David L. “Dave” Nocella

October 22, 2020

David L. “Dave” Nocella

David L. “Dave” Nocella – of Woburn, peacefully, October 22nd at the age of eighty-one. Beloved husband of 59 years to Susan E. (McCann) Nocella. Devoted father of David L. Nocella Jr., his wife Brenda of Woburn, Michael P. Nocella, his wife Patty of Gloucester, Kelly A. Preble, her husband Craig of Tewksbury and Stephen J. Nocella of Woburn. Loving brother of Suzanne Nocella of Waltham and dear brother in law of Nancy King and Paul McCann, his wife Mary of Arlington.  Cherished grandfather of Jacquelyn Babb, her husband Brad, Anthony Nocella, his wife Katelyn, Ali and Ryan Celli, Michael Jr. and Nicholas Nocella, Kyle, Connor and Cameron Preble and two great-grandchildren, Jayden and Asher. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. Relatives and friends who feel comfortable are invited to briefly pay their respects on Tuesday, October 27th at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn. Those who are 65 and older or experiencing any health problems are invited to come between 3-4 p.m., with the general public invited between 4-6 p.m. Those attending are asked to enter through the front door of the funeral home and exit through the back door. Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing.  Due to the current health crisis, The Funeral Mass is private.  Burial will take place on Wednesday, October 28th at Woodbrook Cemetery at 11 a.m.  At the family’s request, PLEASE, in lieu of flowers remembrances honoring Dave, may be made to the Woburn Breakfast Lions P.O. Box 223, Woburn, MA or Autism Speaks Inc. 85 Devonshire St 9th floor, Boston, MA 02109.

David L. “Dave” Nocella , a longtime, active resident of Woburn, passed away  at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington Thursday, October 22nd, with his family by his side.  The beloved husband of Susan E. “Sue” (McCann) Nocella, Dave was eighty one years of age.

Born in San Jose, California, Dave was one of two children born of the late Olindo and Blanche (Clark) Nocella.  At the early age of two, the Nocella family moved east to Cambridge, where Dave and his sister were raised and educated.  Dave was a graduate of Rindge Technical High School.  He continued his education at Bentley College in Waltham, where he received his degree in Accounting.  In 1960, he secured a position in the accounting department atNational Research in Cambridge.  Although the company had changed names several times, Dave remained, moving up to the position of Vice President before retiring in 2001 from what was then called HC Starck and was located in Newton.

While in High School, Dave met Sue McCann, also of Cambridge, who became his confidant, best friend and his wife, in 1961.

They moved to Woburn in 1964, where they made their home in the North Woburn section of the city, and have lived there ever since.

Three sons and a daughter blessed their family, and Dave was quite proud of them all.  They travelled as a family over the years and a couple of times from the Atlantic Coast to the Pacific Coast, with many tales still being told!  Together with Sue, Dave was his children and grandchildren’s greatest supporter, attending various sporting events, band concerts, and school functions.

Dave’s position required him to travel outside of the United States annually.  Sue was able to accompany him on many trips.  Sweden, Switzerland, Ireland, London, and Germany were a few of the places they enjoyed.

In the early eighties, their dream of having a home on Cape Cod came true.  They loved the Cape. It was a place where friends and family would join all year round.  After Dave retired, they would spend half the week in Woburn and the other half at the Cape.  It was there that Dave also took up woodworking, set up his “woodworking” shop, and became a master craftsman in making benches, train tables and many other beautiful pieces for family and friends.

Dave also enjoyed working with his daughter Kelly after retiring.   Together they established K&D Associates and worked together doing payroll and accounting for over fifteen years.

Dave was a founding member of the Woburn Lions Breakfast Club.  For the past 36 years, he held every position in this organization. Together with many other gentlemen, they have made it one of the most outstanding organizations in the City.

Dave was also a man of tremendous faith.  He was an active participant of St. Anthony Church,  as a weekly communicant and a member of the finance committee.   Dave was also a strong supporter in the transition of St. Anthony and St. Barbara Collaborative.

Sadly, Dave was predeceased by his parents.

He is lovingly survived by his wife of 59 years, Susan E. (McCann) Nocella; his children and their spouses, David L. Nocella Jr., his wife Brenda of Woburn, Michael P. Nocella, his wife Patti of Gloucester, Kelly A. Preble, her husband Craig of Tewksbury and Stephen J. Nocella of Woburn. Loving brother of Suzanne Nocella of Waltham, and dear brother in law of Nancy King, and Paul McCann and his wife Mary of Arlington.  Cherished grandfather of Jacquelyn Babb, her husband Brad, Anthony Nocella, his wife Katelyn, Ali and Ryan Celli, Michael Jr. and Nicholas Nocella, Kyle, Connor and Cameron Preble and two great-grandchildren, Jayden and Asher. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. 

