David Brokaw

David Alexander Brokaw

October 14, 1995 - June 6, 2021
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    Thursday, June 10th, 2021 | 10:30am
    Thursday, June 10th, 2021 10:30am
    Private Funeral in Levinson's Chapel with Webcasting
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Donations are being accepted for:
CARES Food Pantry - GEDCO

5502 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212


David Alexander Brokaw, of Baltimore, MD, passed away on Sunday, June 6th, 2021 at the age of 25. He is survived by his parents, Peter and Laura Brokaw; brother, Brad (Kitty) Brokaw; uncle, Louis Shach; niece, Shaianne Brokaw; and nephew, Brayden Brokaw. He was predeceased by his brother, Barry Brokaw.

David enjoyed playing piano, reading and cooking. He finished his second year at Maryland Law School. He liked debating world events. He was sometimes silly but always kind.

Services are private with webcasting on Thursday, June 10th, 2021 at 10:30 am. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to CARES Food Pantry- GEDCO, 5502 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212.
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Samantha Enokian

Posted at 11:25am
David and I studied Russian together for many years at Friends. I will always remember him fondly for making us laugh, and bringing brevity and light to all situations. David was incredibly smart, and a very talented pianist. Thinking of him brings a smile to my face. To the Brokaw family, I am holding you all in the light.

Nana Debrah

Posted at 10:42am
My deepest condolences for your loss. David was one of the first friends I made at UMD through the Terps Boxing Club and I remember just how kind and easygoing he always was. He was both an incredibly sharp and deeply humble person and he had a way of making you feel at ease and in good spirits whenever you were around him. His departure is devastating and I can only hope he is at peace now. Rest easy, bro.

Jonathan Biran

Posted at 10:42am
I was so sorry to hear about David's passing. I very much enjoyed getting to know David and working with him in the summer after his first year of law school. May David's memory be a blessing to his family and friends.

Helen Berkeley

Posted at 10:24am
I remember David as a student in high school English. When I think of him, I think of a huge smile and a kind, smart, good young man. He was a such a rich blessing of a human being. I am so deeply saddened by this loss, and I will continue to hold close my memories of him, young and smiling.

Louis Shach

Posted at 08:57am
David was my nephew. I loved him like he was my own son. I loved him since he was an infant and I was Sandek at his Bris. I spent every Saturday with him until he went away to College. I talked to him every week then. I treasured the time I spent with him. He was a kind, generous, compassionate person. He had a good heart, and a good soul. He was also always his own person, with a quick intelligence and a nuanced world view, that belied his young age. He loved to debate, sometimes taking the opposite side of his beliefs just to understand the opposing viewpoints.
He could also be a complete goof at times with a great appreciation for the absurd. He was always a bright spot in my life, and I looked forward to seeing him every time I could. He was my favorite person on this Earth, and I will always love him. This world is poorer for his loss. I hope he is at peace, now.

Connor Mount

Posted at 10:37pm
I’m so sorry for this loss. Dave was one of my first friends at the University of Maryland. Coming from out of state knowing no one at the school, Dave helped me feel at home with his goofy sense of humor. We spent many nights making noise in the study lounge, either playing music or screaming at one another while playing Super Smash Bros. He loved making music; it always cheered me up when I’d pass by his room and see him bobbing his head behind his laptop, completely immersed in whatever beat he was working on. He gave thoughtful music recommendations too, and I’ll think of him when I listen to Mastodon.
My condolences to all who knew Dave. Rest In Peace.

Enrique Alonso

Posted at 08:11pm
I am sorry for your loss. I met David through the boxing club while he was at UMD. We bonded over a love of music. I look back fondly on the countless hours spent discussing seemingly every topic between nothing and something. I could count him as a great friend and I'm going to miss him

Judy Golombeck

Posted at 05:09pm
I was David’s violin teacher for several years when he was in middle school. He questioned and argued with me about everything and I loved it. David was so bright and curious, always looking for new possibilities. “What if” was his favorite phrase. It was a joy to work with him.
He will always be with me.

Dillon Swensen

Posted at 12:06pm
I am so sorry for your loss. David was in my section in law school. He was one of the first people I met there, and a good friend. I know everyone at Maryland Carey will remember him fondly, as someone who was funny, smart, and above all extraordinarily kind. He will be missed greatly.

Stephen Mortellaro

Posted at 09:02pm
David was my student and a stand-out participant in our fall 2019 legal writing class. We both "started" at Maryland Carey Law at the same time--him as a student, me as a professor--and he made me feel so welcome. He brought such an amazing energy to our class sessions, and his talents, humor, and love of learning always put a smile to my face. I am privileged to have gotten to know him. David will be sorely missed by me and the many lives he touched at the law school. Rest in peace, David. I offer my heartfelt condolences to your family.

