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Ocean City Mourns as David Dingwall is Laid to Rest

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- Pews were filled with sadness, tears and Father David Dingwall's favorite color: orange. Close to five hundred people piled into the St. Peters Lutheran Church to say their final goodbyes.

"It's very sad to lose Father David," Sheryl Nottingham, of Ocean City. "I know he would have wanted us to continue on being positive in the community."

Dingwall was 50 years-old. Father Michael Moyer said Dingwall wasn't your ordinary priest

"A priest wearing an earring, Crocs and shorts with his clericals," said Father Michael, of Berlin.

Much of the crowd wore a bright color to celebrate Dingwall's life.

"Orange was Father David's favorite color," said Nottingham. "We are honoring him today by wearing orange to his funeral."

Father David served as the pastor of the St. Paul's By The Sea Episcopal Church for eight years, according to church officials. Those who knew father David described him.

"He was just an unbelievable guy who wanted to help and did everything he possibly could do to help," said Carl Mosley.

"He was not born in a manger," said Father Michael. "He did not change water into wine."

Some people say he was a beacon of hope in Ocean City. He swapped advice and smiles with other religious leaders, and had nothing but good things to say.

Dealing with his death, some folks said, is hard, but dealing with how he died, they believe is just unbearable.

The reverend was trapped in his burning church, before firefighters pulled his charred body from the flames. Those flames were sparked by 56 year-old John Sterner, according to police.

As church members carried Reverend Dingwall to his final resting place, families and friends try to close this devastating chapter of their lives.

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