David L. Hulvey, who retired as a senior account executive from The Tribune-Democrat’s advertising department in 2012, died Thursday, at Windber Hospice at age 62.
Mr. Hulvey’s positive attitude despite battling sarcoma for more than three years made him popular with co-workers and clients alike.
“He put up a fight,” said his wife, Sharon Hulvey of Westmont.
“He said he was going to beat it. He fought and fought until he couldn’t do it anymore. A week after Christmas he said, ‘This is it. I’m done fighting.’ He’s been through so much. It’s sad, but he’s at peace. We lost two daughters to cancer, and I told him he would be with them.”
Mr. Hulvey started his career more than 40 years ago at The Tribune-Democrat as a part-time office clerk in the
retail advertising department.
He was promoted to outside sales representative in the classified advertising department and also served a number of years as layout director, but his favorite part of the job was always the people.
“He just loved selling,” his wife said.
Craig Springer, another account executive at the newspaper, remembered handling some of his friend’s accounts after he retired and found that Mr. Hulvey was well liked and respected by his clients.
“They remembered him and thought he handled himself professionally,” Mr. Springer said. “I think those at the paper respected him too.
“He enjoyed his work. He was a teacher to the new reps who came on board.”
Robin L. Quillon, publisher of The Tribune-Democrat, said Mr. Hulvey was the consummate newspaper professional.
“He truly loved his work,” Mr. Quillon said. “In spite of his declining health, his outlook on life was always positive. He was a wonderful mentor to the younger sales executives. His passing has touched us all deeply here, and we miss him dearly.”
Mary Ann Rizzo, now director of advertising sales for The Tribune-Democrat and Johnstown Magazine, was one of those Mr. Hulvey mentored.
“I was hired as a part-time telemarketer,” Mrs. Rizzo said. “He would help train us and show us the ropes. He was knowledgeable about the industry and taught all of us.”
Mrs. Rizzo remembered Mr. Hulvey being dependable and showing up for work every day.
“He was always asking ‘how’s your family,’ and talking with us,” Mrs. Rizzo said. “He was that way with his customers too. Dave was one of those guys who was always happy. He was always in a good mood. I remember him smiling.”
On a personal level, Mr. Springer fondly recalled camping trips to Clearfield County every Groundhog Day weekend with Mr. Hulvey and several other friends.
At home, Mr. Hulvey enjoyed tinkering in the shed with his woodworking projects.
He also liked to spend as much time as he could with the couple’s three grandchildren.
“He loved to take them to amusement parks. That was his favorite,” Mrs. Hulvey said. “He would play ball with them out in the yard, just simple everyday things.”
Mr. Hulvey was a member of Moxham Lutheran Church, where he sang in the choir.
“He was very involved at the church, on church council,” his wife said. “He did whatever was needed.”
Mr. Hulvey retired from the 876th Engineering Battalion of the Army National Guard with 24 years’ service.
Funeral arrangements will be handled by Picking-Treece-Bennett Mortuary Inc., 921 Menoher Blvd.
Ruth Rice covers Features for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at Twitter.com/RuthRiceTD.