COL. DAVID F. WALL, USMC (Ret.)

February 19, 2024

COL. DAVID F. WALL, USMC (Ret.)
U.S. Veteran

UNITED STATES MARINES

VIETNAM WAR

COLONEL DAVID F. WALL, USMC (Ret.) – died suddenly, February 19th, at the age of eighty. Beloved husband of Geraldine P. “Gerry” (Palmisciano) Wall. Cherished father of Christopher Wall of Somerset, Jennifer Shelby, her husband Drew of Worcester, Jessica Gallagher, her husband Ryan and Deirdre Ellar, her husband John, all of Lowell. Devoted brother of the late Mary Denise Wall, and Gerard “Gerry” Wall.  Treasured grandfather of Grace and Sophie Wall, Mikaela Shelby, her fiancé Ryan Pivonka, Christopher Shelby, Olivia and Jack Gallagher, and Miles and Leo Ellar. Dear brother-in-law of Susan Wall, of NH.  David is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and his brothers and sisters of the United States Marine Corps. All are welcome to attend his Funeral Mass in St Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, February 29th, at 11:30 a.m. followed by interment and full military honors in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours on Wednesday, February 28th, from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the LYNCH-CANTILLON FUNERAL HOME 263 Main St., Woburn. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Building Dreams For Marines P.O. Box 1704 Nashua, NH 03061, a non-profit organization established to provide life-enhancing home and vehicle modifications to Marines and other service members living with mobility challenges.

Colonel David F. Wall, USMC (Ret.) – passed away suddenly on Monday, February 19th at the age of 80. He leaves behind his beloved and cherished wife of 57 years, Gerry Palmisciano Wall of Methuen, MA, his son Christopher Wall of Somerset, MA, and his three daughters and their families, Jennifer and Drew Shelby of Worcester, MA, Jessica and Ryan Gallagher of Lowell, MA, and Deirdre and John Ellar, of Lowell, MA. He was a cherished and proud grandfather to Mikaela Shelby and her fiancé Ryan Pivonka, Christopher Shelby, Olivia and Jack Gallagher, Grace and Sophie Wall, and Miles and Leo Ellar. He is pre-deceased by his parents Frank and Grace Wall of Woburn, MA, and his siblings Mary Denise Wall of Woburn and Hampton, NH, and Gerard (Gerry) Wall of Woburn, and Salem, NH.

A proud family man, David also leaves behind his nieces and nephews Andrew Wall and Julie (Wall) Couture, Lynn (Palmisciano) McEntire, Jim Palmisciano, Mathew Palmisciano, PJ (Paul) Palmisciano and their beautiful families, his sister-in-law Susan Wall, and his brothers- in-law Bill and Paul Palmisciano and their wives Judi and Jeanne, as well as countless cousins, friends, Hibernian brothers, and of course his fellow brothers- and sisters-in-arms, his Marine Corps family.

Always a man of action and intent, Col. Wall was actively involved in many civic, cultural and faith-based organizations, including the Ancient Order of Hibernians of Manchester, NH, The Wardroom Club of Boston, Building Dreams for Marines, the Rotary Club of Bedford, NH, and St. Francis Parish in Dracut. Throughout the past ten years, he served as a tour leader for Military Historic Tours and conducted excursions throughout several European and Asian countries with deep military war histories. He was an avid civil war history buff, the collector of family genealogy, and he loved to travel.

A proud Woburnite, he attended St. Charles Borromeo for grammar school. He then attended Keith Academy in Lowell before he left home to attend Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH. After graduation, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and attended Officer Candidate School. He and Gerry married in 1966 and immediately moved to Monterey, CA for Dave to attend Vietnamese language school before serving in the Vietnam War. Col. Wall served in active duty for four years and active reserve for 23. He officially retired from the military in 1992.

Although Col. Wall’s life actively involved military service, he spent his professional career as a high-level banking and business executive, holding the positions of vice president, president, and CFO in a variety of industries. David and Gerry lived in several locations throughout their lives, including Washington, D.C, Virginia, Rhode Island, Illinois, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. He obtained his MBA from Bryant College in Smithfield, RI and had a special place in his heart for Newfound Lake, New Hampshire.  

A Funeral Mass will be held in St Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, February 29th, at 11:30 a.m. followed by interment and military honors in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours on Wednesday, February 28th, from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the LYNCH-CANTILLON FUNERAL HOME 263 Main St., Woburn. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Building Dreams For Marines P.O. Box 1704 Nashua, NH 03061, a non-profit organization established to provide life-enhancing home and vehicle modifications to Marines and other service members living with mobility challenges.

All are welcome to attend his Funeral Mass in St Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, February 29th, at 11:30 a.m. followed by interment and full military honors in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours on Wednesday, February 28th, from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the LYNCH-CANTILLON FUNERAL HOME 263 Main St., Woburn. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Building Dreams For Marines P.O. Box 1704 Nashua, NH 03061, a non-profit organization established to provide life-enhancing home and vehicle modifications to Marines and other service members living with mobility challenges.

