David K. Tryon, 63, of Foothills Way, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008, at home, following a short illness.

He was born Aug. 31, 1945, in Lawrence, Mass., son of the late Terence and Helen (King) Tryon.

David moved to Tilton from Waltham, Mass., in 1983. Prior to moving to Tilton, David was a longtime chef in Boston and Westboro, Mass. In 1983, he became the owner and manager of the former Tilton Inn in Tilton. He volunteered at the Winnisquam Regional Middle School since 2003, where he had many duties, most notably working with children with special issues and being the drug and alcohol awareness coordinator. Since 2002, David ran the WRHS Chem Free program, the longest running and most successful Chem Free program in the state of New Hampshire. He was involved with YNOT (a youth anti-tobacco group), various other civic groups in the area and was an active member of the board of directors of the Northfield Pines Community Center. David was the recipient of many awards for his volunteer and humanitarian activities, including the Champions for Children award in 2003, Annette P. Schmitt Unsung Hero award in 2003, Outstanding School Volunteer award in 2007 and Tilton's Citizen of the Year award in 2008. He had great faith and was active with several area Catholic Churches; involved with business management, teaching CCD and running youth groups. He enjoyed the local sports programs and often announced and provided line-ups at the WRHS.

His beloved, surviving family includes, his wife of 26 years, Nancy J. (Sullivan) Tryon of Tilton; his children, Roger Taylor of Waterford, Mich., Karen and her husband, Robert Hoey, of Lochmere and Kathleen Tryon of Northfield; and a brother, Terrence and his wife, Nancy Tryon, of Tampa, Fla. He also leaves a multitude of friends and 'children of the heart.'