DAVID ESCAMILLA | JAN. 21, 1954 - MARCH 2, 2013

Hammond man was full of compassion

2013-03-26T00:00:00Z 2013-03-26T23:49:06Z Hammond man was full of compassionBY CHARLES F. HABER Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 26, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The amount of compassion within David Escamilla could be measured by the length of his locks.

"He grew his hair long so that cancer patients would be able to have wigs," said his sister, Maria Gillian.

When it grew long enough, he would cut it so hairpieces could be made for cancer patients to wear.

He would then begin growing it again for the next wig, his sister proudly said.

David Escamilla, 59, of Hammond, died March 2.

He also volunteered at St. Joseph's soup kitchen in Hammond to help with whatever they needed, his sister said.

"His compassion was never limited."

On Sundays, people would visit him throughout the day as he listened to what everyone had to say, Gillian said.

The conversations usually focused on movies and liberal politics with his sisters.

"We'd all laugh about what some politicians would say," his sister said.

Escamilla was there for everyone and was always supportive instead of judgmental, said his niece, Maria Salas.

She said his friends and co-workers repeatedly recalled how he was a good friend and a "go to" guy.

"What this meant was that Uncle David was the same man at work as he was at home."

Gillian said her brother had the best qualities of their parents, Magdaleno (deceased) and Trinidad.

As with Magdaleno, he was a hard working man, Gillian said, adding that he often interrupted his vacations when necessary.

"To him it was no big deal. He was just helping his coworkers."

Like his mother, Trinidad, he always displayed a sunny disposition and never got angry.

"He always welcomed you," his sister said.

He was very generous with his time and support, his mother lovingly said.

"What he valued was the person."

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