Posted by on September 25, 2011

It is with great sadness that we share that our dear friend David Finley, lighting designer with Disson Skating, passed away on September 22 in Chicago, Illinois after a long illness. Always known for his courageous spirit and creativity, he was an inspiration to those who had the privilege to work alongside him and call him friend.

David Finley

David Finley

In addition to working as lighting designer for Disson Skating, David was resident lighting designer for Pascal Rioult Dance Theatre. He was the lighting director for the Martha Graham Dance Company (1986-1992), Brian Boitano Skating Spectacular, Katarina Witt Divas on Ice and Stars on Ice. He received a Daytime Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Lighting Direction (2001-2002). He recently completed the lighting and design for the Tony Awards Preview Concert for CBS.

“David has been an integral member of the Disson Skating family for over 15 years. His passion and commitment to excellence on our shows was an inspiration us all. He will be greatly missed,” said Stephen Disson, president of Disson Skating. “We know he will live on through all those who had the honor to know David. His spirit will always be part of our shows.” Disson continued, “We will dedicate our 2011/2012 Pandora NBC Skating Series shows to David! His shining light will inspire us forever! “

Lea Ann Miller, long time friend and artistic director Disson Skating asks of all the skaters who knew David “to skate with a light shining from your heart in honor of David Finley.”

Rest in peace, David. Free from all pain, you are in the light now and we will all miss you.

God saw you getting tired
when a cure was not to be
He gently closed your eyes
and whispered come with me
You didn’t deserve what you
you went through and so
he gave you rest
God`s garden must be
beautiful for he only takes
the best
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If you would like to share your remembrances of David, we plan to combine them in a booklet and give it his family – it will be nice for them to see how much he was admired and appreciated.

Lynn Plage

About the Poster: With over 20 years of experience as an event publicity coordinator, Lynn Plage is a well known PR force in the skating world.10 Winter Olympics. She handles National Public Relations efforts for Disson Skating and can be contacted at

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