David Colin Getsie of New York City, formerly of Niwot, died suddenly Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. He was 41.
He was born Sept. 15, 1976 to D. William Getsie and Rosemary Lowry Getsie in Rochester, Minnesota.
Growing up, David lived many places, spending almost 10 of his formative years in Tokyo, Japan and traveling extensively throughout the Asia-Pacific region and Europe.
He graduated from the American School in Japan and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in finance from Washington University in St. Louis.
David loved city life, and after graduation he moved to New York, where he began his career in finance at Oppenheimer Funds. His hand was on the door to his office building, the South Tower of the World Trade Center, when terrorists struck on 9/11, an experience that profoundly heightened his concern for others and awareness of life’s fragility.
His career was flourishing, but David wanted to learn more. He was accepted into the MBA program at the Columbia University Business School, where he graduated with honors. Subsequently, he joined Deutsche Bank, and later the Foros Group, where he was a senior vice president specializing in strategic mergers and acquisitions.
But David wasn’t all about career. He loved the outdoors and was an avid skier, competing at the Junior Olympic level in his youth. Later in life his competitive spirit led him to take up other sports, and he passed his love of the outdoors on to his two young daughters.
David and his sister Lauren were the best of friends. Anytime they’d come home for a visit, they’d stay up until the wee hours of the morning, kicking back and reveling in each other’s company.
He was a wonderful, devoted father and an incredible son and brother. He was, quite simply, loved by everyone who knew him. Words cannot express the depth of his loss to his family and friends.
He is survived by his parents, of Niwot, Colo.; his daughters Hannah and Nina Getsie of New York City; his sister Lauren, her husband Sean and their twins, Lucy and Maxwell, of Denver; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
A private memorial service will be held December 16.