David A.'s Story

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David Alonzo Mears, born September 26, 1921, passed away in his home on Monday, November 6, 2017. He was the loving husband of the late Mary (Ahern) Mears. He lived 96 active, full to the last moment, years.
He was born in Essex, at home, to the late Edward F. Mears and Marjorie (Atwater) Mears. His life began with farming and hard labor of the land. He was a graduate of Essex High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Boston University and worked towards his MBA at Babson College. He became a Certified Public Accountant. While at Boston University, David played tackle on the football team and was a member of the crew team. In 1942 Dave enlisted and earned the rank of First Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. and was soon deployed to Guadalcanal. There, the Sixth Marine Division was formed and deployed to Okinawa. He was wounded May 15, 1945, at the battle on Sugar Loaf Hill and awarded the Purple Heart. The Sixth Marine Division was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, the highest division award possible, for service in the Battle of Okinawa. David received an Honorable Discharge from the United States Marine Corps., with the rank of Captain, in 1958.
On November 27, 1943, he married the love of his life, Mary Ahern. Together they had five children, Walter, Eleanor, Daniel, Louise and Barry. They began their family in Brighton, moved to Winchester and later returned to Essex. His family grew to 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was employed at Flaherty Bliss and Company, General Foods, Beggs and Cobb Incorporated, Gibbs Oil, and EG&G, holding positions of Senior Accountant, Controller and Accounting Manager, and Controller and Auditor, retiring at the age of 72.
David loved the outdoors, down hill skiing, windsurfing, sailing, water skiing, kayaking, clamming and gardening. He participated in activities at the senior center, yoga and other exercise classes. David and Mary square danced with the Shindiggers and other square dance clubs on the North Shore and Winchester area. He belonged to the Otter Ski Club in North Conway and was a life time member of the 70+ Ski Club. He especially enjoyed the youngest members of his family, never missing an opportunity to be with each of them. He was an avid reader, always looking to learn new things. He took care of his body and mind like a precious vessel.
He is survived by four children, Walter G. Mears of Peabody, Eleanor Vyn of Wenham, Louise Mears Lutts and her husband, Richard, Jr. of Haverhill, and Barry M. Mears of Essex; nine grandchildren, Katherine and Mary Vyn, Laura Hart, Cynthia Cutter, Walter D. Mears, Kara Billey, Lauren Mears, Kathryn Lutts, Emily Lutts; and nine great-grandchildren. In addition to his late wife, Mary, he was predeceased by his son, Daniel Mears, and his grandson, Michael Vyn.
We invite you to celebrate his life with us on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church of Essex, 39 Main Street, Essex, MA. Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to Hope for the Warriors, hopeforthewarriors.org; or Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168. To leave a condolence, please visit www.whittier.porter.com.
Published on  November 13, 2017
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