Help David Bird's Family

For: The Bird Family Trust
Organizer: Friends of the Bird Family
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Dear Friends and Supporters for the Bird Family,

As you may know by now, David Bird was recovered from the Passaic River on Wednesday, March 18th. His body was positively identified by the Morris County authorities on March 19th. 

The Bird Family is beyond gratitude for over a year of continuous help and support from friends, family, community, the local and national media, Dow Jones & Company, The Sharing Network, unknown caring individuals, Long Hill Township Police and Fire departments and many surrounding area municipal service agenices, the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America, the Long Hill Township Public Schools and their devoted staff and teachers, St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Stirling and All Saints Episcopalian Church in Millington, other surrounding area houses of worship and their congregations, local businesses, and a wide range of not-for-profit organizions and support groups. 

Family friend, Susie Harris, wrote on Facebook, "I am so grateful to have known such a fine, loving, dedicated and resilient man." That is how so many of us feel, despite the overwhelming grief that accompanies the news. Now found, we can take time to reflect further on the immeasurable impact of David's noble life, and honor him and his family with ceremony and closure.

At this time, the website will remain active for information regarding upcoming services and memorials. Contributions will still be accepted, if you would like to help Nancy, Alex, and Natasha through the transition, or to assist with funeral expenses.

Checks can be made out to "The Bird Family Trust," and sent to:
The Bird Family Trust, P.O. Box 234,  Millington, NJ, 07946. Or you can donate online with a credit card. This donation is not tax-deductable. 

On behalf of the many friends of the Bird Family, please accept my deepest gratitude for your generosity of resources and spirit over the past fourteen months. 

Jennie DeMizio


by Friends of the Bird Family
Dear Friends,
A million thank you's go out to all of you for your generous support over the past 16 months. As this fundraising site comes to a close, we owe a huge thank you to Jennie DeMizio for conceiving, executing and managing the site. It was and continues to be a tremendous help to us.

David is resting in peace now and as we begin to put our lives back together, the hole in our hearts is filled with gratitude for the kindness so many people showered us with during our darkest days. Thank you for being among those who helped us along the way and continue to provide security and peace of mind for our future.

Much love and appreciation,
Nancy, Alex and Natasha Bird

by Friends of the Bird Family
David's Obituary:

David Christopher Bird

David C. Bird, who went missing on January 11, 2014, after going for a walk near his home in Millington, NJ, was found dead on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.


David, 55 years old when he vanished, was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones for more than 20 years. He is a former reporter for the Fort Myers News-Press, The Times of Trenton, the Lawrence Ledger, AP/Dow Jones, McGraw Hill News, and Knight-Ridder.


A 1980 journalism graduate from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ, David graduated Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville in 1976. He attended elementary school at Our Lady of Sorrows School in Hamilton Township, Mercer County, NJ, where he grew up.


In 1989, David met his future wife, Nancy Fleming, while they were both working in New York City. They soon found they had much in common—both were the youngest of six children in large Irish-American families, loved traveling and shared an irreverent sense of humor. They were married in 1991 and welcomed their son Alex in 1998 and daughter Tasha in 2001.


David adored his wife and their two children. He especially cherished the last 10 years of his life, made possible by a liver transplant from an anonymous donor in 2004. After David’s transplant, the Birds became advocates for organ and tissue donations, and David became an avid walker, runner, cyclist and hiker, as well as an adult leader of Long Hill Township’s Boy Scout Troop 56. In 2012, he completed the Harrisburg Marathon and in 2013, the New York City Marathon. His active lifestyle, optimism and sheer zest for living inspired countless transplant recipients, proving they could live productive, happy, healthy lives following surgery.


David enjoyed listening to a variety of musical genres, rooting for the Boston Red Sox, and traveling throughout the world. Most of all, he enjoyed time with his family and watching his children’s lives unfold.


