In Memoriam: Dave Wrisley

May 12, 1945 – November 12, 2016

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Dave Wrisley died Saturday, November 12. Dave suffered a stroke from a blood clot that was a side effect of the treatments he was taking for prostate cancer.

As you all know, Dave, until very recently, was our webmaster, the editor of our quarterly State Revenue News, our catalog editor and Vice President. In other words, Dave was involved in everything the SRS does. He devoted a huge amount of his time to SRS duties and was responsible for much of our success. His greatest contribution was the State Revenue Catalog of which he was both editor and author.

Dave had already successfully transferred to Rob Conley the job of editor of the SRN and the job of webmaster to Adam Hahn. Jeff Hofius has agreed to take over the job of catalog editor and the Board has approved his appointment as catalog editor. All of these men are well able to uphold the high standards Dave established and their willingness to serve is greatly appreciated.

Dave’s contributions to the SRS cannot be overstated. We have lost a good friend and he will be greatly missed. However, the Board is committed to doing all that is necessary for the SRS to continue to thrive.

Although Dave collected stamps all his life, he was a relative newcomer to state revenue stamp collecting. He joined the SRS in 2006, collecting primarily Florida revenues as a post-retirement activity. He was elected as an SRS Board member beginning January 2009.

Dave was elected to be the chair of the Catalog Review Committee that was established after the successful publication of Scott’s 1st edition. Dave approached the task with tireless determination. He spent countless hours on the 4+ year project, first creating a set of comprehensive catalog standards, then working hard to gather as many inputs as possible.

Dave possessed a rare combination of technical and interpersonal skills, enthusiasm for state revenues, a patient eye for detail, and time to devote to the project, all of which were necessary to produce such an outstanding product. His overall goal was to create a catalog that was so good it would immeasurably elevate the stature of the SRS in the philatelic community, and encourage new membership. He accomplished that goal.

As if he didn’t already have enough to do, on his own initiative, and by scanning thousands of pages, he also produced a searchable DVD of all SRN issues. This product is a great research tool, a transitional tool for new members, and a modest moneymaker for the SRS. Along the way he continued to write a number of excellent articles for the SRN.

Dave also created our web site in 2008, and was our webmaster. The site contains up to date information on membership, as well as auction information and Society products for sale.

Dave performed an outstanding service to the SRS and to all state revenue collectors. He was honored with an honorary life membership in 2014.

If any of you have comments or stories regarding Dave, please send them to Robert Conley, 52 Vista Ridge, Glenburn, ME 04401-1829, revenueblue@hotmail.com, by December 31st. These will be published in the first quarter, 2017 SRN.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be sent to the American Cancer Society, Wounded Warrior Project or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.