David H. Foos

David Foos - Rochester Cremation

David H. Foos, 66, of Webster, NY passed away peacefully with his family by his side on September 13th after a long illness with cancer.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years, Rosemary(Tarentino), children Adrienne Foos (Ben Scharff) and David Foos (Megan), grandchildren Vaughn Scharff and Margot Foos, mother Marion Goetz, siblings Linda Alessi (Mike), Nancy Rinaldi (John), John Goetz (Amanda), Anne Kilduff (John), Fred Goetz (Melissa), sister-in-law Pat Tarentino (Joe), brother-in-law Lawrence Tarantino (Sharon), many nieces, nephews, their children, dear friends, and his faithful dog, Theo. He is predeceased by his father Howard Foos, stepfather John Goetz, and mother-in-law Gilda Tarentino.

Dave was born in Queens, NY and grew up in Closter, NJ. He received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Stockton University where he met his wife Rosemary. He completed his graduate work in physics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and moved to Rochester, NY to begin his career at Kodak. He led international teams in the innovation and development of medical imaging technology at Carestream as Chief Technology Officer and Senior Director of Research and Development. Dave’s deep passion for science made him a prolific researcher, scholar, and patent-holder, dedicated to bringing cutting edge medical imaging technology to hospitals around the world. He retired in 2021.

Along with his wife, Rosemary, Dave was a very involved and supportive parent. He never missed a horse show, baseball game, heavy metal show, music lesson, etc. Dave was endlessly proud of his children and grandchildren, and enjoyed taking on the role of father figure to many of his children’s friends.

Dave’s devotion to the love of his life, Rosemary, was boundless. They first connected over their shared quirky sense of humor, love of the ocean, and passion for music. They enjoyed sharing adventures together, such as travelling, wine tasting, going to concerts, and many outdoor activities. Sharing their love and lives with family and friends was most important.

Family and friends have been reminiscing about “Dave-isms”. He could send a whole room laughing with a simple play on words or witty observation. His ability to find the humor in everyday situations brought joy to the people around him. Along with his humorous outlook on life, Dave was known for his integrity and loyalty. He felt strongly that it was always important to do the right thing, even if it meant putting others’ needs before his own.

Dave was unique in many ways, perhaps best demonstrated by the variety and depth of his interests and passions. He loved outdoor activities, such as biking, kayaking, bird watching, and walking his dog, Theo. He was a voracious reader and found creative writing in the last few years. He was fascinated by meteorology and astronomy. It’s impossible to capture all of Dave’s interests, but his enthusiasm for learning new things was vast.

A devoted father, husband, friend, and so much more, Dave’s impact on many peoples’ lives will be felt in their hearts forever.

A private ceremony and celebration of his life will take place in spring. In remembrance of Dave, donations can be made to the Aurora House Comfort Care Home. His family will be forever grateful for the incredible care he received from the staff at Wilmot Cancer Center and Aurora House.


37 Condolences

  1. Ehsan Samei on September 16, 2023 at 7:37 am

    My deep condolences to Dave’s family and friends. Dave was (is) an amazing soul, a bright and kind star, and best of colleague that anybody could have. I am grateful for knowing him.

  2. Narinder Paul on September 16, 2023 at 8:26 am

    It’s impossible to talk of Dave without smiling , without feeling grateful for the pleasure of his company, his integrity, honesty, loyalty and understanding. Passionate about doing the right thing – absolutely ! Prepared to stand up and advocate for the right thing – one hundred per cent !!
    I feel blessed and honoured to have known Dave for all these years , my friend , my coresearcher … my brother …. you are missed but you will stay in our hearts …

  3. Chris Ehmann on September 16, 2023 at 8:42 am

    Deepest sympathy to Dave’s family. Dave was a great guy and always had a smile. He had a wonderful way of making you feel welcome in his office even if he was up to his ears in challenges. He had an insatiable curiosity and desire to support and encourage new researchers and scientists. I always enjoyed working with Dave and speaking with him wherever we would bump into each other. He was a beautiful man.
    I hope the happy memories of Dave will provide some comfort to his family and friends.

  4. Mary Klinck on September 16, 2023 at 9:08 am

    I’m so sorry to learn of Dave’s passing. He was such a good, kind, gentle, bright, and funny man. I so enjoyed spending time with Rosemary, Dave, Adrienne, and David, when I lived in Rochester, and always so appreciated being welcomed into your home and family gatherings.

  5. Bob Hamilton on September 16, 2023 at 9:16 am

    My deepest condolences to the Rosemary and the Foos family on the loss of a truly wonderful person. I was fortunate to have known Dave through work for many years and on many occasions had the opportunity to talk and laugh over dinner while preparing for business meetings in Toronto or London or wherever they may have been. He was such a good man he was even able to make me understand the physics of imaging, which was no small feat.

