NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — In his opening remarks, Jack Ankerson noted how Dave Rosenfield wouldn’t have wanted his memorial service in a church or a synagogue. His home was at the baseball park, and that’s how friends, family, former managers, fellow employees and fans chose to remember and honor the long-time general manager of the Tidewater and Norfolk Tides.
“This was just perfect today,” said Tides president Ken Young, who was joined by former Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim, and current Pittsburgh Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle, among others.
“He’s honored for his integrity,” said Hurdle, who managed the Tides for two seasons. “He wanted to do right. He made decisions he believed in, he told you the truth, he shared his opinions, there was no gray area with Dave.
“It was black and white. You knew where he stood.”
Rosenfield died last week at 87 years old after heart attack complications. He was instrumental in the building of Harbor Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the Hampton Roads Prostate Cancer Health Forum. They say it was a charity Rosenfield championed after he was diagnosed in 2015.