David was preceded in death by his parents, Walter T., Sr., and Anna (née McLernon) and two brothers, Walter T. “Wally,” Jr., and Joseph. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Nancy Fleming Bird; and their children, Alexander and Natasha; his sisters, Maryann of London and Kathleen of Hackettstown, NJ; his brother Dennis (Sheila) of Boston; his brother- in-law and four sisters-in-law, Thomas (Beverly) Fleming of Wausau, WI; Chris Fleming (James Wiggins) of New York City; Patty (Gerry) Lyng of McCleary, WA; Mary Lou (Jim) Kauffman of Etters, PA; Kathleen (Larry) Kreider of Marco Island, FL; and his mother-in-law, Virginia Fleming of New Cumberland, PA. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

by Friends of the Bird Family
Dear Friends of the Birds,

Below is information about how David's life is being honored this week. 

All are invited to celebrate David’s remarkable life with his loved ones. Visitation hours will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at the Church of St. Vincent de Paul, 249 Bebout Avenue, Stirling, NJ, 07980. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Richard Carton on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at 11:00 a.m., also at St. Vincent de Paul Church.

 Interment will be private.

Arrangements are under the direction of Valley Memorial Funeral Home of Gillette, NJ. For more information and on-line condolences, please visit

Contributions in David’s memory may be made to:

The Bird Family Trust

P.O. Box 234

Millington, NJ  07946




NJ Sharing Network Foundation

691 Central Ave.

New Providence, NJ  07974

Online at:



by Friends of the Bird Family
Dear Friends of the Bird Family,

     It is with heavy heart that I pass along that David Bird's body was recovered from the Passaic River, near Long Hill Township, and positively identified today by officials from Morris County.

     The most recent coverage can be found at the following link:

     A thousand thanks to each of you and to your families for your vigilant support of Nancy, Alex, Natasha, and their extended family through this unimaginably difficult time.

     There is no funeral information available at the moment. However, I will try to get you a timely update.

     Thank you again for your generosity. I can't tell you how much it has meant to the Birds, both spiritually and instrumentally.


     Jennie DeMizio

by Friends of the Bird Family
Dear Friends,
Thank you so much for your generous support and kindness.  I'm so grateful to Jen DeMizio for keeping this site active as it has truly helped.  

Today, http:/// was launched as another effort to spread the news of David's disappearance.   Please take a moment to check it out the website and share it with your friends.  The more people who are aware that David is missing, the more likely we are to find him.   I truly believe someone must know something so we just need to get to that person.  

The website details the search effort to date, provides pictures and video of David and hosts a blog that I will maintain as best as I can.  

Peace, prayers and positive thoughts,
Nancy Bird

by Friends of the Bird Family
Thank you to everyone who was able to come out to support Nancy, Alex, Natasha, and the extended family on the weekend anniversary of David's disappearance. Whether you attended the pancake breakfast held by our very dear Long Hill Police Department PBA chapter, or you were able to brave the cold for the vigil and march to Hick's Tract, lead by our incredibly thoughtful Long Hill Boy Scouts, all actions, prayers, deep thoughts, and even good intentions were greatly appreciated. 

 A very big thank you to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, in Stirling, and to All Saints Episcopalian Church, in Millington for their ongoing support of the Bird Family, and for keeping David in their prayers. The good words of Father RIchard and of Mother Vicky have served well to keep us inspired and full of hope in our ongoing search for David.

by Friends of the Bird Family
The PANCAKE BREAKFAST is also on Sunday, January 11th.

by Friends of the Bird Family

The Long Hill Township PBA, Local 322, is generously donating their time and resources to host a PANCAKE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER for the Bird Family Trust.

The delicious event will be held at the Long Hill Township Community Center, Valley Road and South Warren Ave. in Stirling, NJ, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Please bring your appetite, friends, and family!

The second event is a COMMUNITY CANDLE LIGHT WALK AND BONFIRE on Sunday, January 11th, the one-year mark of David Bird's disappearance. Friends, family, neighbors, and supporters will gather at All Saints' Episcopal Church, at the intersection of Basking Ridge Road, and Long Hill Road, in Millington, NJ, at 3:45 p.m., to mark the date, and to recommit the community to finding David. 

