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Captain David Earl Riddick, 58, of Savannah, Georgia, passed away on Friday, September 10, 2021. He was born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina to the late Murphy “Jack” Potter Riddick and Naomi Annette Perry Riddick.

David was a Tugboat Captain in the New Jersey/New York Harbor. A loyal and dedicated employee of Donjon Marine for 27 years, he was passionate about his time on the water. His experiences ranged from pushing New York’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks Barge…to the Heroic Boatlift Rescue of  9/11 victims stranded on the banks of lower Manhattan… and so many more amazing stories in between.

He treated every person he met with compassion and kindness. Quick witted, David had the ability to keep a level head in even the toughest situations and that made him a natural leader. He earned the love and respect of everyone who worked with him and was the epitome of what a Captain should be.

David loved to cook and sit around the fire. A simple man, humble and uncomplicated, he always kept a positive outlook and a grateful heart.

Many will remember him as a great friend. Many will remember him as a supporting mentor. We will all remember him as a true gentleman.

David leaves behind his beloved wife, Donna Riddick; son, David Riddick, Jr.; stepson, Jason Miltiades (wife Susan); brother, Charlie Riddick (wife Connie); and granddaughters, Hannah, Karleigh, Pauline and Alma. He also leaves behind an innumerable amount of family and friends who were deeply touched by his presence, his friendship, and his love.

Rest easy Captain Riddick. May the sun shine on your face and the wind always be at your back.

Donations can be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in lieu of flowers.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 o’clock, Sunday afternoon, November 7, 2021, at 118 Moonlight Trail, Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

Online Condolences

  1. Danny Lewis says:

    I am just stunned. So so sorry Donna and the rest of the family.

  2. Lenon & Mitch says:


    We are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest condolences to you and your family. We are here for whatever you need.

  3. Janice Elliott says:

    Charlie and Donna.
    I am so very sorry to hear of David’s passing. Please know that I am thinking of you both.

  4. Debra Shepherd Blackburn says:

    David Sr was a good man, good father, bother, husband and grandfather. He will truly be missed. My heart and prayers goes out to his wife Donna, son David Jr, granddaughter Karleigh and bother Charlie.May God wrap His loving arms around you all and give you peace.

  5. Marsh Family says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss.David was an AWESOME Grandpa to Katleigh,he will be missed.Our prayers are with you all

  6. David & Kathy Shannon says:

    Donna, We are so sorry for your loss! David will be so missed! You are in our thoughts and prayers .

  7. Kitt Wilson & Bonnie Wilson Temple says:

    Charlie & Donna
    We are so sorry to hear of David’s passing. Our thought & prayers are with you and you family during this difficult time.

  8. Lee Ann Forlenza says:

    Donna, I am so very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time. Rest In Peace David

  9. Avery white says:

    We was friends i remember you driving me bus just have fun the years we hangout u will be miss buy everyone

  10. Sandra Davis says:

    Oh Donna, I am so sorry to hear such sad news. I know how this feels since losing my husband in 2017. Cherish the Memories and know he lives on in your heart. Keep in touch. Call me if there is anything at all I can do or if you just need to talk. Sending prayers for Peace and Comfort.

  11. Ray & Judy Cox says:

    Charlie and Family, We are so sorry you have lost David. We have so many great memories with you boys growing up in the neighborhood. Our love and prayers are with you now and in the days to come.

  12. Broyles and Rast family says:

    We are all so sorry for your loss. Taken away to soon. Truly a wonderful friend to us and so many. You brought so much love in David’s life and I know you are very sad but we know he is with the Lord and we will all see him again. Please Donna let us know if there is anything you need or anything we can do. You and the family will be in our prayers and know we love y’all.

  13. Kimberly Ghilarducci says:

    I’m so very sorry to hear this. My heart and thoughts are with you during what must be a most difficult time.
    Condolences to you and your family. ❤️

  14. Linda Barker says:

    Donna we just found out about David we are so sorry to hear this. When we talked when you stopped by the house that day I didn’t think it would be that quick. I want you to know we love you and are praying for you.We have such good memories of David. Let me know if we can do anything for you.

  15. Lynn Ryle says:

    Donna , we just heard about David. It seems like I just saw you at Publix when you told me the news. I pray for God to give you Peace and Comfort, We love you and you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers ❤️

  16. Arthur Peagler says:

    Donna, so sorry to learn of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    May the souls of the departed Rest In Peace and light perpetual shine upon them.

  17. Sherry L Waller says:

    Many prayers for you and the family. May you find comfort as the Lord guides you through this difficult time. He will truly be missed by all those who knew and loved him.

  18. Helen Meads says:

    I’ve know David since early school days. He was always smiling and happy. I am sorry for your loss. He’ll be missed.

  19. Teresa White says:

    Donna and family, You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    David was a great friend. He was a good person. He will be missed by all that knew him. I have a lot of fond memories of him. May God hold you all in his hands and comfort you. Sending all my Love.

  20. Peggy Brown says:

    Donna, I am so very sorry. My husband passed away 8/11/2021 from pancreatic cancer. Please call me, 912 424 5519. I have been on this very sad and hard road for a month and it helps a little to share the grief with fellow travelers. Peggy Lynn Brown

  21. Sandra & Ken Walker says:

    Donna, We are so sorry. I have so many great memories of David. He was one of a kind that’s for sure. We love you and continue to pray for you. Our hearts are just broken. David’s chains have been broken he is no longer in pain. We will see him again until we do may God bless you with peace knowing you will always have a angel looking over you. Talk to you soon.All our love Sandra& Ken

  22. Chris Bossio says:

    Dave to me was one of the easiest people to hang out with ever met.
    Just seeing him was joy. We had so many adventures. We rode in every
    climate, day or night. I have done many things over life, I got say these
    times were some of the best of my life. I’m sorry to family and friends
    of Dave. He will be missed.

  23. Penny Peck says:

    Oh Donna I’m so sorry to hear this sad news! My heart and prayers are with you and your family. XOXO

  24. Susan Faulkner says:

    Donna I can’t express how sorry I am to hear that David was taken by cancer. You and all your family are in my prayers. I’ll pray that you will find peace and comfort.

  25. Melissa Copeland says:

    My deepest sympathies to you and your family. I’m so very sorry for
    For your loss. Sending prayers for peace & strength during this
    Difficult time.

  26. Sherry Boxxe says:

    Donna, David and I are so sorry to read about the passing of David. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you with his comfort. Love you.

  27. Brendan C Matton says:

    David was a great Captain, teacher, mentor, role model, and friend. I owe so much of where I’m at in my career to him. His calm even keel demeanor made him so great at his job and so easy to learn from. I always knew any time I need advise or had a question he was just a call away at anytime. He will be greatly missed Thanks Dave fair winds and following seas.

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