When most UFCD faculty, staff and classmates remember David Guirguis, DMD class of 2021, they mention his warm, ready smile, his contagious laughter, a consistent positive outlook and a willingness to help whenever and however needed. On Friday, August 7, David, 24, died in a traffic accident near his home in Lutz, Florida.
Born in Alexandria, Egypt, David’s family moved to Florida where he attended school, graduating from George Steinbrenner High School in Lutz, and earning a degree in biomedical sciences at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He joined the UF College of Dentistry in 2017 to pursue his dream of becoming a dentist.
“This is a heartbreaking loss for our entire community, and as his college family we come together to keep David’s family, friends and classmates in our hearts and prayers as they cope with this devastating loss,” said A. Isabel Garcia, D.D.S., M.P.H., dean.
Victor Chan, president of the DMD Class of 2021 said, “David is a loving member of our class, known for his wide ear-to-ear smile, athleticism on the soccer field and his love of bulldogs. He is a faithful man who will forever be part of our family.”
David Admon Guirguis is survived by his parents, Moheb and Meray Guirguis; his sister, Monica Guirguis; his grandmother, Magda Girgis; his fiancée Lina Tadros and her parents, Dr. Hany and Souzy Tadros; and a large extended family.
A funeral service is scheduled for August 12 at 1 p.m. at St. George Coptic Orthodox Church, 2135 West Busch Blvd in Tampa. Burial services will follow immediately after the funeral at Gardens of Memory Cemetery, 4207 East Lake Avenue, in Tampa. The funeral and burial services are open only to family members due to COVID-19 restrictions. After his burial, however, David’s family will be accepting brief condolences at St. George Coptic Orthodox Church until 7 p.m. There are parking limitations, so those planning to offer condolences are encouraged to carpool whenever safe and possible. Face masks are required at all times.