Dawud “Dave” Potak-Gibbs – Hero

  • December 24, 2020

Dawud “Dave” L. Potak-Gibbs left this world on April 21, 2018 with his wife Laura and daughter Summer by his side at home. Dave bravely fought Renal Medullary Carcinoma (RMC) for two years and inspired many with his strength and optimism.

Born on February 7, 1983 in Philadelphia, Dave graduated from Germantown High School and most recently resided in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

As a chef, he worked for years in corporate dining for Compass Group, as well as in fine dining restaurants such as R2L and The Capital Grille. Most recently he was a stay at home dad, a cherished experience that was invaluable for Summer.

After meeting in 2006, Dave and Laura (a native of Pittsfield, MA) were inseparable and shared each other’s interests, such as Philly sports, camping, softball, cooking, and music. They were married on May 13, 2011.

Dave was loved by many and will be missed dearly. Aside from Laura and Summer, he leaves his mother Elizabeth Vann, mother-in-law Mary-Jane Sackett, stepfather-in-law Russell Sackett, and sisters Saadiqa Vann, Dannette Vann, Carmen Vann, Ametria Gibbs, and Renee Wigfall. He also leaves siblings-in-law Sarah Scarola, Karen Potak, David Potak and Catherine Potak, as well as their spouses. Dave also leaves many nieces and nephews, and many friends who were like family, as well as a cat Christine. He was predeceased by his father David Montgomery Gibbs.