He walked into my office in 1994 wearing tattered work clothes and an old battered hat. My
thought was, “What now?” David Duncombe taught me the first of many life lessons without saying a word: Never Judge by Appearance.
that first meeting, David became an intricate part of WGAP. He first
got involved during the Guided Path Shelter construction. He plumbed the
entire shelter, gave the sewer lines the right slope, painted, built
ramps, stairs, and a fence. As construction ended, he joined the Guided
Path Advisory Board, where I found he had more than just construction
skills. He counseled, arbitrated, and visited with our homeless clients.
His calm spirit was of great benefit to all.
Soon David became involved everywhere at WGAP: the
Board of Directors, the Finance and PR Committees, and the Youth Center
Advisory Board. And all while continuing his maintenance work. He
worked on almost every building that WGAP occupies. He built a wall at
Second Hand Rose, an office at our main building, a bathroom at the
Youth Center, along with the ongoing maintenance of our homes at the
On Saturday, June 18, 2011, David passed away at his
home in White Salmon. The vacancy he leaves will never be filled by one
person. David was involved in many other agencies and community groups,
but WGAP will always remember him as our wonderful “handyman”. ~ Linda Schneider, WGAP Executive Director
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