    May Dave rest in peace and love. His spirit will always be remembered.

    • Debra Roppolo on September 16, 2023 at 9:39 am

      Rosemary, David, Adrienne, Ben, and Megan, my heart is breaking for you for your loss. I absolutely adored Dave and treasure the time we spent together, though it was not enough. I’ll always smile when I remember his wonderful sense of humour and his kindness. He was funny, interesting, endlessly curious, and quite simply a wonderful person. Some of my favourite memories are of early mornings at the cottage when we were the first two up, having coffee at the kitchen table and chatting together. And his gracious acceptance and return of my big hugs, because I knew he was not a huggy guy but I couldn’t help myself! I loved him and I hate that he’s gone — it’s so incredibly unfair. My deepest, sympathies to all of you and to the rest of Dave’s family and friends. He will always be in my heart.

  6. Brent Colby on September 16, 2023 at 9:17 am

    I knew Dave for many years. I held him in the highest regard. He had incredible integrity and intelligence, and my patients benefited greatly because of who he was. I benefited, too, as he was a valued friend. They don’t make them like that anymore, and he will be sorely missed. My sincere condolences.

  7. Diana Nole on September 16, 2023 at 10:03 am

    Dave was an amazing person. You can’t talk about Dave without having a smile on your face. He was more than a colleague; he was a friend, advisor, teacher, mentor. He had this sly sense of humor and deep appreciation for those around him. He made you better and you wanted to be around him. He made an impact on everyone around him. He will be deeply missed.

  8. Mike Jackman on September 16, 2023 at 10:17 am

    My deepest sympathy to Dave’s family , Dave was always such a positive person , no matter the topic or challenge he had a way to be thoughtful and helpful and always shared his amazing knowledge and innovative mind with all of us . Truly an amazing person. His easy going style made it so easy to be around him and work with him at any level . He was a great colleague and friend . He will be deeply missed.

  9. Ian Yorkston on September 16, 2023 at 10:37 am

    Hey friend … it’s difficult to know what to say … I will miss you bittery … you were my best friend and professional mentor .. you leave a huge gap in my life … but I know we will meet again … that I am sure of … till then … goodbye …

  10. David Yankelevitz on September 16, 2023 at 10:46 am

    My condolences to the family. I worked with Dave for many years from his early days in Kodak right up till his retirement. He was a true professional, led a great team and always a man of integrity. He was always so proud of his family. Great sense of humor and a great can do attitude. He handled his terrible illness with great dignity. I will miss him and am honored to have known him.

  11. Lori Barski on September 16, 2023 at 10:52 am

    Rosemary, Adrienne, David and family – you loss is enormous and I’m so very sorry. Dave was such a good man and a great leader. I had the privilege of being one of his first employees in the Health Group and he truly cared deeply about doing the right thing. He mentored, collaborated and had the highest ethical standards which made our company a great place to work and grow. Much of the success of Carestream can be attributed to his leadership and I owe him a debt of gratitude for taking me under his wing, supporting me when I needed it, and making me a better researcher. May you all find comfort in precious memories of Dave and the indelible impressions that he made on so many lives. Rest in peace Dave.

  12. Laura Gugliemini on September 16, 2023 at 11:02 am

    My life long dearest friend Rosemary and her family, I am heartbroken over Dave’s passing. He was the kindest, smartest, funny and most of all supportive man I have ever known. Over all these years, I knew if I asked Dave for guidance he would always make me feel safe and secure given any circumstance. He is smiling down on all of you and will be by you always in spirit until we all rode that highway to the sky and meet again! I wish all of you strength and most of all peace and joy! That’s what he would want. Love you all very much!

  13. Ram Dhurjaty on September 16, 2023 at 12:31 pm

    Deepest condolences to the family. Dave was an amazing person. He was soft-spoken and a perfect gentleman. He was a colleague and friend. We attended many conferences together, while at Kodak. He passed away, so young and will be missed deeply. May your soul rest in peace, Dave.

  14. Marcia Buckley on September 16, 2023 at 12:47 pm

    Oh Rosemary, I was so saddened to hear of Dave’s death…he lived such a full life! Love to Adrienne (and your son David), he really did NEVER miss a horse show. The Spirit world just became a more glorious place

  15. Mark Warner/Darren Gutberlet on September 16, 2023 at 1:28 pm

    My deepest condolences to Dave’s family. He was such a kind soul and great friend. He always showed interest in others and what was happening in their lives over his own. We always enjoyed having a conversation with Dave at parties or get togethers. He will be greatly missed.

