David Angell, age 54, died tragically on September 11, 2001 as a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11 that crashed into the World Trade Center. He was traveling with his wife, Lynn. He was a television producer, was the creator and executive producer of the television comedy "Frasier", which won a record five consecutive Emmy awards.
|Born: April 10, 1946|
|Died: September 11, 2001|
David was born the youngest of three children to Mae Cooney Angell and Henry Angell on April 10, 1946, in Providence, Rhode Island. David graduated from Providence College, where he later received an honorary doctorate degree. After graduation, David enlisted in the U.S. Army and served at the Pentagon until 1972. He spent years trying to sell television scripts with little success until he became a story editor for "Cheers" in 1983. When that show ended in 1993, Dr. Frasier Crane got his own series.
David is survived by his brother, the Most Reverend Kenneth A. Angell, who is Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington, Vermont; his sister, Claire Miller and her husband, Bernard of Stowe, Vermont; and their four children: Karen Brendli and her husband, Philip; Ann Rice and her husband, David; Stephen Miller and his wife, Georgeann; and Kathleen Grinley and her husband, Joseph. David also leaves behind ten grandnieces and nephews; and his very special partners, David Lee and Peter Casey, who knew David so well as "a kind and gentle man with a quiet exterior that masked one of the sharpest comedy minds ever to write for television."
Lynn and David were devoted, faith-based, spirit-filled partners in love and life. Theirs was a journey of joy, kindness, and gentleness, but it was a journey done too soon.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 12:00 noon on Monday, September 17, 2001 at Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral in Providence, Rhode Island. The family wishes to thank all who have offered their condolences, prayers and support during this tragic time, including friends across the country, from Los Angeles to Cape Cod to Rhode Island and Vermont. They would also like to express appreciation to the priests and faithful of the Diocese of Burlington and to Bishop Mulvee, the priests and friends of the Diocese of Providence. Last, and especially, the family thanks the members of the media who have been so understanding during these trying days. Those who wish to preserve the memory of David and Lynn might consider donations to: Hillsides Home for Children, 940 Avenue 64, Pasadena, CA 91105 or Providence College Scholarship Fund, Providence, RI 02918.
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