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 Subject : Dave.. 01/16/2014 04:38:29 PM 
Kenneth Walter
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We can share stories, upload photo's and other material to share with other members as we try to recover from the loss of a good friend.

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 Subject : Re:Dave.. 01/16/2014 08:01:21 PM 
Keith Hollen
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Just as many are I am also in shock...like its not real...When first happened it seemed he was going to be ok and he even sent email to our QC Meetings list serve about the SCALI Training Class. I sent him one later joking around and now I regret that. I am so sorry for that and did not know this was going to happen. I had known of Dave for many years, saw at Hit The Hill, he helped us serve papers in Columbia area from time to time but did not get to really start to know him until about this time last year. When he came on as a speaker at the Summit we would exchange emails all the time. I thought I would get on his nerves but he would always respond to me. I would send something late night and early morning have a response. If I had question or needed something there he was for me...He supported me and EEIG on things we would do in our area and even discussed a future small group workshop with him. I so wish we would be able to do this workshop. I did not know him long but the time I did he made an impact in my life and my heart. I am going to post some photos of him speaking at the Summit. I am not sure but this might of been last time he spoke at event. I will miss you Dave so very much.

 Subject : Re:Dave.. 01/16/2014 08:03:41 PM 
Keith Hollen
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 Subject : Re:Dave.. 01/16/2014 09:09:24 PM 

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Still so hard to believe this. He touched so many lives in so many ways. Dave was warm hearted, and caring man. He has worked with our office at the Lexington County Public Defender's Office for many many years. Over the years Dave taught me how a "real investigator" works. The memories will remain of a good man who used his time wisely. He leaves behind a good lifetime and those who knew him will remember him as a person of worth. He will really be missed.
 Subject : Re:Dave.. 01/16/2014 09:28:34 PM 
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Dave and I first met over 25 yrs. ago. He was one of those rare people who combined personal friendship and professional mentoring/friendship and he was loved and respected everywhere he went. He made life easier for us professionally by keeping us informed of legislative decisions. He cared deeply for our profession and Association and for many years ran the Basic PI course offering so much help to those new to our profession. I cannot imagine my life or the life of SCALI without him. I am still shocked by his death and yet reminded that none of us know when we will go. Touching lives is how I will remember him. He touched more than any of us could know and perhaps will only realize now that he is gone. I will remember all the times we were around each other, perhaps most the Hit the Hill events and his unique and irreplaceable way of representing SCALI.

To Margaret, my thanks for sharing him and for being such a great companion to him. When he found you we all saw the difference you made in his life. He was a happy man and lived life to the fullest. I suspect he will do the same in heaven. My thanks to you Dave. I love you. Vicki

 Subject : Re:Dave.. 01/17/2014 10:29:36 AM 
Bob Joseph
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I am at a loss for words........Dave was the person everyone wanted to know and Dave wanted to know everyone. I do not believe that he had any enemies. He was always kind, thoughtful and the PI's best friend. He was the ultimate PI educator. It was his passion. The "Basic Training for Private Investigator Program" was his baby and he was proud of it. Dave was the ultimate educator as he believed that education and professionalism goes hand-in-hand.
Dave was not only serious but also funny. He could tell jokes like the next sailor. He always smoked his trademark cigar in the eveing after a day at a conference and he always had enough cigars for folks to smoke one with him.
Dave will be missed. SCALI will never be the same.
Bob
Last Edited On: 01/17/2014 10:31:08 AM By Bob Joseph
 Subject : Re:Dave.. 01/17/2014 11:28:04 AM 

