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David Rhind, 65, of Stockbridge, former chef at Red Lion Inn

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By Monday, Jan 7, 2019 Obituaries

David Alan Rhind, 65, a longtime resident of Stockbridge, passed away peacefully Dec. 25, 2018, after a long illness.

David was born July 3, 1953, in Jacksonville, Florida. His family moved to Stockbridge when he was a boy. David loved the outdoors, was an excellent skier and drummer, and spent a great deal of time on the Stockbridge Bowl. One of David’s proudest moments happened April 10, 1968, when David, 14, saw two men struggling in an overturned canoe. David found an old boat on shore and quickly rowed out to save the men’s lives. He was awarded a “Certificate of Merit” from the American Red Cross for assisting in the rescue of Victor Newtown an Eugene Ulrich, two Jesuit novitiates living at Shadowbrook. His quick and effective action helped save the victims’ lives.

David graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. David was a chef at the Red Lion Inn for many years and was known for his award-winning apple pies, a favorite of the late Jane and Jack Fitzpatrick. David was also a chef at the Morgan House in Lee while Maria Cole, the wife of Nat King Cole, ran the inn.

Later, David and friend Larry Haywood loaded up their van and moved to Breckenridge, Colorado. While in Breckenridge they thoroughly enjoyed their wilderness experience. A few years later, David moved to Virginia Beach where he was recognized as “One of the Outstanding Chefs in Hampton Roads” in Virginia Beach. While there, David also won offshore fishing awards. About 10 years ago, David returned to the Berkshires, where he was a chef at Canyon Ranch.

David was predeceased by his father, John H. Rhind, of Stockbridge; and his mother, Virginia Rhind, of Virginia Beach. He leaves behind his sister Debbie (Curtis) Miller of Virginia Beach, brother Jay (Chantal) of Stockbridge, brother Kevin (Kathy) of Williamsburg, Virginia, and sister Laurie of Salem, New Hampshire; as well as nine nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the people from Hospice Care in the Berkshires and BFair for the gentle care they provided David. Donations in memory of David may be made to HospiceCare in the Berkshires through FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230, which is caring for the arrangements. To send remembrances to the family, go to www.finnertyandstevens.com.


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