David Yang, 41, of Brooklyn, New York, passed away suddenly on September 26, 2020. Dave was born on June 10, 1979 in Akron, Ohio to Ruey Yang and Julia (Li Ching Chang) Yang. Dave is survived by his beloved wife, Amy Breglio, and their three-month-old son, Luca Yang. He is also survived by his parents, Ruey and Julia Yang of Henderson, Nevada; his brother, Andrew Yang and wife Hana Yang of Closter, New Jersey and their children, Xavier, Xion, and Xella Yang; his aunt and uncle, Gloria and Scott Chuang of Henderson, Nevada; his father-in-law, Peter Breglio of Hebron, Connecticut, his brother-in-law Matthew Breglio of Bronx, New York, and his brother- and sister-in-law, Andrew and Kimberly Breglio of Durham, North Carolina and their children, Thomas and Francis Breglio.
Dave was a talented and passionate musician, and prolific songwriter. As lead singer and guitarist in his former bands, Extra Arms and USVS, Dave played several iconic New York City venues, including Mercury Lounge, the Knitting Factory, the Delancey, and Pianos. He later played several solo shows, including a residency at Pete’s Candy Store. Dave was also a skilled music technician and artistic collaborator, and contributed to several projects, including Craig’s Dream and Night Paving- The Aural History of Jackie 60 and Mother, directed by Rob Roth. In 2020, Dave released a solo album, Is this Constant Distance?, which he edited and produced.
Dave dedicated his career to education and public service. He was a graduate of Binghamton University, State University of New York, from which he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and of Columbia University, Teachers College, from which he earned a Master of Education in Sociology and Education. He began his career as a preschool teacher at the Rita Gold Center for Early Childhood, an experience which he often recounted fondly and informed his later work as a Data Analyst and Research Associate for Edison Learning, Inc., and most recently as Senior Director, Enrollment Solutions, in the Office of Student Enrollment at the New York City Department of Education (DOE). Dave was a force for change and progress at the DOE where he spearheaded the creation of a new student enrollment system for over 1.1 million students with the goal of increasing educational access for New York City parents and students. Dave’s incredible work ethic was an inspiration to his colleagues, and his humor and candor made him a unique joy to work alongside.
Dave was a source of light wherever he went. He was a recognized leader in the Taiwanese American community. He served as a program director, counselor, and leader at the Taiwanese American Foundation (TAF) and later co-founded Taiwanese American Next Generation (TANG), a non-profit organization focused on creating a nurturing community for Taiwanese American youth. Dave had a unique gift with children and was known as “Uncle Dave” to countless young people, including his best friend’s young son, Knox Taglione, with whom Dave shared a special bond. The birth of his son, Luca, in June, brought Dave immeasurable joy and he gave so much of himself to Luca in the incredibly short time they had together.
Dave’s family will be near the Picnic House in Prospect Park in Brooklyn on Saturday, October 3 from 11 AM to 2 PM to receive socially-distanced condolences. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to support Luca’s educational and childcare costs at www.gofundme.com/f/remembering-dave-yang.
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