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I have the sad task to inform this great community of the passing of one of the early HDT members of our community. David Czetli had an apparent heart attack and died this morning in his shop in Smyra, DE. David was an early member and bought, converted, built beds etc on several trucks including one of the early flat ground based lifts for a smart car. David was a very bright guy and owned and operated his own machine shop in Delaware for years. David and Ute had just really got the shop back on its feet, had gotten back together and life was really good. Some of you will remember that David built and had 3 trucks at one time. His sone pulled with one, David with another and he built and sold a third complete with very nice beds on all three. David attended many of the national HDT rally and was one of the keys in the formation and holding of the first East Coast rally. I talked to Ute just now and she is still at the hospital but promised to call with more details later. I will update all as soon as I know more. In the meantime please keep Ute and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Gene

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Am I assuming correct that this is a.k.a. "Toterman"? If so, my wife and I met him at the 2007 ECR in Gettysburg. He was very outgoing, with a bigger than life personality, and had a great looking rig. He was influential in our decision to eventually get an HDT.

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Thank you Gene for passing on this very sad news. Dave was a great resource and incentive to so many in the early days of the HDT movement. He contributed a lot and worked hard to make our events a huge success. So very sad to loose such a good friend. Ute, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending hugs,

Davena and Henry

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Toterman's rig was one of the first that I ever saw. Like others said, him and his posts are what made me start dreaming of my own HDT.

He will be missed by many here and my heart goes out to his family.

 

And yes, Jim Hicks owns one of his trucks.

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So sorry to hear this, his truck is what led to me to this fine group, as we chased him down to photo it then I finally located him to chat, turned out he was not far from where we live. Never got a chance to meet in person, my loss, just would like to send our prayers for his family.

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Out thoughts and prayers will also be with his family. I never met him but bought some fenders and other parts from him. He was extremely fair and went out of his way to make sure everything was to my liking and dare I say advantage. When I offered more money for his excellent service he would not take it. He will be missed.

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Dave will be missed. He was the kind of guy you could meet once and feel like you knew him forever. Enjoyed the early ECR's Dave put on and had the good fortune to camp next to him and Ute at Sturgis. Always upbeat and positive, and willing to lend a helping hand to every one.

 

Mike

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Oh Gosh, that is a shame.

First time we met David and Ute we immediately liked them.

Please give our condolences to Ute and the whole family, and may God Bless his soul.

Bob

 

And yes, his HDT builds were some real fine and innovative work.

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Ute, Robin and I are so sorry for your loss. I got a call today from a dear friend and regular here on the forum today to let us know. Ute, you and Dave have been so giving, so generous and have made us feel so welcome in so many ways. Dave, you were truly a PIONEER and will always be remembered as a straight shooter and great contributor. I am proud to call you friend. God Bless. You will be missed.

 

Jim

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