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David P. Choate Obituary

David P.  Choate
  • A gift in honor of Dave's life:
  • The Sierra Club
    10 Milk St., Ste. #632
    Boston, MA 02108

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“I worked as a young Marine under the leadership of our Great Marine Mr. Choate. I feel very fortunate to have worked and got to know the Marine and...Read More »
1 of 31 | Posted by: MSGT Scott F. Carroll Ret. - MA

“First I would offer my apologies. I did not learn of MSgt Choate's passing till last Thursday at the celebration of the 236th birthday of the USMC....Read More »
2 of 31 | Posted by: Richard S. Churchill GySgt USMC (ret)

“In the past several weeks since David's passing, it is apparent to me that the neighborhood is simply not the same without him. As I walk or drive...Read More »
3 of 31 | Posted by: Mark and Alison Duato - Neighbor

“Laurel and family, I am so sorry to read of David's passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you at this very hard time He was such a...Read More »
4 of 31 | Posted by: Mary Darragh - old neighbor

“Mr. Choate was a very kind and hard working man. He was so patient letting all us teens hang out at his home with his family when we were growing up...Read More »
5 of 31 | Posted by: Robert Murphy

“Our hearts go out to all of you. May you find comfort in the beautiful memories that extend a lifetime. Your tribute to Dave is beautiful, and...Read More »
6 of 31 | Posted by: Dianne & Ron Burson - Melrose, MA

“Very sorry for your loss. ”
7 of 31 | Posted by: Kevin Boyle - Wakefield, MA

“Laurel & Family, I am so sorry to hear of Davids passing. My prayers and thoughts go out to you. Just hold on to all the great memories that you have...Read More »
8 of 31 | Posted by: Beverly (Archacki) Guerriero

“Laurel, so sorry to hear of Dave's passing I am in shock..I am always bugging him to go to the reunion....My prayers and thoughts are with you and...Read More »
9 of 31 | Posted by: Mary Couture Walsh - Wakefield, MA

“Laurel and family we are so very sorry to hear of daves passing he was a fantastic guy and good friend our thoughts and ...Read More »
10 of 31 | Posted by: Anne & John Lloyd - melrose, MA

“My condolences to the entire Choate family I've known Dave for a long time he will be missed ”
11 of 31 | Posted by: Dennis Gorman - MA

“Sorry to hear the sad news. I have done business many times with Dave over the last 25 years and he was always a big help whenever I had an...Read More »
12 of 31 | Posted by: Kevin Lyons - Wakefield, MA

“Dear Jen, Todd and all the Choate family, We are so deeply saddened to hear of your Dad's passing. He will be missed by so many. Accept our...Read More »
13 of 31 | Posted by: Mary & Butch Smith - Melrose, MA

“Dave was the person who gave me the strength and inspiration to straighten my life out. I will miss his support guidance, and his ability to keep my...Read More »
14 of 31 | Posted by: John

“I am very sorry to hear that David passed away. I was friends with Dave in high school an maybe before high school. God, bless you an the whole...Read More »
15 of 31 | Posted by: John Kevin Lavasseur - Melrose, MA

“Laurel, Jen, Mike, Steve & family, I want to pass my deepest condolences for the sudden passing of Dave. I know there is nothing to take away the...Read More »
16 of 31 | Posted by: Andrew Burns - neighbor

“Dear Laurel and family, My heart is broken for the loss of your dear one. I have known David since he was 8 years old, in 1955, the year we...Read More »
17 of 31 | Posted by: Nancy Roth - Melrose, MA

“Laurel, Please accept our heartfelt condolences. We will keep David in our prayers, and will add him to our "attentions book" at our church. God...Read More »
18 of 31 | Posted by: Maryjane & Mike Hawes - MA

“Mrs. Choate, Steve, Mike & Jen, I'm having trouble finding the words to express how so very sad and sorry I am about Mr. Choate. I have so many...Read More »
19 of 31 | Posted by: Scott Dow - South Portland, ME