Following a brief invocaton, the Boy Scouts will lead us to nearby Hick's Tract for a bonfire vigil to remind us to "keep the light on" for David.

Best wishes for 2015,

Jennie DeMizio

by Friends of the Bird Family
Dear Friends,
     I have to admit that I took a little break from looking at the Bird's fundraising website. I might even owe you a thank you note (I'll get those out in the next few days!). Seasonal holidays, family activities, keeping house and home in order, and maybe just a little denial as well. It's sobering to accept that the one year mark on David's disappearance is less than a month away (January 11th). I think that it is normal to tuck away such an uncomfortable fact, and to "move on" with our lives.
     On a postive note, it was heartening to see how contributions have continued to flow in over the past few months, without any solicitation, and that we hover just under $30,000 in support for Nancy, Alex, and Natasha. It's good to know that people are keeping the Birds in their hearts. I'm going to add a holiday contribution while I'm thinking of it, to see if we can push into the next big figure before Christmas. Thank you to the people in the community who have made sure that there are gifts under the tree for the Birds, and for the ongoing support from the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, the Long Hill Township Public School staff, and others who have continued to make meaninful gestures to the Birds. 
     Sadly, I have no real news to pass along about David. I know that he would have loved to see Alex movingly portray Mr. van Daan in "The Diary of Anne Frank" (he made me cry) at the high school. And David would have certainly enjoyed the recent Central School concert where Natasha stood in the center of the chorus, as smiling,confident, and tuneful as she was tall! 
     Please keep the Birds in your thoughts over the next couple of weeks. It will be another challenging stretch for them to navigate the holidays in his absence.
     All the best to you for a wonderful new year!

     Jennie DeMizio

by Friends of the Bird Family
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by Friends of the Bird Family
Dear Bird Family Supporters,
Nancy's post about David's 56th birthday passing by without him home was a sad reality check. Maybe like you, I have been deep into fall distractions with back-to-school schedules and details, reactivated volunteer commitments, and the array of activities that shape our lives, mostly in good and meaningful ways. So, it was sobering to stop for a moment, and to reflect on what Nancy, Alex, and Natasha continue to endure. Each yearly ritual - birthdays, back-to-school, holidays - is so painful without David. And each one is a woeful milestone for how long they have waited for any sort of lead to where he might be.

I don't think that any of us ever imagined that the mystery of David's disappearance would still be unsolved after 8 months. The end date for this fundraiser has already been pushed out two times times. But given the sitution, I think it makes sense to just keep it going until David is found. The goal is now raised to $50,000, to continue to support the upcoming needs of David's family.

Thanks for reading the update, and best wishes,

Jennie DeMizio

by Friends of the Bird Family
Happy Birthday David

Today, September 6, 2014 is David's 56th Birthday.  Although, he will always remain 55 to me.  I miss him so much and wish I could celebrate this special day with him.  Instead, the kids and I will take a walk in the woods to connect with him.   We all feel lost without him and I don't know how we have made it through the past 34 weeks (239 days) since he went missing.  We don't laugh as much.  I miss David coming to the dinner table every night with an interesting story to share, whether is was something ridiculously funny, something amazing or even reading us a fascinating obituary of someone we never knew about.  David always brought good conversation to the table and made us ponder.  He opened our minds to the world.  I miss that so much.

I wish this update was good news but instead it is a reminder of the good man he is and that he is still missing on his birthday.

by Friends of the Bird Family
Dear Friends,
Today marks 6 months since David has been missing.  Sadly, we don't know anything more today about what happened to David then we did on January 11.  Words can't describe the anguish that Alex, Natasha and I feel.  I can only say "Thank You" for your continued love, friendship and support.  Without it, we would not be getting through this.  Your warmth, kindness and generosity mean so much and we are forever grateful.   Please keep us in your prayers. 

