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“So lovely to watch "the Dance". The dance i observed, be it partnered with his Carol, his children grand and great, siblings, or friends, judged not...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: PATTI BURKE CUDDEMI - SAUGUS, MA

“I am so sorry for your loss. Pls take care of yourselves > I'm sure he wanted that. Shelley Draperr ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: A friend

“I'm so saddened at the loss of David. I'm so lucky to have know such a wonderful soul. David and Carol opened their home to my partner and I many...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Lorrie DiCesare - Melrose, MA

“David Newell is the father of my sister in law Lori Hopper.All of the times that I spent with him during family gatherings he was always kind, happy,...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Beverly Hopper - Gig Harbor, WA

“Dear Carol and family,We are so sorry for your great loss.As next door neighbors in NH, we shared a love of Lake Winnisquam and many good times -...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Linda/Val Ridlon/Langbehn

“So sorry for your loss. I am sure he will be missed by his many friends and family. ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: diane glionna - Melrose - Friend

“Oh, that smile, that laugh. As neighbors in New Hampshire, we heard and shared it so many times - never dark, always positive, generous kind and...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Chris Crandall - Friend

“He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He was like a second father to me and the closest of friends to my family. His memories will live...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Debora Amara - Portland, OR

“To Carol, Jeff, Lori, Janice and Diane,I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I have many fond memories of time spent with Dave and your family. From...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Dave Johnson - Tyngsboro, MA

“David is such a wonderful man, he has been in my prayers for a long time and will continue until I pass over. David will be missed by so many but...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Shirley Lake - Melrose, MA

“To Carol and the family, my deepest sympathies. We have lost a real gentleman and a great friend. I will miss Dave enormously, seeing him in the yard...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Shane Rice - Friend


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Dave Newell, 85, a longtime resident of Melrose died at home on February 24, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. He enjoyed a full and active life until experiencing serious health issues for the past 3 years. Throughout these struggles, he never complained and always remarked how lucky he was and what a wonderful life he had.

Dave was born in West Roxbury on May 28, 1931. He enjoyed a storybook childhood and married his high school sweetheart, Carol Thoms, at the age of 21. Shortly after marrying Carol he left to serve his country in the U.S. Army in Korea.

Dave attended MIT, URI, and Northeastern for his engineering degrees, and worked his entire career at General Electric in Lynn.

When GE offered an early retirement option at age 59 he took it, and spent the next 28 years traveling and spending time in NH with the love of his life. He had many interests and loved working on house projects, wood carving, and stained glass and hiking in New Hampshire.

Dave was a talented, kind, supportive, patient, and gentle soul. Family was most important to him and he and Carol took their children and their spouses on several memorable trips.

Dave was loved by many and will be missed forever.

Dave was the beloved husband of Carol A. (Thoms) Newell with whom he shared 64 years of marriage. Devoted father of Jeffrey D. Newell and his wife Sue of Auburn, NH, Lori A. Hopper and her husband Chris of Olympia, WA, Janice N. Bissex and her husband Don of Melrose, Diane S. Newell and her spouse Nancy of Beaverton, OR, and the late Denise C. Silvia and her surviving husband Frank of Woburn. Dear brother of the late Ellie M. Newell and Betty Vincent and her husband Paul. Cherished grandfather of Jenna, Julie, Jennifer, Nicole, David, Carolyn, Leah, Haley, Parker, and the late Jake. Loving great-grandfather of Ava, Anthony, Avery, and Adalyn.

Relatives and friends are invited to gather for a celebration of Dave's life at the Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church, 70 W. Emerson St., Melrose on Saturday, March 11 at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dave's memory may be made to Friends of the Fells, 235 W. Foster St., Melrose MA 02176, or to your favorite charity or to support a local musician.