David Rider, was a native of Hagerstown and pilot. His family confirmed that he passed away over the weekend.
Rider was in the general contracting business for over 30 years and constructed many homes in Washington County.
“David [was] one of the most generous selfless people I have ever met in my life,” said Kevin Simmers, the founder of Brooke’s House.
David was also a frequent flyer out of his hometown airport since 1967. In 2003, he established Rider Jet Center with his pilot son. The center, serves as a fixed base operator providing services to pilots and passengers.
Rider touched the lives of many people.
“Four years ago I lost my daughter Brooke to a heroin overdose and immediately, out of the gate, Dave Rider came to us…and asked whatever he wanted to do, he could do it,” Simmers said.
Rider was supportive of a number of charities including Brooke’s House. Those who knew him say he did everything he could for his community when they needed it and never complained.
“While he was battling his own health issues, he was here every single day, never one time said he was sick never one time said he was tired, just pushed ahead like he always did with all projects without him we wouldnt be here today,” Simmers said.
Simmers says because of David, countless women will be saved at Brooke’s House. A plaque was placed at Brooke’s House in memory of David.