David Gadd

April 18, 1944August 29, 2020

David Barnes Gadd of Indianapolis, Indiana passed away peacefully on August 29, 2020. He was born on April 18, 1944 in Parkersburg, West Virginia. His family later spent nine years in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania before moving to South Bend, Indiana.

He went to North Hills high school in Pittsburgh, PA and in 1961 graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in accounting. His career began as an accountant until he took a job with Charles Schwab as a stockbroker. He worked for Schwab for fifteen years and received many production awards.

David was an accomplished bridge player and a Gold Life Master. He competed in many regional and national tournaments. He was most proud that in addition to being an accomplished player, he was a good partner. He valued education and relished letter writing. He also had a great passion for sports especially golf, baseball, basketball and football. He was a dedicated Notre Dame fan and loved to go to their football games. He had fond memories of his time in Pittsburgh as a caddy and the humility he learned from the experience. For many years he worked out at Rock Steady boxing where he loved the speed & heavy bags, weight training and camaraderie.

David is survived by his brother John Gadd and his dear friend and companion Mary Ellen Rust.

He was Preceded in death by his parents, William Clark & Elizabeth Barnes Gadd and his brother William Gadd.

Memorial donations may be made in David’s honor to the Indianapolis Bridge Center 8030 Castleway Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46250 or Rock Steady Boxing 6847 Hillsdale Ct. Indianapolis, IN 46250.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.


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Rahul and Alka Kapur

September 15, 2020

Our condolences on David's passing. May he rest in peace. Mary Ellen, we have the fondest memories of Dave. He was such a kind and gentle, most considerate person. He will surely be missed.

Rahul and Alka Kapur

ALex Sigman

September 8, 2020

Many memories of David. He loved his ND football , Golf and Baseball. Yes in that order!!!

Rest in peace.

Jeff Sigman

September 6, 2020

I have very fond memories of talking Notre Dame football and top 5 basketball players of all time with David. We traveled to many ND football games New York City, Ireland, New Orleans and South Bend.

He was passionate about bridge and Mary Ellen, he always loved discussing hands along with playing with Mary Ellen.

Rest in peace my friend. All our love Jeff & Joan Sigman.

We are ND! Go Irish.

Joed Charlton

September 2, 2020

Dave was a remarkable fellow, fighting epilepsy and related issues. He was a dedicated employee and gave more to Schwab than he received. He had a memory for business, sports and cards that helped him become a wiz in these areas! He was kind and loved Scottie dogs!

During my 9 years in Carmel, he was a good friend.

One Saturday I was at his apartment watching, what else, a Notre Dame football game. He had an old 19 inch TV, so I asked, "Dave, with the way you watch sports, why don't you have a bigger TV? You have the money!" He thought that was a good idea and bought a new, bigger TV and stand to put it on. He later told me that was the best thing he had done in quite a while.

Of course, he asked me to put the stand together, which I did. Dave was lovable but not handy. Still, he will be missed! I still miss the outings our gang in Carmel, including Dave, had!

Jerry Lindley

September 1, 2020

Very fond memories of Dave from our days at South Bend Osteopathic Hospital. As a Purdue graduate and lifelong Notre Dame hater (jealousy?), I had many spirited discussions with Dave about all things sports. All of our "discussions" came from a place of love and respect. What a smart guy and gentle, humble soul. RIP Dave. Go Irish.

Liz Hourigan

September 1, 2020

Mary Ellen, I am so sorry to hear about David. I think of the two of you often and hope that you have enjoyed as best you could – – this Covid crisis. I have such fond memories of playing with you and David. My prayers are with you at this sad time. Liz Hourigan


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