Relatives and friends who feel comfortable are invited to briefly pay their respects on Tuesday, October 27th at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn. Those who are 65 and older or experiencing any health problems are invited to come between 3-4 p.m., with the general public invited between 4-6 p.m. Those attending are asked to enter through the front door of the funeral home and exit through the back door. Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing.  Due to the current health crisis, The Funeral Mass is private.  Burial will take place on Wednesday, October 28th at Woodbrook Cemetery at 11 a.m.  At the family’s request, PLEASE, in lieu of flowers remembrances honoring Dave, may be made to the Woburn Breakfast Lions P.O. Box 223, Woburn, MA or Autism Speaks Inc. 85 Devonshire St 9th floor, Boston, MA 02109.

Relatives and friends who feel comfortable are invited to briefly pay their respects on Tuesday, October 27th at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn. Those who are 65 and older or experiencing any health problems are invited to come between 3-4 p.m., with the general public invited between 4-6 p.m. Those attending are asked to enter through the front door of the funeral home and exit through the back door. Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing.  Due to the current health crisis, The Funeral Mass is private.  Burial will take place on Wednesday, October 28th at Woodbrook Cemetery at 11 a.m.  At the family’s request, PLEASE, in lieu of flowers remembrances honoring Dave, may be made to the Woburn Breakfast Lions P.O. Box 223, Woburn, MA or Autism Speaks Inc. 85 Devonshire St 9th floor, Boston, MA 02109.

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  1. My condolences to Dave and Mike and their families for the loss of their Dad. Thinking of you at this time. Best, Dana Fowle

  2. Lois and Jerry Surette

    Dear Sue, We are saddened to hear of your husband’s passing.

    May he rest in peace. Fondly, Jerry and Lois Surette

  3. Condolences to the entire Nocella family. So sorry for your loss, the Kelley family is thinking of you all. Rest in peace Dave.
    With sympathy, Erin Kelley

  4. Sue & Family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Dave was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed.

    Lundin’s & McCoy Family

  5. Sue and family;

    Our condolences on the loss of a great man and friend of the family for many, many years! Will miss seeing him at the voting polls! May he Rest In Peace!

    The Contalonis Family (George, Mary and Tommy)

  6. Clifford P Preble

    Sue & the Nocella Family,
    You have our deepest sympathies during this difficult time. Dave was always the consummate gentleman. We will keep the entire Nocella family in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace Dave. The Josephine Preble Family.

  7. Kathleen O'Doherty and Shaheen Mozaffar

    Dear Sue: Our heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. Kathy and Shaheen

  8. Bill and Penny Scire

    To the Nocella family: Numbers 6: 24-26, “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Our thoughts and prayers are with you. the Scire family

  9. Fr. John R Carroll

    My thoughts and prayer go out sue and the family. He was a good and kind person that was so liked and blest. I was so grateful to having known him. May God hold you, sue in Hi hands in the days ahead.

  10. Dorothy Gerrior

    Love and prayers are with all of you. Dave was such a great family man. He is now your special angel watching over everyone.

  11. Sue and family, so very sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. We have lost a dear friend of many years.
    Our heartfelt condolences go out to you in this time of sorrow. You are all in our prayers.

  12. The Breen Family ~ Shiela, Joe, Matthew & Ashley

    Our deepest condolences, we are thinking of you during this difficult time.

  13. Structural Systems

    Kelly, we are all thinking of you at this sad time and sending our deepest condolences. From your friends at Structural Systems

  14. Frank Markiewicz

    Sue and the entire Nocella family, so sorry to learn of Dave’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  15. Tom Sr Pasakarnis

    So sorry to hear about Dave’s passing. Enjoyed working him on the Saint Anthony’s finance council and simply marveled at his ability to just keep going through his long struggle with shingles. May God bless his entire family, especially his dear Sue, with comfort and consolation.
    Tom & Gina Pasakarnis

  16. Dear Sue:
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss of your wonderful husband, David. I am sending prayers for you and your family.

  17. Hi Sue, So sorry to hear about Dave’s passing. A Great Guy if there ever was one! Best to you and family.

    Joe Crowley

  18. Margarette Masotta

    Sue, I am so sorry to read of your husband passing. Please take care of yourself at this difficult time. Sending prayers and thoughts to you. Love Margarette Masotta

  19. Sue, Dave, Mike and family so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. RIP big guy.

    Tim and Kathy

  20. Sue, I am heartbroken for you and your family! My prayers are for Dave and his family and friends.
    Rest in Peace, Dave.

  21. I am going to really miss my best Southern Comfort Buddy. Rest In Peace Dave, God Bless, Jerry

  22. To David,Mike and family ,I am so sorry for the lose of your father.May he Rest In Peace.Always a gentleman.

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