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As most of us at the Lexington County Public Defender Office, I knew Dave on a professional level, and he excelled at his profession. He could take a case and run with it, often giving us valuable suggestions about possible tracks to check out that we had not thought of. It was a hand-in-glove relationship and his product was always top notch, from witness profiles to courtroom testimony and everything in between. But the most lasting memory I will have of Dave is his larger than life personality, and his ability to connect with anyone he came into contact with on a personal level. He was fun to be around, and always had a smile on his face. It's way too obvious to say, but I'll say it anyway: there was only one Dave MacDougall and he set the standard for everyone else. I will miss him on so many levels.
 Subject : Re:Dave.. 01/17/2014 02:09:22 PM 
Joseph W. Dorton
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I knew Dave MacDougall almost twenty years. Shortly after I became captain of the Regulatory Services Unit at SLED, Dave contacted me to acquaint me with the professional organizations in South Carolina that represented private investigators. He continually discussed the need for SLED to do things that would promote professionalism in the PI business. His intelligent reasoning and professional approach to his business caught my attention. He introduced me to Bob Joseph and others who were like-minded and I began to understand how a professional and ethical PI should operate their licensed business. We held a series of meetings that ultimately produced updated law and regulations setting standards for operation of PI businesses. Dave, Bob and some others agreed that SLED was spending too much time, money and effort chasing unscrupulous operators who were harming public and law enforcement (and SLED) perceptions of the profession and that something should be done about it. Dave enjoyed much credibility with legislators and, with his help, the new laws and regulations passed the SC General Assembly. Active enforcement by SLED followed, with Dave as "chief cheerleader", and the PI profession is now judged differently by everyone. Dave and I became friends and, traveled together to major league ballparks across the country, where, in spite of my wishes, he attracted much attention by wearing his stupid little plastic baseball cap. It got him a ballpark appearance on national TV, seen live by his mother at her home near Boston. The world is changed now because he's gone. As you can tell, I miss his friendship already. As a group, SCALI members will miss his prestige, involvement and friendship more than is now apparent.

Joe Dorton
 Subject : Re:Dave.. 01/22/2014 01:29:45 PM 
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Like many young career police officers, my original perspective regarding PI's was not a very complimentary one. With accumulated experience and wisdom, and then having retired officer friends become PI's, my opinion of PI's improved accordingly. Having now been a full-time PI these past 4 1/2 years, I remain impressed by the overall professionalism of our industry and sincerely believe that SCALI has no doubt contributed significantly to my humble conclusion in this regard. And I have even less doubt about the contributions Dave MacDougall has made to the effectiveness of SCALI and to the Private Investigation business as a whole. It is very clear in my mind, and I and would be surprised if many others did not agree, that Dave MacDougall was the State of South Carolina's MVPI (Most Valuable Private Investigator)!!! I am also quite sure that all would agree that anyone fortunate enough to develop a personal relationship with Dave MacDougall came to love Dave MacDougall. I have no greater compliment to give to anyone. Sincerely, Bill Frontz
 Subject : Re:Dave.. 01/22/2014 02:01:27 PM 
Michael Spane
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I first spoke with Dave back in 2005 and wanted to know how to get "Connected" with the PI community. Dave showed me the way and I have not looked back since with his help and the help of SCALI. The last time I saw Dave was on December 13, 2013 at my office. He had called me and wanted to know if I could go to lunch with him. I was having my company Christmas get together and had plenty of food and drink so he stopped by and spend a couple of hours eating and shooting the breeze. The last time I spoke with Dave was Christmas Eve. He was of course in the hospital and sounded a little groggy. I did call him the day after Christmas and he seemed a little better and still had his sense of humor. I wished him well. I miss Dave. God has him know. Take care my friend. God Bless Margaret and be well.

Michael
 Subject : Re:Dave.. 01/22/2014 04:17:24 PM 
Donna Maranto
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I was quite shocked and saddened when I learned of Dave's passing. I will miss him at our conferences. I remember the first conference I attended, I was nervous and sitting on the front row. I had probably only spoke to a couple of people I had met. He came up and sat down beside me. Then in his soft voice - - LOL NOT - - in his loud and excited voice said while extending his hand towards me, "Hi, I'm Dave MacDougall....and who might you be?" I replied with my name. He asked where I was from and I told him. He continued to talk and made me feel quite welcomed and I began to feel like I was a part of a good group of people.

But what I remember the most about this day is this......every little bit he would say with a smile on his face, "Donna, what did you say your last name was?" So.... I started answering him...."Dave McDonald, I'm Donna Maranto". He would just start laughing. This happened 3 or 4 times during the day. By the end of the day when he told me to have a safe trip home, he called me by my name. I say, "Thanks so much Dave McDonald....I will see you at the next conference." He just started laughing..... Dave, I will miss your smile and great stories of your experiences. Thanks for all that you have done for SCALI and the sacrifice you gave of your time in being a great leader of "Hit the Hill"

Donna Maranto
 
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