Help David Bird's Family

For: The Bird Family Trust
Organizer: Friends of the Bird Family
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The Story

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

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 29, 2015

Posted on May 29, 2015

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

Posted on March 23, 2015

Posted on March 23, 2015

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.

Posted on March 23, 2015

Posted on March 23, 2015

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:

Posted on March 19, 2015

Posted on March 19, 2015

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

Posted on March 18, 2015

Posted on March 18, 2015

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

Posted on January 22, 2015

Posted on January 22, 2015

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.

Posted on January 5, 2015

Posted on January 5, 2015

The PANCAKE BREAKFAST is also on Sunday, January 11th.

Posted on January 5, 2015

Posted on January 5, 2015


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

Posted on December 18, 2014

Posted on December 18, 2014

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

Posted on October 4, 2014

Posted on October 4, 2014

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