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Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home

11801 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL

OBITUARY

David Lawrence Kroupa

30 July , 19581 October , 2019
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David Lawrence Kroupa died Tuesday, October 1st, from injuries sustained after getting hit by a car on A1A while cycling the morning of September 24th. He was fierce. He was funny. He was so smart and stubborn and loyal. He was a man of Honor who always tried to do the right thing. A loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, stepfather, son, cousin, friend, coach, mentor, Wingman… David loved telling people he was born in Brooklyn, in Coney Island Hospital, and that the nurses were always coming in to look at the baby with the fiery red hair. His mother, Beverly Jan Kroupa, and late father, Lawrence “Captain Larry” Kroupa, moved the family from Brooklyn to East Islip, before settling in South Florida with David and his brothers Troy (1986) and Todd. An All-Star Cross Country Runner of the Year for Coconut Creek High School in 1975 - and Captain of the team - David excelled, and after a gap year attending Hargrave Military Academy, in Virginia, entered the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, and represented The Academy with pride as part of their Track and Field teams. Graduating ‘With Merit’ in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Resource Management and a minor in Engineering, David proudly received his commission as Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, earning the Navy Commendation Medal, and served his country with honor until his discharge, always committed to the Corps’ motto: Semper Fidelis. He began a thirty-five-year business career which took him all over Florida, and most of the country, pairing his business acumen and competitive spirit with his love of all things athletic. But running was his true passion, winning countless races (5Ks, marathons, and everything in-between), once coaching the South Florida Leukemia Team-in-Training, and competing in almost every state, including Alaska and Hawaii. He became a triathlete, and then a duathlete, and then after his calves gave out and “almost 150,000 miles on these legs” as he liked to say, he became a competitive cyclist, riding thousands of miles…and he was almost home. “Grieve not…nor speak of me with tears…but laugh and talk of me as though I were beside you. I loved you so…’twas heaven here with you.”

Services

  • Celebration of Life Sunday, 20 October , 2019

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Christopher Wilsey

19 October 2019

Hi, I'm Chris. My Cousin David was like... no was my brother. He was my inspiration, and even though I mentioned it casually for many years, it never rang so true until recently. I served 27 years in the Marine Corps... how is that for some brotherly inspiration. I will (and am) miss(ing) you David. You were always there for me cuz. One final thing... David was always about family... so a final memory of him with my family in his beloved Florida.

Howard Seiler

9 October 2019

My friend and race buddy .. you will never be forgotten.

Anthony Barnes

8 October 2019

I am saddened to hear this news of the passing of my Classmate and Friend from the USNA Class of 1981. We began Plebe year in the summer of 1977. Dave was from the very beginning a true gentleman warrior and friend. Loyal and dedicated to his friends and family from the beginning, he was destined to succeed like few others. I will miss you, my friend. Fair Winds and Following Seas. May God bless your family.
Classmates Forever!!!
Tony Barnes

Pat Patregnani

5 October 2019

It was a hot sunny Saturday morning and the early on zMotion team was on its Parkland/Weston ride.

As we were riding eastbound on rt 84 we hit a red light and stopped.

Next to me was this new rider I had never met, he began to tell me about how we should be riding as a group.

Of course Pat being Pat and the leader/founder of zMotion I responded with "hey, who made you "General" of this ride.

Dave laughed, and thus the nickname "General" stuck and was Dave's new handle.

Over the years Dave and I became very good friends that lasted long beyond the zMo rides.

My wife Denise and I were devastated over the news of his tragic death.

I can't begin to put in to words the loss we all must feel with his passing.

Our sincerest heartfelt condolences to Carol, his children and grandchildren, he will be missed by us all.

RIP GENERAL
Pat, Denise

Bruce Keno

4 October 2019

A real winner in every sense of the word. A graduate of the US Naval Academy, and successful businessman. A true friend, and one heck of an athlete. We rode many Masters Bike races as were each other’s “Wingman” and trained many miles together on our race bikes. He will forever be in my heart and soul. RIP Captain K! ✝️🇺🇸❤️

Hilda Porrata-Doria

3 October 2019

I’ve known David for 17 years. I am extremely saddened to hear of his passing. He was an absolute gem of a person. A true gentleman. His competitive nature was contagious, as he always inspired others to do/be their best. My deepest condolences to his beautiful family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you, David. You will be truly missed.

Mike Carbone

3 October 2019

I met Dave when we were working together in Boca a few years ago and immediately hit it off as we were both Marines. i am so sorry to hear about his untimely passing. Both Dave and the family he left behind are in my prayers. Semper Fidelis, Until Valhalla....

Ellen Pyron

2 October 2019

Thoughts and prayers 🙏❤️🙏 my friend David will be remembered as a loving, fiercely competitive, caring, extraordinary person that will be missed by many everyday.

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