“Dear Laurel, Steven, Mike & Jen, Being Longtime friends has created many long time memories. May all your happy memories help keep David in your...Read More »
20 of 31 | Posted by: Jack and Donna Hawes

“I spent so much time at the Choate's house growing up I was practically a third son, Mr. Choate was always understanding about all us teenagers...Read More »
21 of 31 | Posted by: Arthur Meuse - Wendell, NC

“Mr. Choate was such a wonderful man! I have so many memories of being welcomed into the Choate's house as a teenager, and going to North Conway to ...Read More »
22 of 31 | Posted by: Nicole Bruno - friend

“Laurel and family, We are thinking of you during this difficult time. Dave was a gentlemen and a good friend. He will be missed by many. ...Read More »
23 of 31 | Posted by: Michael & Eileen Lyle - Melrose, MA

“Laurel, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Dave was a wonderful person and we were happy to have known...Read More »
24 of 31 | Posted by: Michael and Audrey McMahon - MA

“I will always remember Mr Choate as being quietly kind - putting up with all the high school kids hanging out on his front porch all night. I also...Read More »
25 of 31 | Posted by: Eric Hromada - Wilmington, MA

“To Laurel and all, Our memories of David are nothing but fond ones - we were always in awe of his energy, talent, craftsmanship, and friendliness. ...Read More »
26 of 31 | Posted by: Carol Rosseland and John Egan

“Laurel, Steve, Mike, and Jen, I have only fond memories of all the Vine Street Families and you were all such a huge part of that. I am so sorry...Read More »
27 of 31 | Posted by: Jill Rivenburg - Melrose, MA

“You allways knew Daves work was only done one way THE RIGHT WAY thats the way he was when i brought any problem to his shop. This years class reunion...Read More »
28 of 31 | Posted by: John Pike - Melrose , MA

“We were so saddened to hear of Dave's passing. He has been a good neighbor and friend for many years. Our deepest sympathy to Laurel, Stephen,...Read More »
29 of 31 | Posted by: Jeanne and John Ferrara - Melrose, MA

“Thinking of all of you during this difficult time. ”
30 of 31 | Posted by: Heidi (MacDonald) Gagnon - Poland, ME

“Just wanted to extend my sympathy at the sudden passing of David to Laurel, Steve, Mike, and Jen. Love and prayers, Marilyn (Heidi's mom) ”
31 of 31 | Posted by: Marilyn MacDonald - MA


Mr. David P. Choate, a lifelong Melrose resident, died suddenly at home on July 31, 2011, at the age of 64.

David was born on May 30, 1947 in Winchester, one of three children of the late William W. Choate and Mary B. (Burr) Choate.

Raised in Melrose, Dave graduated from Melrose High School and Wentworth Institute with a degree in building construction. In 1969, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp, serving in the Reserves for over 20 years and active duty during the Gulf War. In 1993, he was honorably discharged as a Master Sergeant.

For many years, Dave was the owner and operator of Associated Auto Radiator Co. in Wakefield. He was a member of the Melrose Elks Club, an Amvet member of the Harold O. Young VFW Post #2394, and past president of the Melrose Fish and Game Club.

An inspired craftsman, Dave loved working with his hands. He found his passion in an ability to create something in woodworking, masonry and welding. He also loved travelling, swimming, mountain climbing, boating, the Panama Canal, and chocolate ice cream.

David was the beloved husband of Laurel A. (Christensen) Choate with whom he shared 41 years of marriage. Devoted father of Stephen P. Choate of Wakefield, Michael D. Choate of Saugus, and Jennifer C. Bowdridge and her husband Todd of Athol. Dear brother of Jeanne Yanchurak of Janesville, WI and the late Nancy Lavoie. Dear son-in-law of Ruth W. Christensen of Melrose and the late Albert E. Christensen. Also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral Service to honor and celebrate Dave’s life will be held in the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St, Melrose, on Friday, August 5 at 9 AM. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours on Thursday from 4-8 PM.

Gifts in Dave’s memory may be made to the Sierra Club, 10 Milk St., Ste. #632, Boston, MA 02108.