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A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11am this Saturday at the Barry Community Foundation Leason Sharpe Hall for a Hastings icon.

 

WBCH first reported on April 12 that David Jasperse died at his home in Hastings following a long illness.

 

Since his passing countless individuals who knew Jasperse have expressed their sadness and condolences, all agreeing that the community will never be quite the same without Dave.  Few, if any, men have given so much to their community, as a pharmacist and through his service on so many boards and committees.

He owned and operated Bosley Pharmacy on South Jefferson Street for many years. His tireless work for Hastings and Barry County earned him a place on the top five pharmacists in the country dedicated to their customers and the larger community at a national pharmacist's convention in Las Vegas.

 

City Manager Jeff Mansfield knew and respected Dave. What follows are some insights Mansfield shared about him.

 

Some of the posts Dave served on for his community include the Hastings City Council for more than 40 years, the Hastings Planning Commission, Joint Planning Alliance, the Public Safety Committee, Finance Committee, Fire Committee, Parks and Recreation Committee, Property Committee, Water Supply and Sewerage Committee, Streets Committee and City of Hastings Area Joint Planning Commission. He was a member of the Mainstreet Savings Bank Board of Directors for nearly 30 years.

 

Dave led the city through the development of many community Master Plans, most recently the 2012 update of the Hastings Comprehensive Community Plan.

 

As a local pharmacist, he was a trusted advisor, advocate and medical confidant during the many serious and debilitating illnesses and injuries suffered by ourselves, our friends, our families and our neighbors.

 

Widely known as a staunch supporter and huge fan of South Jefferson Street, Dave led his fellow "Merry Merchants of South Jefferson Street" in many community activities including the St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Dave was an outstanding member of the Hastings Rotary Club. His exemplary service was recognized by the bestowal of the Club's Red Rose Award; he was also a longstanding Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. He earned the Hastings Bar Association's prestigious Liberty Bell Award.

 

He relentlessly shunned the spotlight as a financial supporter of many local causes, but he supported virtually every local activity and program throughout the years.

 

His commitment to "Service above Self" and his strict adherence to the tenets of the Four Way Test: "Is it the Truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships? Is it beneficial to all concerned?" are unquestionable.

 

Dave is survived by his wife Emily, son Jeff and wife Amy and two grandchildren, Isabelle and Ava.

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