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David F. Elwell

David F. Elwell, 95, long time resident of Essex Park Road, Essex, and  husband of the late Margaret I. (Thomas) Elwell, died Tuesday, December 13, 2011 in the Seacoast Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Gloucester following his long illness.

Born January 17, 1916 at his present home on Essex Park Road, known then as the Burnham Place, home  to his late parents Zeno and Edna W. (Burnham) Elwell. David was raised in Essex, a 1934 graduate of the Essex High School and a 1937 graduate of Essex Agricultural & Technical School.  

As a young man he worked his fatherís farm on John Wise Avenue known today as the Giddings Farm.  Upon the passing of his father he moved to Western Avenue known today as Essex Park Road and worked his motherís farm until he retired from farming in 1965. He went on to work  at the Ipswich Dairy and then West Lynn Creamery  from which he retired  in 1981. In the following years he worked at the Essex Richdale until he had to stop to care for his wife.

David will be long remembered for his great smiles and enthusiasm. He  was active with the Seniors Council on Aging  enjoying  their many trips and line dances.  He   was a daily regular,  making sure that the coffee was made upon the arrival of others.  He stopped going down on a regular basis at the age of ninety-three but still went to their luncheons and  still enjoyed going out to lunch at the various area restaurants.

David has been a member of the First Congregational Church in Essex since 1932, a member of the Essex Grange #381 where he and Margaret married in 1941, Essex Council on Aging  and  was a past member of the Essex Lions Club.

He is survived by  his daughter Dorothy Elwell of Essex; granddaughters Paula Johnson of Essex and Patricia Brown wife of Christopher Brown of Gonic, NH; great- granddaughter Miranda  Ashley James Johnson of Salisbury; great-grandson  Andrew James Manual Brown of Gonic, NH; many nephews and nieces and his  best friends Brian Browning of Essex and  Richard Hopkins of Topsfield whom was like a son to him.  In addition to his wife David  was  predeceased by his brother Gilman Elwell; half sisters  Mary Lillis and Elizabeth Fuller; sister-in-law Francis Elwell and sons-in-law James Blaisdell and Stephen Brown..

His funeral service will be held 10 am Saturday, December 17, in the First Congregational Church of Essex, followed by interment in the Spring Street Cemetery, Essex. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Friday 4 to 8 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to First Congregational Church of Essex, 39 Main Street, Essex, MA 01929.


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