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  1. John and Joan Wall

    Sincere condolences to Jen and family on the passing of your father David. May he rest in peace. We have lovely memories of your visit to Aghada 2 years ago. He was in such good form and looked so well. It’s very sad news Jen. We’ll keep in touch soon. Take care

  2. WE WILL MISS HIS COMPANY AND HOW FUNNY HE WAS.
    WE WILL MISS HIM CALLING US FISH FACE AND MONKEY FACE
    LOTS OF LOVE FOREVER.
    LOVE MILES AND LEO ELLAR

  3. Dear Family,
    My sincerest condolences and prayers for Dave and the family. I had the very distinct experience of working with Dave for a number of years in banking. He was an unbelievable mentor for me in both finance and family/life matters. He was an exceptional human being with so many qualities and attributes. He will be missed, but also remembered.
    God Bless!

  4. Gerry and Family,, Lots of prayers and deepest sympathy to all. I met Dave in 1961 as we were both incoming freshmen living down the hall from one another. This progressed to various activities through the years. All good and all memorable. Dave was a true Friend, a true American Patriot, and a “Hawk” forever. Marian & Jay Duffy

  5. Dave is one of the finest people I have ever met! A very proud Marine and a very proud member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians! He lived his life by the AOH motto of “Friendship, Unity & Christian Charity”.
    God bless you brother!
    Slainte
    Dan O’Neil/AOH Division One, Manchester, NH.

  6. Pattian Spence-Cox

    So sorry for the loss of your family’s patriarch. May you find comfort in each other as you mourn. My deepest sympathies to all of you.

  7. Sonia & Gary Santos

    Sounds like an incredible man. So sorry for your loss. Keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. 🙏❤️

  8. William (Bill) Chatto

    I first met Dave in the late 60’s when we both had been released from active duty and were assigned to the USMC Reserve Training Center at Field’s Point in Providence, RI. The unit was then the 1st 155mm Howitzer Battalion (later redesignated the 6th Motor Transport Battalion). He was a Captain, I believe, at the time and I was a “lowly” Corporal, but that made no difference (up to a point!) in our relationship. We next met in the mid 80s while he was working at Textron and I was working next door at Amica Insurance. We both happened to be lunching at the former Turks Head Club on the 16th floor of the Turks Head Building. Our paths finally crossed for a third time on November 10th, 2008 at the Alpine Country Club in Cranston, RI for the 232nd Celebration of the Birthday of The United States Marine Corps, an annual function that I was involved in running for nearly 30 years until I retired and relocated to Florida in 2010 for a majority of the year. God’s Speed, Dave. Semper Fi ! Until we meet again….(wjchatto@gmail.com)

  9. I was so sorry to hear about Mr. Wall’s passing. Through the years I have thought about his steadfast encouragement and belief in me at a young age. I will always remember the impact he had on me. You are all in my thought and prayers.

  10. Dave was my manager’s boss at RI Hospital Trust National Bank in Providence, 1981 – 1984. Everyone respected him, he was an honest, principled man. My condolences to his family on your loss.

  11. John and Carol Gallagher

    We were blessed to have shared so many wonderful and happy times together as family with your Dad. We would laugh until we cried sharing stories of family life over the years and always enjoyed hearing about his days at Keith Academy and Saint Anselm’s. A man of honor and dignity, we will always remember David’s deep love for his family, God, his Irish roots, leading military tours to Normandy, Ireland and Viet Nam and his love for the U. S. Marine Corp. His presence in our lives will be forever and deeply missed. Semper Fi, David. May you RIP forever in the arms of the One who loved us first.

  12. Bob & Sandy Polsonetti (Florida 🌴)

    Gerry and Family,
    We had a heck of a time with joy, laughter, challenges but
    always TOGETHER as classmates. Col Dave was a leader and Co-conspirator in our wonderful adventures!
    Our college class would have had much less ‘class’ without Dave for 59 years.

    Our heartfelt sympathy on the loss of this fine man.

  13. David was a personal friend for over 50 years we were neighbors in RI and NH–he was the consummate Christian man–he served his God ,family,country and community with love and devotion–I believe he never met a person he did not like–I was fortunate to be one of those–a true leader and a Marine’s Marine–RIP my good friend–see you on the other side–semper fi–Norm Noel Colonel of Marines(RET)

  14. Patricia Mawn Gooden

    I am deeply saddened at the loss of our cousin David, who called me his cousin from Rottenchestah New Yohk. I spent many many happy. times in the Wall home with David, Denise and Gerry and I cherish those memories ” May he be in Heaven before the Devil knows he’s gone” My phone number is. 352 241 4121 should anyone wish to connect

  15. Julianna LeMieux

    Growing up on Hillside Road, I was incredibly fortunate to have spent a considerable amount of time in the Wall family home where Mr. Wall was always an incredibly warm and welcoming presence. I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts in prayers.

