David W. Petty

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David W. Petty
David W. Petty

BOARDMAN – A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday morning at 10 a.m. at St. Matthias Church for David W. Petty, 44, who died suddenly Monday morning of an apparent heart attack at St Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, after being stricken at his home.

David was born April 27, 1966, in Youngstown, the son of William and Rita (Novotny) Petty.

He was a 1984 graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School, where he excelled in basketball, earning all-star recognition for the Steel Valley Conference. After his graduation, he enrolled in Mount Union College, earning four varsity letters as a member of its basketball team. He graduated from Mount Union in 1988 with his Bachelors Degree in Education.

He began his teaching and coaching career in 1989 at Byzantine Central Catholic and in 1994, accepted a position at Ursuline High School, where he taught and coached until 1999. While at Ursuline, he was an assistant coach for Ursuline’s State Championship boys basketball team and later served two years as their head basketball coach. In 1999, he returned to his alma mater Cardinal Mooney where he has served passionately as a history and phys ed teacher, basketball coach, mentor and friend to so many.

Besides his many Scholastic and Collegiate honors, Dave’s lifetime love for basketball led him as a member of four National Championship Catholic Sokols teams.

A devoted husband and father Dave loved spending time with his family and was currently coaching his daughter's youth basketball team at the YMCA.

Dave will also be remembered as a great friend. He particularly had a great gift of organizing gatherings to generate comradery. In fact, he was the founder and perpetual president of the Billy Paultz fan club which recently celebrated its 24th annual golf outing for its members and supporters.

Even in the tragedy of his sudden death, Dave’s generous legacy continues as an organ donor.

He is survived by his wife, the former Raynae Patterson, whom he married, July 21, 2001, a daughter, Magen R. Petty and a son, William M. Petty, all at home; his mother, Rita LoGiudice (Bob) of Boardman; a sister, Sue (Ron) Yarab of Poland; his in-laws, Susan (Dwight) Hicks of Austintown and William (Pam) Patterson of Mineral Ridge; and two brothers-in-law, William Patterson of Canada and Mark Patterson of St. Augustine, Fla.

David was preceded in death by his father, William James Petty.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Boardman-Canfield Chapel.

The family has requested that material tributes take the form of donations to the Dave Petty Scholarship Fund. Donations can be made at any Huntington Bank branch or mailed to 1359 E. Calla Road, Poland, OH 44514.

Guestbook Entries

“Dave was a great high school classmate and a really nice person. In such a tragedy, his spirit will continue to inspire all those he loved and taught. CMHS Class of 1984 will miss you Dave!”

 » Geniene Pernotto on September 29, 2010

“Why? Is a question that will always be asked but probably if answered, it wouldn't be understood. Coach Petty, a Coach, Teacher & Friend. To me he is all of these, as a freshman he was my basketball coach & like most kids, I thought I was already good & knew it all but after a game of 1 on 1 with Coach, I learned there was a lot more to learn. What I didn't know was that what I. was going to learn was more than basketball. He coached me many hours in basketball, some things I still do, some I wish I could but he taught life lessons that I continue to use as a parent & coach. God puts people in your life for a reason & I thank God for putting Coach Petty in mine. I continue to ask why but I also know that God doesn't make mistakes, so I've learned instead of asking Why.... to just say Thank You!!!! Thank You for helping me be the Man, Father, Coach & Friend that I am.. I will continue to pray for you all, I pray that every day God reveals himself to you in a way you have no seen, that he continues to hold your hand when you need a helping hand & to carry you thru when you seem like you can't make it. I pray that you all have God's Comfort, Peace & Love!!!! Earth's lose is HEAVEN'S GAIN!!!!! Coach Petty, you will be truly missed but never forgotten... ”

 » Chris Amill on September 29, 2010

“Prayers and blessings to the family from Wally and Jule Dunne”

 » Jule Pushay Dunne 1962 on September 29, 2010

“Dave the World will not be the same without you! You were taken from us way too soon! You will be missed more than you know. Love to the Petty and Patterson families. May God give you the strength you will need to get through this!”

 » Diane Yarab Reed & Heath Reed on September 29, 2010

“We are stunned and saddened by this tragic loss. Dave will forever be remembered for his kindness back from his St. Matthias days to his passion for teaching at CMHS. We have truly lost a great person. We will keep Raynae, Magen, William and the entire Petty family forever in our prayers. God Bless and keep you during this most difficult time. The McHenry Family Kevin, Gina, Kelly & Scott”

 » Gina McHenry on September 29, 2010

“Such a tragedy. No words - endless thoughts and prayers to Raynae and all of the members of the Petty and Patterson families. ”

 » Helen (Sheward) Velk on September 29, 2010

“Dave, the Class of '84 will certainly miss you and the role model you were to your students. You were my nephew's favorite history teacher and he loved your class! You were the kind of teacher, from what he said, made it fun to learn! I'm sure your students will all miss you. God's peace be with you and your family. Your parish family at St Matthias will keep you all in prayer.”

 » Rodney Sinchak on September 30, 2010

“Mr. Petty was my daughters' favorite teacher at Mooney. Our thoughts in prayers are with the Petty Family. May God keep you safe and hold you in the palm of his hand.”

 » Marlayne Tabor on September 29, 2010

“Dave it was way before your time my friend ... you will be sorely missed by all ... our prayers for strength to your family ... Billy P. has his own guardian angel now ... God Bless ...”

 » Michael Cunningham on September 29, 2010

“Dave, you were a wonderful husband, friend, and father, and you will be truly missed. We just have to remember you are in a better place now and even though we are grieving because you are gone, God has taken you for a reason, even though we might not understand it. ”

 » Lindsey Ladensack on September 30, 2010


“we loved u dave as a coach and friend.”

 » jeff marx on October 4, 2010


“we loved u dave as a coach and friend.”

 » jeff marx on October 4, 2010

“I was lucky to have met Dave and Raynae. My heart goes out to Raynae, Meghan and little William. I grieve with you all and you will be in my thoughts and in my heart. Love Mel”

 » Melanie Wildman on October 7, 2010

“Raynae....Magen.... William...I will think about you every day and send you the hope that the strength of your family, the love of your friends, the community of your church, and the unyielding power of God's love will hold you and sustain you. We are thinking of you..and sharing the sadness. Dave will truly be missed.”

 » Leah Wilson and Family on November 4, 2010

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