New York Times Portraits of Grief

David L. Angell

David L. Angell piled up Emmy Awards for his work on shows like "Cheers," "Wings" and "Frasier," but he was known for keeping his heart firmly on Cape Cod and for his closeness to his wife. "Lynn supported him for five years while he wrote and looked for a break," said Sally Reeder, a friend. "They used to say they had one suitcase packed and were ready to return to New England when he finally caught on."

Mr. Angell, 54, wrote compelling scenes, said Tom Reeder, a co-writer on "Cheers." "He picked his spots to say anything very carefully, but more often than not he had the perfect words when he spoke," Mr. Reeder said. And Mr. Angell valued golf performance -- he had a 2 handicap -- over appearances. "He got his golf shirts at Penney's," said Mrs. Reeder. "He didn't care about designer labels."

The Angells, who celebrated their 30th anniversary this summer, had been excitedly watching the last stages of construction of their new home in Chatham, Mass., before boarding American Airlines Flight 11 in Boston to return to California.