David C. Flatau, 57, of Sherman, died suddenly April 29.

He was born March 6, 1956, son of Sara Cummins Flatau, of Silver Spring, Md., and the late Jack Flatau. He grew up in New Fairfield, moving to Sherman in 1986.

He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor's degree in political science. Just a few short years after college graduation, he became the successful owner of his well-known bridge and fence construction company and a member of the local business community.

He was known to love life. People greeted him with the happiest smiles and warm words. He cherished the earth and loved to gaze at its beauty. He had a child-like wonder about the world around him and shared his passions with abandon.

He had a vivid imagination and was creative. His creativity ranged from decorating his nearly constructed swimming pool with Nemo wallpaper to envisioning the area's most beautiful golf course, Bull's Bridge, to building his beautiful home that he loved dearly.

He was known to be a generous and good man who was prone to random acts of kindness just to see people smile. He was kind to all and treated everyone with respect, no matter who they were or where they came from.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a son, Tyler; his sisters, Jane Ross, of New York City; Alison Flatau, of Potomac, Md.; and Linda Mittel; and his love, Nancy Stein; and dear friends Bill and Corinna Hettinger.

A celebration of David's life will take place at a later date.

The Lillis Funeral Home in New Milford was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice.