David Charles Mandrack grew up in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. A few years after graduating high School he proudly served his country in the United States Marine Core (1993-1997). He took advantage of schooling through the Military and went on to a Culinary career. After his service in the Marines, David settled in the San Diego California area. He worked for Healthy Heart, and shortly after opened his own Deli, "DRACK'S PHILLY SHACK". David loved to cook. Even as a boy he would whip up dishes for me. He was so creative with food. He won many culinary awards throughout his career. In 2002 we took a cruise with our Mom, and David took first place with his creation in a contest they held.
David was passionate about life. He was enthusiastic and loved to have fun! If you knew him you know this. He would get excited just like a kid about the simplest things. His eyes would glitter with curiosity and delight. I felt David believed that tomorrow will surely be better than yesterday, and today is pretty interesting. David embraced history, appreciated nature, the arts, decorating, crafts and much more! David had so many dreams, aspirations, and the most brilliant ideas too. He was such a loveable, likable, intelligent idealist. He was also a great friend to those who knew him and strangers as well. David loved discovering new adventures!! He loved all that life had to offer. David was smart and he had a kind heart. He was creative and unique. He also liked to travel and listen to music. His music taste was diverse as he enjoyed many artists, but like any good Italian he adored Frank Sinatra. He knew every song and would proudly sing ya tone. He also loved sports and the outdoors too.
The last 4 years David's life revolved around his son, Dominic. He had full custody. David enjoyed taking him to the San Diego Zoo, to the local library-reading to his son, plays & out-door children's productions, movies, Disney store, and the park. He lived and breathed for Dominic. There are NO words that can come close to expressing the love he held for his son. The two had spectacular escapades together and David introduced him to nature, learning and all sorts of activities. His son was his world. David would call all the time and put Dominic on the phone. His biggest pride in life was undoubtedly his son, Dominic.
David loved the ladies. He was most definitely a ladies man that's for sure! He was a very charming and handsome fellow. He simply had a lure about him. He drew you in and left you wanting more. He was warm and wonderful. He had a way of making you feel on top of the world-truly devoting himself to you. We all loved him so much!!! His smile would brighten up any room! He was cool too. You wanted to be around him as he exuded fun and laughter! Sure, some might say after a few beers he could be very strong willed or a bit of a knuckle head, but at the end of the day you couldn't ask for a better friend or a better time! Dave did not give a crap what people thought about him. I admired that and ironically, everyone thought he was just great.
David traveled and enjoyed life. He went places I could only dream of. While in the U. S. M C. stationed in Okinawa Japan, he was very active in body building & health, and won several awards, including 2nd place in a major body building competition*
As a child, David excelled in sports...baseball, basketball, and football. As an adult, he loved it all, especially baseball and going to games like the Padres with his friend, Dina (who worked with him at his Deli in California). David had tons of friends growing-up. He was popular in school and through-out life. He made friends easily because he was so kind hearted, good natured, inviting, and fun. When we were little he'd pal around with neighborhood kids, make cool forts, hang out with the local gang at the "Stillman's Shed." He made the greatest concoctions in his bed room; If my sister Christina or I were to sneak in his room, there was a string attached to the door knob handle, attached to a bucket of water placed on top of door...BAM! We were busted (and wet)!! He'd come up with these great inventions & make the coolest things from reading Highlights magazine, or perhaps one to many episodes of MacGyver. lol. As a child he enjoyed watching shows like Mr. T, The A Team, Mash, & Welcome back carter . We each had a night of our own to watch what we wanted and on his nights those TV programs graced our TV. And my goodness, I watched Rambo with him more times than I care to recall ;=) I know CLIFFORD the big red dog & Danny the Dinosaur were just a few of his favorite childhood story books. He loved to draw as a child and went through a "Garfield" phase that I remember fondly. He was pretty good too. To me, my brother was my hero. Big and strong. My playmate, friend---someone I looked up to admired. Someone I loved deeply. Someone I felt safe with* He always protected me.
"I love my son, I love sports, and I love to cook", David said in 2007 shortly before he passed away. He also enjoyed history and a love for learning. Learning about our country's history and the world. David stopped to smell the roses and cherished life, love, family, and friends. He was constantly bettering himself and being the best father he could! David was very active in his community's library, "The San Diego County Library". He took his son there weekly. He never stopped educating himself! Dave shared in a love for Notre Dame that his father, Charles Mandrack instilled in him from birth!! ;-)
David is survived by his Father Charles Mandrack, Mother Naomi Sirchie, Step-Father Frank Sirchie, Step Mother, Roslyn (who has since passed away), & sisters Christina and Carol-Ann, step sisters, Brenda & Michelle. David has dozens and dozens of cousins who also share in our loss, along with many Aunts and Uncles. In addition, David also had a lot of good friends while residing in California. To touch on them all would take an infinity.
David was so very happy, looking forward to the future with his son, a new job, a new apartment, and a new girlfriend who had a daughtr the same age as Dominic.David's last words to me where asking me to locate a book for his son. A book that his son could use his own imagination to create the story * a visual book...and telling me "I love you." I miss David greatly. I thought he was the coolest cat around. I have been fascinated and in awe of him from my first memories of life. He was an extraordinary person and the most amazing big brother a gal could have. He always remained optimistic through all of life's obstacles. He looked beyond the external appearance of people for a truer, more intrinsic value. He was my friend, my brother, and my hero. He was everything good and wonderful in my life. He is the most admirable person I have known; he is an inspiration to us all to live life.
All of our family will mourn David's loss, and all the friends he had from Philadelphia to VA, NC, SC, HI, CA, JAPAN and back! - His good nature and kind heart. His love of fun and life! I ask that you browse this site and remember him, pray for him, never forget him!!! He touched so many all over the world! He made friends and impacted those who knew him along his path in life. His love for his son, Family, and friends is endless. Speak well of our David and never forget our beloved Son, Father, Brother and Friend*
TO YOU, DAVID:::For all the late night conversations you gave me- Our "Lifestyles of the bitchy and the infamous", the childhood days of playmates and adventure, the many girls and games, The whisky Joe nights, Karaoke and the Cheese It noise, I thank you.
When I was about 6 or 7, you had the chicken pox. I was tol stay clear of you or I'd get sick too. But I saw you laying there on the sofa all covered up and sick, and I couldn't bare to not be close to you or play with you. Oh! And seeing you suffer made me feel so bad....so, I hurried over to you, lifted up the blanket, and crawled up next to you. Being with you was always so darn great, it was worth the risk. When I look at these 3 little scares on my face from getting the chicken pox shortly after, I think of you, take a deep breath, and sigh a sigh of love and a lifetime of cherished memories and endless adventures... I love you for ever and ever... I wish you had more time to see your son grow, be a part of his life and to be with you. Life just isn the same without you...I think one of the saddest things in a life is to be forgotten...I'll NEVER forget you and will keep your spirit alive. In my heart and memory, you never perish. Ill see you again one day. xoxoxo Carolann AKA"Sirch".