David Bishop

Obituary of David T. Bishop

David T. Bishop, formerly of Syracuse NY and a former legislator representing the City of Rochester, MN in the House of Representatives, died August 3, 2020, at the age of 91. He was a high-energy, independent-minded lawyer whose tireless efforts to help people benefited the city and state as a whole. Dave was born in Syracuse, NY to Elva (Tyre) and Wesley M. Bishop. He graduated from Nottingham High School, Hamilton College and Cornell Law School. He married Beatrice Habberstad of Rochester, MN. After graduation from law school, Bishop moved to Minnesota and became a partner in the Pemberton, Michaels, and Bishop law firm. He later moved into the real estate business before launching his political career in 1982. Bishop ran as a Republican and was elected to represent Rochester in the Minnesota House, which he did for the next two decades until his retirement from state legislature in 2002. As a legislator, Bishop called himself a member of the "bridge-building caucus." He chose to make cross-party cooperation his norm while occasionally demonstrating partisanship--rather than the other way around. Known for his sense of humor and his ability to see all sides of every issue, Bishop earned respect from both parties along with that of the citizens of Minnesota whose praise meant the most to him. His experiences and stories culminated in the book he authored, "Finding Common Ground-The Art of Legislating in an Age of Gridlock". After his retirement, the Bishop's enjoyed traveling the world and spending time with their 5 children, 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren at their lake home in Wisconsin. Following Dave’s death, his wife of 66 years died December 6 and his sister Mary Lou Bishop Dopyera of Syracuse, died December 18, 2020. Bishop is survived by his large family and nieces Barbara Dopyera Daley, Syracuse and Suzanne Dopyera Kuntz, Ithaca, and their children Megan, Bryan and Cameron Daley; and Elizabeth, Emily, Jessica, and Sarah Kuntz. He was predeceased by his niece Caroline Dopyera.
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