  16. Ed Wang on September 16, 2023 at 2:25 pm

    My deepest sympathy to Rosemary, Adrienne, David and family. Dave hired me fresh from school when he became the lab head for the Health Imaging Research Group of Kodak in 1997, and I had the great pleasure working for him since then until he retired. What a journey! Dave has had a profound impact on my life and career. He was a mentor and a brother to me. I appreciate and have benefited from his life lessons he shared with me, such as “Just be a good person and not worry about anything else, as everything else will come with it,” “You can disagree with someone, but there is always a better way to express it.” I have learned tremendously from Dave on how to manage challenges while keep being optimistic. His can-do spirit reminded everyone to discover their potentials. I admire his ability to rally people around for the greater good and build a research environment where everyone enjoyed working and having fun. He spearheaded Carestream research and clinical collaborations during the entire transformation of radiography from analog to digital, and Carestream’s reputation as a highly innovative company can be attributed to his leadership. I miss Dave’s smile and the frequent occasions when he sporadically popped in my office for random chats. Some day when we meet again, I hope we can continue working together on fun and meaningful research projects. Rest in peace Dave.

  17. Steve Mango on September 16, 2023 at 2:31 pm

    Condolences to the Foos family. I didn’t get to know Dave real well but we did interact at Kodak & Carestream from time to time when I needed help or advice. I truly admired him as a brilliant scientist, researcher, and innovator.

  18. Terrie Levy on September 16, 2023 at 2:31 pm

    May his name be a blessing. I was very saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. I worked with and for Dave since I started at Kodak in 1987 until I retired in 2018. I remember his strong leadership and compassion for every individual. I will always remember his sense of humor. Once when his car was in the shop for new tires and I was giving him a ride into work; He said “Thanks, my tires were so old, it was like driving around on baloney skins”. I could not stop smiling all day.

  19. Diane Evenson on September 16, 2023 at 8:09 pm

    My Darlin Rosemary and precious family….Sometime there are no words to express what is in a heart because Dave was truly one in a million! How do u begin to say how he touched so many lives?? I remember so well when he was asked to handle the CAB and was like Lady Di… where do we start…did not take a lot of time or effort because they already admired and knew Dave was a leader and respected amongst all these outstanding leaders in their field of radiology and more! I am beyond blessed to have experienced his unique sense of humor and joy for life!!!
    All my love Rosemary and Family….!!!! Huge hugs….Lady Di♥️🥰♥️

  20. Mary Couwenhoven on September 16, 2023 at 8:50 pm

    Dear Rosemary, Adrienne, David and family. I am sending you my deepest sympathy and I am so sorry for your loss. Dave was a wonderful person, a great leader, a mentor and a friend. I had the privilege of working for Dave for almost my entire career. He was brilliant, passionate in his work, and always had a great sense of humor. I know that his mannerisms will be fondly remembered by all who worked with him. I hope all the wonderful memories of Dave will bring you comfort. May he rest in Peace.

  21. Dennis Sneddon on September 16, 2023 at 11:04 pm

    My deepest condolences to the Foos family on the loss of a fantastic and caring person. I was fortunate to have worked with Dave at Kodak and Carestream on various Health imaging products. We spent many hours talking on trips and meetings. He was always a wealth of knowledge, passionate about research and was always excited about delivering new innovations. He always had a great laugh and was always willing to explain my questions in great detail ….. sometimes in more detail than I could understand.

    A Great person, gone to soon, may he rest in peace.

  22. Dharmendu Damany on September 17, 2023 at 9:09 am

    My heartfelt condolences go out to Dave’s family during this difficult time.

    I had the privilege of knowing Dave shortly before his retirement, and I can genuinely say he was a remarkable individual. He was not only highly respected but also possessed an incredible intellect, unwavering passion, and a deep sense of caring for others. Dave was renowned for his razor-sharp wit, which never failed to bring laughter to those around him.

    Beyond his remarkable qualities, Dave was approachable, friendly, and always eager to strike up a conversation on any topic with anyone. I fondly recall a memorable encounter during an RSNA trip when he casually engaged in a chat with a gentleman at the lobby bar who introduced himself as ‘Marshall,’ only to later discover that this unassuming stranger was none other than Eminem.

    Dave’s contributions to the field of Imaging are enormous. He constantly pushed the boundaries of technology, paving the way for numerous products and solutions that have since become standard in X-ray imaging. His legacy will continue to inspire and benefit generations to come.

    I am glad that I met Dave. His impact on both his profession and the people he touched will be cherished and remembered forever.

