and always putting others first.
He is survived by his son, Fred (Judy) Thorp; daughter Treese (John) Farrell; grandsons Harrison, Philip and David W. Thorp II; granddaughter Jenn Appleman; greatgrandchildren Josh, Kaitlyn and Ashley Slone; sister Ruth Baker; nieces Muffy Baker and Jennie Hendriksen; nephew Jonathan Baker; and his feline companion Kteri.
David was also preceded in death by his beloved wife Kathryn in 2017 and his brotherin-law Julius Baker.
Services will be observed privately by his family. The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware, Ohio, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Rather than contributions to his memory, please give your time and compassion to the people you encounter.
To share a fond memory of David or to express a condolence to his family, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.