  16. Mr. Wall was very special to our family. He was a true American hero and an inspiration for me to join the Marine Corps. I’ll never forget seeing him running up and down Hillside Dr. In his USMC skivy shorts and T-Shirt. I wanted to be just like him. Just before I went to The Citadel, my father and I came to the Wall house to discuss joining the Marine Corps with him and his Marine buddy who had attended The Citadel. I am grateful to him to his service to our nation and being a great example. Your family is in our prayers. Fair Winds and Following Seas. Semper Fidelis.

  17. We were next door neighbors and grew up with the Wall family, many playdates next to the big trees, waiting at the bus stop, sleep overs, movie nights and so many more gatherings too many to count! The Walls were wonderful neighbors for 20 plus years and Mr. Wall was a wonderful father to his children and devoted husband. My deepest sympathies go out to the entire family as they mourn the loss of this great man.

  18. A close friendship with Deirdre over the last 39 years landed me a spot at the Wall family dinner table many times. These dinners, along with countless sleepovers, Sunday masses, swim meets, and father-daughter dances earned me “honorary daughter” status. I feel so lucky to have known this wonderful man. He leaves behind a legacy of love and family.

  19. Carrie Warren-Belmer

    My heart felt condolences go out to the entire Wall family. While I have not seen them for many years I spent my childhood playing with Jenn while my brother Ken played with Chris. Mr.Wall was always kind, fun and energetic. I am so sorry for your loss but know even 40 years later his kindness and spirit left a lasting impression.

  20. Dear Gerry and Family. I want to offer my Sincere Sympathy and Condolences on David’s “passing”. In the few years I knew him, I enjoyed our talks, and his gentleman demeanor. He is a Hero for his Service with the United States Marine Corps, and was one of the reasons that we in the United States enjoy Democratic Freedom. I hope that your large number of family and friends will provide you support during this difficult time. If there is a consolation, David is in a better place, and you will all be together again in a future time.
    God Bless and Prayers

  21. David Wall has left an exemplary legacy in his dedication to family, faith, and duty. My heartfelt sympathy to the Wall Family.
    Kay (Volpicelli) Dillon

  22. A shocking loss to all who knew him. Heartfelt condolences to the Wall family.
    Rest in peace, Marine, and Semper Fidelis. We’ll see you in Valhalla.
    Ed Coyle, Col. ,USMC(ret.)

  23. Christina G Volpicelli

    We are saddened to hear of Mr. Wall’s passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. 🕊️ With heartfelt sympathy, Christina Volpicelli

  24. I was shocked and truly saddened to hear of David’s passing. I can’t stop thinking of you all. I’m sure you’re supporting each other as you grieve his loss. He was a true family man, and that’s a wonderful legacy.

  25. My deepest condolences to your family. Thinking and praying for you all during this difficult time.

  26. Gerry and family,
    Please accept our expression of deepest sympathy. You are all in our prayers.
    Ed & Marilyn Welz, Bay City, MI

  27. Our heartfelt sympathies are with you and your family at the loss of your beloved husband, David. He was a kind and thoughtful man. He will not be forgotten.
    “Those we love don’t go away,They walk beside us everyday,
    Unseen, unheard but always near, Still loved, still missed and very dear.”
    With love and prayers, Barbara and Don Emerson

  28. Fr Bill Waters, OSA

    Gerry, I cherish many good memories from college and 59 more years of an outstanding person of faith, dedicated American, and committed husband, father and grandfather. Please be assured of my prayers and remembrances. Fr. Bill Waters, OSA

  29. Dear Jen- I am so sorry for your loss. At knitting club, we all watched as you lovingly knit and re-knit the sweater for your Dad. Your love and dedication toward him was obvious. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    -Marcie Donahue

  30. Deepest condolences to the entire Wall family! I echo Jeff Moore sentiments to our brother Marine. Semper fidelis, Jack McMahon, Lt Col., USMC, Ret.

  31. I was so devastated to hear of Dave’s passing. I had the pleasure of spending wonderful times with him, Gerry, and the whole family. It is a profound loss, and I send my deepest condolences to the family and everyone who loved him.

  32. Jodie Lynn Marinosci Smith

    My heart goes out to you Gerry and the family 💜 please know you all are in my thoughts🙏

  33. Maryann and Bud Watson

    We will pray for you, Gerry, for your family and share in the grief of your loss of Dave.

  34. Semper Fi Dave. You are going to missed by many friends, as well your many brother Marines. I for one considered you a good friend over the years we served together. Let us not forget our fallen brother, but remember him always for he has earned our respect, and admiration with his life. We knew him, and we remember, and he will not be forgotten. LtCol. Jeff Moore, USMC (ret)

  35. I was so sorry to hear that the Wall family had lost their wonderful Dad. My heart aches for all of you. Please always keep his memory alive. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at such a difficult time.

  36. I offer my sincere condolence to the whole Wall family on the death of David.
    He was a wonderful person and I am still grateful that I bought the Wall family home on 7 Ingalls Street many years ago.
    I will keep everyone in my prayers during this difficult time.

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