  23. Karen Boeschen-Gold on September 17, 2023 at 12:37 pm

    Our hearts are heavy with the loss of Dave…he is and always will be an inspiration to us all! Dave’s wit, sense of humor, love of his family, and love of dogs will always be remembered! Dave showed so much courage and grace with battling cancer! He and Rosemary built a strong foundation for their family! They raised kind and caring children together and becoming grandparents continues their circle of love forever….May Dave’s spirit watch over all of you…God bless 🙏

  24. Joe Coberly on September 17, 2023 at 6:43 pm

    It is so shocking to learn of Dave’s

  25. Joe Coberly on September 17, 2023 at 6:56 pm

    It comes as a tremendous shock to learn of Dave’s passing. We started at Kodak at the same time and sharing many interests, quickly became close friends. My heart goes out to Rosemary, maybe the perfect fit for Dave in so many ways, I can’t imagine your loss. And to Adrienne, and David whom I met in a visit to Webster many years ago. To me, Dave was a trusted professional colleague, a basketball teammate, brewing mentor, a New. Years Eve host, and best friend. He traveled to Atlanta with Rosemary to be best man at my wedding. I always thought we’d get back together, maybe a week in the Finger Lakes where we would’ve picked up exactly where we left off so long ago, but the blink of an eye. I will miss Dave as few others.

  26. d’Aprea on September 17, 2023 at 10:03 pm

    My deepest sympathy to Dave’s family.
    As expatriate from France, Dave showed a lot of kindness towards me during my years in Rochester. I will never forget him.

  27. Bela Kovacs on September 18, 2023 at 7:35 am

    My Deepest Condolences to Dave’s entire family, I had the pleasure and honor of meeting and getting to know Dave at Carestream while I was working with Dave Jr. in the COE.
    Dave and I would encounter each other in the hallways of Carestream and always have a good laugh about something. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by anyone who had the privilege of knowing him.

  28. Ted Taccardi on September 18, 2023 at 10:27 am

    I had the privilege of working with Dave for nearly twenty-five years. Our other co-workers have truly captured Dave’s essence. He was smart, funny and most of all, a good man. I always enjoyed our interactions, whether at work or traveling the world together. Through our many conversations, I know how much Dave was looking forward to retirement with his wife, children and extended family. It is so sad that this special time was limited. I will miss him deeply, and am grateful for our time together.

  29. Robin and Joan Lambert on September 18, 2023 at 12:06 pm

    Our condolences and deep sympathy to Rosemary and the family.
    Dave was our neighbor and while we did not know him really well,
    he always exhibited a positive outlook and a very kind spirit.
    We appreciated his willingness to stop and chat as we met while
    he was doing his daily walk.
    Dave’s strength as he battled the disease was an example to us.
    He was a special man.

  30. Mariann Sullivan on September 18, 2023 at 12:17 pm

    Though I only got to know Dave relatively recently, I feel so lucky that I did. Just a lovely man, with so much integrity, positivity and, always, humor. My heart breaks for all of you who have suffered such an unfair and untimely loss.

  31. Karen Wallo on September 19, 2023 at 12:59 am

    Dear Rosemary and family,
    My deepest condolences for the loss of Dave. Words are so inadequate at a time like this. I know loss all too well. It always helped me just to know people are thinking of me, praying for me during this terribly sad time. I am here for you always. I am so very sorry.

  32. Rosemary Foos on September 20, 2023 at 9:31 am

    Dearest family, friends and colleagues of Dave,
    We deeply appreciate all of you taking the time to share your condolences and remembrance of our beloved. Reading about your connection to Dave and how he impacted so many people provides much comfort in these challenging days. I hope your memory of him continues to be a blessing, and perhaps makes you smile from time to time. He had a life well lived and a life filled with love.
    With gratitude and love,
    Rosemary Foos and family

  33. Guy Checchio on September 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    To Rosemary and Family, Diane and I are deeply saddened by the news of Dave’s passing. Although we didn’t spend much time together we will always have the fond memory of his great smile and pleasant personality . Please accept our condolences, Guy and Diane

  34. Charlie Hicks on September 23, 2023 at 10:34 am

    More than a colleague, more than a friend – Dave was someone who will always have a special place in my heart. For years we had offices next to each other and not a day went by when we didn’t spend time together. A brilliant man with a tremendous heart. Always the “good cop” to my “bad” we spent countless hours talking and commiserating about both benign (did someone say baseball?) and complex issues. His humor and compassion always put a smile on my face and kept me off the ledge many a day. My condolences out to Rosemary – who Dave said was the love of his life and that he was lucky to have “married up” . Passionate, strong and just as funny – they made a great couple. Forever in my thoughts and memories rest in peace my dear friend!

  35. David Sherburne on September 24, 2023 at 9:52 am

    Dave was such a good friend and so supportive at work with anything you brought to him for input. Dave had a wonderful sense of humor and was just a humble and supportive person each and everyday. Condolences to the entire family.

  36. Steve Rogers on September 28, 2023 at 12:16 pm

    Rosemary and family- We’re so sorry to hear about Dave. I always enjoyed our opportunities to get together. We’re thinking of you during this difficult time.
    Steve, Ken and the rest of the Rogers family.

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