In lieu of flowers donations can be made to help take care of David’s wife Darlene. Checks can be made out to King's Harbor Church with Darlene Anthony written on the memo line. We appreciate your love and support.

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  1. I’ll never forget the way he always made me feel loved and accepted – more like a father than a brother – and I already miss him, but look to our time together again in eternity. Oh, how happy we’ll be!!

  2. wishing i could be there at the funeral to pay my respects and honour a man who had a profound influence on my life in my 20s. thinking of you all, love sez

  3. Dave was very kind to me on campus at Bethany. I remember him as compassionate with a great sense of humor.

  4. David was a friend closer than a brother. Even though many miles and oceans separated us for many years, my heart only grew fonder with love, respect, and the memories of his unconditional love towards me.

  5. Dave dedicated his life to the Lord’s work, he has finished the race. My love and prayers to his family.

  6. Our family continues to surround your family in prayer. We sre comforted by the knowldege that David is at peace and that your family is blessed by your faithfulness during this challenging time.

  7. Darlene, We loved Dave he was such a special man. He was always about his heavenly father’s business. He always talked about you and the kids so lovingly. We love you Darlene. Love, Bernie and Liz Keach

  8. Dearest Darlene and family, you are all in our thoughts and our prayers. Much love to you all and to dear Penny. Love Filo, Darren (& Maureen, Melbourne), Stephen, Simon and Andrea. May God’s grace give you strength.

  9. I only wish I could be there to support you all during this time. David’s awesome preaching really laid the foundation for my walk with Jesus. His love and dedication to his family has been a real testament of his love for God, and an inspiration to me. How wonderful that his faith will now thread through many generations! With Love, Renee Cosio

  10. My thoughts are with you all in this very sad time. How grateful I was to have had the privilege of experiencing Davids teaching,and seeing first hand Gods blessings on a family.Darlene, thank you so much for the time spent away from your family in the USA, so you could serve us here in NZ. Love Debbie Cosio

  11. Dear Anthony Family, We are thinking and praying for you during this time. May God continue to bring comfort. Dave was such a wonderful blessing to me and so many people and will be so missed. Luis and Crystal (Koerner) Leon

  12. Darlene, Sincere condolences from me and my extended family, Bob’s brothers and sister. The shock is overwhelming, but God has shown David grace and dignity. He is with Him. God bless you.

  13. The Lake Family wants you to know that we are sick with grief at the loss of a GREAT friend. Dave believed in us and we loved him. His family will always be special to us. We believe the fruit of his life will continue to prosper here in New Zealand and where-ever he dropped seeds of faith.

  14. To the Anthony Family, Your in our prayers at this time and to let you know that Dave had a large influence in my christian life and we will never forget him. In Words from a song from PETRA, Friends are a Gift from above,Friends are devoted and true, When the Going gets tough, Their loving,caring and praying for you. We are sorry we cannot be with you there,God Bless you all I hope we can keep in touch Love David,Darcy an Joshua Lake

  15. Darlene, we will miss David. And yet wonderful memories of him remain undiminished. Sunday school, canoe trips, LA visits, cassette tapes, babysitting the kids and shared experiences in NZ. He was a beacon of God’s life. Much love to you and your family.

  16. Our love and prayers are with you. We extend our sympathy to you at the loss of Dave and pray for God’s perfect peace to be in your hearts.

  17. When I was at Bethany from 1972 to 1975, David was acting as men’s dean. My roommate, Greg Waite, and I loved to watch basketball and hockey. But we weren’t allowed a TV in our room. One day Greg brought one from home and we started watching games, hiding the TV in the closet during the day. One morning, rising late, we left the TV out. David did a surprise round to inspect rooms and found the TV. He left us a note that went something like this: Who won the game? Guys, get rid of this TV. You will also be happy to know that the kitchen staff will be waiting for you to do dishes for the next 7 days! When we saw David the next day, he just smiled his biggest smile. David always had wise and useful advice for me. He helped me to grow up. May God bless his family and his memory.

  18. Dearest Darlene & family, I just found out about David today thru the Bethany Newsletter. Both you and Dave were an inspiration to us and really helped us to make it thru school. God Bless You, heaven is a bit brighter today with Dave’s smiling face. luv Warren&Donna- Stacy too:)

  19. Dearest Darlene & Family. GRACE GRACE. May His Grace and peace be upon you all. We grieve with you as a family, we also personally grieve for the loss of a great friend & Pastor that David was to us in Hastings N.Z. Love from Colin & Bev Winters and family.

  20. We wish Darlene and the whole family much comfort and strength at this time. David was always a rock, a spiritual father, and a friend. We will be forever indebted to him for his godly influence, his listening ear and his contagious laugh. Thanks for the wonderful memories and the special times we shared.

  21. Darlene and family- We are so sorry for your loss. I can only hope to be as much of a blessing to others as Dave was. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love- Dustin and Nina Nelson

  22. Darlene, I can’t begin to express my feelings when I heard of Dave going on ahead of us to be with Jesus. He meant so much to me during the year I worked for him at Bethany when we first came back from NZ. My marriage was rocky – and although I didn’t share that much with him, he had a way of expressing concern and giving words of comfort that meant more than I can ever say. I spoke with him on a phone about 3 years ago while visiting my son out in Calif. I had hoped to be able to visit you both – but well recall it was so good to see you all at a wedding at Bethany a number of years back. My thoughts and prayers have been with you during the past week since Bev Lang emailed me from NZ. Praying the comfort only Jesus can give will sustain you and His Spirit will guide you on the many decisions you face in the coming days. Sincerely – with love, Nanci (Tryggestad/Walters) De Smet

  23. Dear Dolly, Lance and I are so saddened by the news of David’s death. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. It is too much, but God’s grace is so completely sufficient for what you need from Him today, and tomorrow. We have that confidence in His goodness and mercy that follow us all the days of our lives… Lovingly, Karen and Lance

  24. We sent a card, but want you to know Dolly and all your family that we continue to pray and hold you up to the Father, the Only One that can truly understand each aching heart. You are loved. Nonie

  25. Darlene, I am so grateful for the years you were at Bethany while I was a student with Jeremy and Michelle. I saw so much of Christ in Dave while he was on Student Life. He was always so gracious and loving toward us, I am changed because of him. I am full of sadness but also full of wonder as I imagine him with our Lord. I love your family!

  26. So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. May the presence of Jesus be very real to each of you and give you His comfort.

  27. Dolly, we were so shocked to hear of Dave’s passing and want you to know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Both you and David were special role models for us when we were at Bethany. Linda and Warren Walsh

  28. May the Lord Bless you, Darlene. We are so thankful for the gift and honor of knowing Dave at Bethany. Love, Mike and Judy

  29. You may not know me, but I went to Bethany with Jared and Michelle and Jeremy. I know Dave was a great man, full of life, and just watching him respond to others was a blessing in itself. He showed me grace when I needed it. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  30. Darlene and family, I wish I could have been there with you during this time of sorrow. Yet I know for a fact that the Comforter was and still is with you, soothing your aching hearts with His comfort and grace. My dear friend finished his course. Though saddened by his departure we say halellujah! We will meet him up there. Our family’s love and prayers are with you.

  31. Darlene: I am very sorry for your loss. Dave was a trusted counsellor to me, years ago. Some of the insights he shared with me guide my thinking and decisions today. Sincerely Diane LeClair S.

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