David Michael Block

david block

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

View current weather.

Memories Timeline


  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!

  3. Dearest Andi and children,
    We are so deeply sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers for all of you is that G-d grants you solace and consolation and the courage to heal from David’s passing! With deepest sympathy and love,
    Stephie and Irv Willis

  4. Dear Andi & family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. David was a wonderful person who gave his all to everyone. We are sending our love to you and your family.
    Les & Barbara Share

  5. Dear Andi & Family,
    We were so very sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved David. Our thoughts are with you during this painful time. May his memory be for a Blessing.
    Nada and Haskell Bernat

  6. Dear Andrea
    It has been a difficult journey for David and for you for the past year as he battled the demon . Am sad that he is gone and I know how devoted you were in taking care of him.Sending my love and best wishes to you at this time. george

  7. David was an exceptional person and wonderful husband to Andi.’We will miss his smile, his kindness and the special person he was.
    Our condolences to Andi and the entire family, Susie and Hank Dufour

Sign the Guestbook, Light a Candle