Tribute to our recently deceased Rotarian Dave Klein.
 
 
 
"Strange is our situation here on Earth. Each of us comes for a short visit,
not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the
standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that
man is here for the sake of other men — above all for those upon whose
smiles and well-being our own happiness depends."
- Albert Einstein
 
Dave Klein lived his life as someone whose time on earth was “for the sake of other men”.  Above all else Dave was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and
brother. 
 
Dave graduated from the New England College of Pharmacy with honors in 1953. While a student at the college, he was awarded the Merck Chemical Award for high scholastic achievement. He took over the Winchester Drug Company at the corner of Church and Main Streets in November of 1955.
 
David “Dave” Klein, Rotarian, classification Pharmacist, Past President served this club as President from 1975 to 1976 and was Paul Harris Fellow. An honor he cherished. Dave embodied what it meant to be a Rotarian. He was a humanitarian, possessed great wisdom and found “service above self” to be an all encompassing standard of life. 
 
He was a humble man whose character was based on humility, integrity, self-control and a strong adherence to faith based beliefs. He had a ready smile for everyone.
 
In the words of Longfellow:
The grave is but a covered bridge,
Leading from light to light,
Through a brief darkness
 
Dave’s light has gone out was my first reaction upon learning of his passing but upon reflection I realized that for those of us who had Dave in their lives’ as a friend, a confidant, a mentor, or a fellow Rotarian, his light will shine upon us forever. The impact made by his presence in our lives is transcendent and he will always be with us.
 
Each good work we accomplish will remind us of Dave.
Each kind word we express will remind us of Dave.
Each time we listen it will remind us of Dave.
Each time we show respect to others it will remind us of Dave.
Each time we strive to be a better person it will remind us of Dave.
Each time we are forgiving and empathetic it will remind us of Dave.
In moments of honesty and integrity it will remind us of Dave.
Each time we laugh we will be reminded of Dave.
Each time we show compassion and consideration for others it will remind us of
Dave.
Each time we forge a new friendship it will remind us of Dave.
Each time we act and exhibit temperance it will remind us of Dave.
Each time we display gratitude it will remind us of Dave.
Each time we demonstrate morality it will remind us of Dave.
Each time we take up the mantle of leadership it will remind us of Dave.
Each time we see injustice and speak out against it, it will remind us of Dave.
Each time we seek knowledge it will remind us of Dave.
Each time we support and encourage others it will remind us of Dave.
Each time we celebrate others successes it will remind us of Dave.
Each time we are loyal to others it will remind us of Dave.
Each time we are resilient it will remind us of Dave.
Each time we daydream or expand our imagination it will remind us of Dave.
Each time we practice modesty and humility it will remind us of Dave.
Each time we perform an act for the betterment of mankind it will remind us of
Dave.
 
 
Let Me Go
By
English Poet, Christina Rossetti
When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom filled room
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little, but not for long
And not with your head bowed low
Remember the love that once we shared
Miss me, but let me go.
For this is a journey we all must take
And each must go alone.
It's all part of the master plan
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick at heart
Go to the friends we know.
Laugh at all the things we used to do
Miss me, but let me go.