Sending much love and appreciation to each and everyone,
Nancy, Alex and Natasha Bird

by Friends of the Bird Family
Dear Friends of the Bird Family,
     I received the following email from Joan Dunn, an old friend of David's. If any of you have ideas or even sentiments that you would like me to post on the Update, I am happy to send out a periodic Update with thoughts from the community. 

 "I went to college with David, and his disappearance and what it must be doing to his family just breaks my heart. I was wondering if you might consider suggesting to people that they pledge to donate every month until David returns? Even if it was a small amount - say, $10 - if all 209 supporters did that, it would be a couple of thousand dollars a month. Now, hopefully, it won't be even one more month till David returns, but if it does take longer, this might help the Birds with the more practical needs they have. Just a suggestion - I know that it might not work, since it does mean people are saying, "we know this is going to take months...", but I thought I'd suggest it. Please tell the Birds that the first thing I do every morning when I log onto my laptop is to check for updates about David. They are in my thoughts and prayers every day."

Thanks, Joan. : )

And also thanks to some recent donors who just joined our fund drive. Haven't got the "thank you's" out yet. Here's a nice note from the most recent donor, Mark Neumann:

"Dave taught me alot as a fellow journalist working at our college newspaper, the Rider News. Those were great days with him. I hope this helps."

Thank you as always for your resources and prayers,


by Friends of the Bird Family
Happy summer to all of you! I hope that this update finds you with gently sunkissed noses, a bit more exercise and fresh air than in the spring, and maybe even on vacation somewhere with friends or family, hopefully beside a body of cool water.  : ) 

A few weeks ago, I heard a minister speak about the challenge of keeping people in our hearts when their misfortunes persist for extended periods time. It's so hard to stay tethered to a difficult situation, especially when it is not our own. We incline toward pleasure and away from pain - it's just human. But maybe the most difficult part of staying engaged is the question of "what to do" and "how to help?" And when we don't know those answers, we disengage.

These themes were obvious reminders to me about the Bird Family, and how long it has been - 6 months - since David disappeared. School is out for the summer, distractions are few, and I think that this is a fresh chapter of agony for Nancy, Alex, and Natasha as they face another season without David. I don't have any great suggestions about how to help them and how to stay engaged. But I just wanted to remind you to please keep them in your hearts, in your prayers, and in your consciousness from time to time. If you feel moved to send a note or to reach out in some way, I think that the Birds would happily receive your gesture.

I have extended the fundraiser again because it feels like a way to help, if only in a very practical way. 

Thank you for reading the update. I hope that there will not be need of more, except for real news about David's return.


Jennie DeMizio

by Friends of the Bird Family
Here is the most recent Wall Street Journal Article about David, the Bird Family, and the reward that is being offered for information leading to his whereabouts.

by Friends of the Bird Family

$10,000 Reward Offered for Information Leading to the Return of

Missing Wall Street Journal Reporter David Bird


It is Hoped Reward Will Produce Information That Will End Family’s “Agony of Uncertainty”

Witnesses Encouraged to Call Long Hill, NJ, Police at 908-647-1800


Long Hill Township, NJ—(June 11, 2014):  A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the return of missing Wall Street Journal reporter David Bird, who disappeared five months ago while taking a short walk near his Long Hill Township, NJ, home.


The $10,000 reward was contributed by Dow Jones & Co., which publishes The Wall Street Journal and for whom Mr. Bird has worked for over 20 years. Witnesses are encouraged to call the Long Hill Township Police at 908-647-1800. The LHTPD follows up on all leads.*


The 55-year-old Boy Scout leader and marathoner went for a walk the afternoon of January 11, 2014, and has not been seen since. Searchers, rescue dogs, and divers have combed the wooded areas, lakes and rivers near the routes Mr. Bird was known to frequent on his regular hikes and runs, but have yet to uncover any clues to his whereabouts. In addition, law enforcement officials have thoroughly examined Mr. Bird’s financial records, cell phone history, and email and text correspondence and have found no reason to conclude he was involved in anything untoward that would have prompted him to abandon his family.


