July 22, 1949 ~ September 12, 2021

Born in: Philadelphia, PA
Resided in: Candler, NC

September 12, 2021
Tishrei 7, 5782

With profound sadness and pain, we report to you the passing of David M. Block, beloved husband of dear community member Andrea Block, dad to John & Stacy Penson, of Miami Beach, FL, and of Melody Herman, of the Asheville area. He was also Zaida (grandfather) to Marley, Delila, and Ruby Penson, and brother to Elaine Block (David Carroll), of Arlington, VA, and Margot Hill (Mike), of Mountaintop, PA. David passed away on Sunday, September 12, 2021, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by people he loved.

David was a man with great integrity and a warm and infectious smile. He had a career in the health and life insurance industry and was recently awarded the 2021 Distinguished Service Award for outstanding and dedicated service to NAHU, National Association of Health Underwriters and the Health Insurance Industry. He had also served as the Federal Law and Legislative Chair of the North Carolina Association of Health Underwriters.

David served his local community in a variety of ways, two of which being Big Brothers Big Sisters, and as a volunteer math teacher at Candler Elementary School. In recognition of his service the City of Asheville proclaimed July 19, 2014 as 65th Birthday of David M. Block Day. Revelers enjoyed a LaZoom Bus tour, fine foods and laughter in downtown Asheville with friends who flew in from around the country to celebrate David.

The funeral service to honor David’s life and legacy will be held on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at The Chabad House, 127 McDowell St., Asheville, NC 28801. Interment will immediately follow at Lou Pollock Memorial Park, North Louisiana Ave., Asheville, NC 28806.

Due to Wednesday being Erev Yom Kippur, the family will be sitting Shiva at their home on Tuesday only, until 6:00 PM.

Condolence letters may be mailed to: The Block Family, P.O. Box 1807 Candler, NC, 28715.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that donations may be made to Thoracic Program of Oncology, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, Abramson Cancer Center/University of Pennsylvania, 3400 Civic Center Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 19104, to The Chabad House, 127 McDowell St., Asheville, NC 28801, or to the Buncombe County Firefighters Association, P.O. Box 190, Candler, NC 28715.

David will be dearly missed. May his memory serve as a blessing. We wish his wife Andrea and family, only good news, from here forward. Hamakom yenachem etchem b’toch she’ar aveilei tzion v’yerushalayim — “May G-d comfort you, together with all mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.”


Funeral Service: September 14, 2021 1:00 pm

The Chabad House
127 McDowell St.
Asheville, NC 28801

Burial: September 14, 2021 2:00 pm

Lou Pollock Memorial Park
Louisiana Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806

(828) 285-9995

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  1. Dearest Andi and family, so very sorry for your loss, David was a wonderful husband and father and I was delighted to know him. While I can’t be with you for his service, please know that I will have you in my thoughts. Much love!

  2. Dear Andi, Melody, and Stacy,
    David was a wonderful man who will be deeply missed. His quick and salty sense of humor was always a welcome relief in otherwise sad or tense moments. He had a very positive attitude to life that allowed him to pick himself up when all the odds were not in his favor and persevere. He’s a hero to
    me. So sorry my life circumstances didn’t allow me to visit you in Candler. Know my love is with you always. Hugs!


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