David Stanford McWilliams


David Stanford McWilliams was born in Jacksonville on August 22, 1979, during Hurricane David. Mom and Dad initially considered other names, but David it was to be! He was taken from this world on December 2 unexpectedly, to the great sadness of those who knew and loved him.

Blessed with a white tuft of bangs since elementary school, Dave was the level-headed, statesman of the family. He was exceptionally close to his mother, Paula, until she passed too young when Dave was only 13. David spearheaded the integration of his stepfamily, being closest in age to all three of his stepsisters, and old enough to feel the many sacrifices of blending families — namely, his own bedroom! David was close to all his family members, always reciprocating the love and respect offered to him.

Dave attended Nease HS and graduated from University Christian in 1998. He studied at Belmont Abbey College in NC. He spent his working life in the restaurant businesses at the beaches and Jacksonville, most recently at R.P.McMurphys and Poe’s Tavern.

David was incredibly kind, conscientious, and selfless. He was extremely well read, and could hold a conversation with anyone on nearly any topic, from Shakespeare to world politics. He had an uncanny ability to put anyone and everyone at ease with his wit, humor, and humility.

If you ever met Dave, his presence was prominent. Not for the unique white streak in his hair but because he was a staple in Ponte Vedra Beach where he was raised. His quick wit was remarkable — he could quote verbatim from nearly any 80’s comedy movie — always at the right time. Dave often made people smile just by entering the room. From recommending the perfect wine to pair with your meal, to sparking 12 rounds of political debate, his passion was to make people happy and comfortable regardless of who they were.

Preceding him in death was the love of his life, Lisa Thompson, and his mother, Paula. He is survived by his brothers Peter, Rob and John, his sister Anne, his stepsisters Alison Cherenek, Katy Pradella, and Anne Inge, his father Jack, stepmother Kathy and his loyal and loving dog Jules.

A memorial service for David will be held on Friday, December 22, 2023 at 10 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Christ Church Foundation.  Please sign the online guestbook at www.pontevedravalley.com.