David Bruton Wingate

Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 01:33 PM.

David Bruton Wingate died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 in Port St. Joe at the age of 77.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Arlene Bergstrom Wingate, of Apalachicola.

David was born Jan. 30, 1935 in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was raised in Mt. Gilead, NC by his mother, Fannie Louisa Bruton, a piano teacher, and father Dr. George Clarence Wingate. He received his bachelors, masters and academic work for his doctorate at the Julliard School of Music in New York City. He then taught voice at the Florida State University School of Music from 1966-2003.

David spent his professional life performing nationally and internationally in numerous opera and musical productions. He toured with the Robert Shaw Chorale, sang with major orchestras, performed oratorios, served as choir director for many churches, and performed as a soloist with the High Holy Days with Richard Tucker in Chicago.

Other survivors include four children, John (Dana), Asheville, NC; Peter, Tallahassee; Tianne, Tallahassee; and David Daniel, Munich, Germany; four grandchildren, Ali, Strom, Jack, and Cameron; Boots Wingate (cousin) and family of Albany, GA; special niece Rebecca (Marc) Cabassa, Gulf Breeze; David Armon Bruton (cousin), Chapel Hill, NC; William Bruton (cousin) Mt. Gilead, NC; Joseph Bruton (cousin), Maryland, many sister and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews and many colleagues and students.

He is preceded in death by one son, David Bruton Wingate, Jr. and one brother, George C. Wingate. He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Apalachicola and was cared for by the dedicated staff at the Bridge at Bay St. Joe in Port St. Joe.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 11 am at Trinity Episcopal Church in Apalachicola. Memorial contributions may be made to the FSU School of Music, the Julliard School of Music or the Trinity Music Fund.



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