“There’s no evidence that David was a victim of foul play,” adds family friend and spokesperson Carolyn Buscarino, “but there’s also no evidence he wasn’t. The $10,000 reward is meant to encourage any witnesses who may have seen something to come forward with information that will help end the family’s agony of uncertainty. The Bird family is incredibly grateful to Dow Jones & Co. for its generosity and support.”


Mr. Bird is 6’1” and weighed approximately 200 pounds at the time of his disappearance. He has gray hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a red rain jacket with two yellow zippers, blue jeans and sneakers. He has a distinctive scar, a large inverted Y, on his chest and abdomen, the result of a liver transplant nine years ago.


*  Please note:  The reward shall only be payable to any person or persons for relevant and useful information that leads law enforcement to the location and/or return of David Bird. This reward is limited to a $10,000 total in the event of multiple claimants to the reward. Making a false report to law enforcement is a serious offense that may be punishable by law.



Carolyn Buscarino


by Friends of the Bird Family
Dear Friends, 
     I am so very grateful for your continued prayers, positive thoughts and generous support.  The outpouring of love has given us the courage and strength to endure this nightmare.  The children and I truly appreciate your generosity.  We continue to stay hopeful and faithful that David will be found.  

Nancy Bird

by Friends of the Bird Family
Dear Friends, Family, and Supporters of the Birds,
      Thank you again for your incredibly generous donations. We are less than $1,000 away from our goal, with 7 days remaining. 
     I wish that there was news to offer you about David - but there is none. He has been missing for almost 16 weeks. Holidays, school events, and family birthdays have passed, and David's absence remains a searing and unfathomable mystery for the Bird Family.

     While certain aspects of life for Nancy, Alex, and Natasha must march on - school, meals, laundry, prepping for the SAT's - other facets of life will remain in a state of paralysis until David is found. Although this online fundraiser will "time out" in seven days, it can remain receptive to donations, ongoing. I plan to leave the fundraiser active AT LEAST until David is found, so that contributions can continue. 

     Thank you again for your generosity of spirit and resources,

     Jennie DeMizio

by Friends of the Bird Family
Here's a nice article about David, the search, the community, and the fundraiser on that was published today.

by Friends of the Bird Family
The Long Hill Township Facebook page is now updating information about current search efforts for David. Here is the page:

by Friends of the Bird Family
Here is the March 25th article from the Wall Street Journal about David's disappearance.

by Friends of the Bird Family
Dear Friends,
You have helped raise half of our goal in one third of the time! We have raised $12,522 with 40 days to go. What an amazing outpouring of love and concern for the Bird Family. 

The challenge now is to raise an average of about $312 a day to reach the goal. Please continue to pass along the website information to friends and family who you think might be willing to help out. Every donation counts, no matter how small. Here is the URL for the fundraiser:

I am sad to say that there is no update to offer you on David. The area searches should resume shortly, now that the snow has mostly melted. Hopefully, there will be some news soon.

Thank you again for your generosity, and don't let go of hope for David's safe return.


by Friends of the Bird Family
Thank you Patriots Path Boy Scout Council for your active support by posting the online fundraiser on your website. See what they did:

by Friends of the Bird Family

On Saturday, March 15, 2004, the Berkeley Heights, NJ, YMCA will host an “Exercise Fundraiser” for the Bird Family. YMCA-certified instructors will lead cardio, sculpt and Pilates classes for women at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m., respectively. Participants are asked to make a $25 non-tax deductible donation to the Bird Family Trust and may reserve a spot by contacting Gail Sinnott at Space is limited. 

by Friends of the Bird Family
Here is the link to the Wall Street Journal Article:

by Friends of the Bird Family
Here is the link to the New York Times Article about David's disappearance:

Below is the link to the Echoes-Sentinel (our local paper) article:



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