Erik Hamlet

Posted at 07:23pm
I remember going to middle school with David and wanting to immediately become his friend after seeing how much energy he had. He was an unstoppable force and one of the fastest talkers I’ve ever met. I still remember the day he shocked everyone at Friends by winning the Maryland Spelling Bee and headed to Nationals. We were all so proud of him. I wish I kept in touch with him. I wish he was still here. I’ll miss you, David.

Saralyn Elkin

Posted at 04:59pm
Peter and Laura-
I am so sorry for your loss. David went to Friends with our son Jesse. I have fond memories of you picking him up from school each day. I also remember him being a kind, sweet person. May all of the beautiful memories you have together help you get through this very difficult time.

Brian Castillo

Posted at 04:33pm
I am so sorry for your loss. David was my classmate and we had every class together my first year of law school. What I will always remember is that David was the first person to introduce themselves to me in law school and I spent most of the first day talking to David about why we were in law school and our hopes for the future. He touched so many lives and he will be dearly missed.

Stephanie Carrion

Posted at 02:07pm
The Brokaw family,

I want to send my sincerest condolences to you. David was my classmate, we sat next to eachother our first semester in law school. We enjoyed small talk before class began and during breaks. David would always smile back in the hallways and was very loved by all who got a chance to speak with him. It is incredible all that he has accomplished in our short time together in law school. He was extremely bright and talented when it came to hitting the books. I will really miss seeing him in the hallways and hearing him volunteer in class. The law school community is deeply saddened by this, and I promise your family I will do what I can as an individual to make sure that our law school follows through with taking new initiatives on the mental health of the students in AND outside of the building. I am so sorry for your loss. David was an awesome person to be around and will be deeply missed by many. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.

Kennedi Fichtel

Posted at 01:59pm
I am so deeply sorry for your loss. David was one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, funny people I have ever met and there is a gaping hole in this world now that he is gone. I hope you know the profoundly positive impact he had on each person he encountered. I am so sorry. Law school will not be the same without him.

Ray Ellen Fisher and family

Posted at 12:15pm
Sending sincere condolences to your family. Wishing you many fond memories and that he always be close in your hearts. David was a special person and I enjoyed watching his milestones in his younger years. His life will live on through the many lives he touched in various ways.

Ray Ellen Fisher and family

Posted at 12:10pm
Sending sincere condolences to your family. May you have many fond memories of David and May he always be close in your heart. David was a special person and his memory will live on through many.

Allison, Steve, Mitch, and Mim

Posted at 10:07am
Please accept our heartfelt condolences over the loss of this wonderful, smart, and funny young man. We are so saddened for all who had the joy of knowing him and will miss him, as well as for all who did not yet have good fortune to have met him. David will always be remembered with fondness in our family. May he rest in peace, and may God comfort you among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

Nehali Patel

Posted at 09:41am
Dave, I loved you in so many ways. I can see so clearly every memory we shared. Remember when we broke into the dance studio on campus? You told me you used to go there to play piano. We climbed up the escape ladder and crawled through the window, suddenly embraced by the light of the full moon. You filled that quiet, eerie room with the magic of your music. I watched you play, started to dance, but somehow I felt that you were no longer there. As you played, I could feel your soul arise to some place where you were completely happy and at peace. Thank you for sharing that with me, thank you for letting me see you in that light. I hope you found that same place, my dear. Know that I loved you very, very much and I will listen for your music everywhere I go.

Martha & Ari Weinrauch

Posted at 08:57am
Peter & Laura,
Our deepest condolences go out to and your family. You may not remember me but David and my son Ari were friends at Summit Park. May David's memory be for a blessing!

Sheila Mentz

Posted at 08:49am
Dear Laura and Peter,
I was so very saddened to hear of David's passing. My deepest and most heartfelt sympathy to you and the family. May the memories of the good times with him be a comfort and a blessing to you.

Barbara and Joel Richmond

Posted at 08:41am
Laura, our hearts are heavy and broken, and our thoughts are of you and with you. May David’s memory be for a blessing. Barbara and Joel

Robyn Lessans

Posted at 08:50pm
My heartfelt condolences go out to David's family. He was one of my very first friends in law school and I will miss laughing and debating with him between classes. He was very special. May his memory be a blessing.

Brenda Chaid

Posted at 08:31pm
Dearest Pete and Laura, as I'm writing this, the memories are flooding in. I'm so grateful to have been with you Laura when David was born. Your Mom and I stood by in wonder. The joy he brought to all of our lives has been immeasurable. Our hearts are breaking with his loss and Eddie, Garrett and I will miss him so very much. Prayers of comfort and peace for you and our family.

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