DAVID CABANISS DORSET

Posted on Feb 06, 2019 - 01:35 PM

David Cabaniss Dorset, 82, of Cobbs Creek, died on Jan. 30, 2019.

 He was born on April 18, 1936 in Richmond. He was the son of Edward Franklin Dorset and Elsie Jennings Dorset. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Call Snead Dorset; a son, Harold Snead Dorset, and a brother, Donald Edward Dorset.

He is survived by a daughter, Dr. Elizabeth Hospodar, and four grandchildren.

He was a graduate of St. Christopher’s School, where he played on its 1953-1954 basketball team, which Coach Petey Jacobs said was the best in school history. The team won the City of Richmond High School Championship with a record of 15 wins and 2 losses, losing only to Petersburg and John Marshall High Schools on the road and beating them at home. He was the captain of the team his senior year. He graduated from Yale University, where he was a member of St. Anthony Hall. He obtained his law degree from the University of Virginia. 

He practiced law in Richmond. and was the Commissioner of Accounts for the Henrico County Circuit Court for 20 years before retiring. He served on the planning commission of Henrico County for six years and was chairman of the county library board for five years. He served as a substitute judge of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court of the City of Richmond. He was baptized and confirmed at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Richmond and a member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church while residing in Richmond. 

Upon moving to Mathews County in 2016, he joined Kingston Episcopal Parish in Mathews, where during a Sunday service before his birthday, he declaimed a portion of Longfellow’s tribute to Paul Revere “on April 18 of 75 hardly a man is now alive.”

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, at Kingston Episcopal Parish, 370 Main Street, Mathews, Va. 23109.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to the Parish or the University of Virginia.    

Faulkner Funeral Homes, Foster-Faulkner Chapel, Mathews, is assisting the family with arrangements.