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Retired Chief David R Wagstaff

Thursday, February 13th, 1936 - Sunday, February 9th, 2020
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David Russell Wagstaff, a lifelong resident of Wellesley, passed away at his home, just shy of his birthday on February 9, 2020. He was 83 years old.
Born in Newton to the late John A. and Mary A. (Locke) Wagstaff, he was raised in Wellesley, attended Wellesley High School and served 4 years in the United States Army and 4 years with the United States Marine Corps. At the Age of 40, he graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology. He was a parishioner at St. James the Great in Wellesley and later, St. Julia’s Parish in Weston.
Chief Wagstaff was married to his wife Joan (Tuberosa) Wagstaff for 44 years until she passed away in 2006. He was a firefighter for 36 years and Fire Chief for the Town of Wellesley for 5 years before retiring. He served on the Arson Squad for the Boston Fire Department for 10 years. He was also a carpenter, having done many jobs for Wellesley residents and surrounding communities. He built houses for both of his children. After retirement, he went back to work for Connorstone Engineering of Northborough.
He was an avid scuba diver and a former member of the Boston Sea Rovers.
Dave is survived by his sons, David M. Wagstaff of Greenfield and Matthew S. Wagstaff of Natick. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Helena, Reid and Elizabeth Wagstaff. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday morning, February 15 at 10 o’clock in St Julia’s Parish, 374 Boston Post Road, Weston. Visiting hours will be Friday from 4-8PM in the Henry J. Burke and Sons Funeral Home, 56 Washington St(Rte 16) Wellesley. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellesley.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, February 14th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, February 14th, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Henry J. Burke & Sons Funeral Home 56 Washington St. (Rte 16) Wellesley Hills
  • Service

    Saturday, February 15th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, February 15th, 2020 10:00am
    St. Julia Parish
    374 boston Post Road
    WESTON, MA 02493
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  • Interment

    Woodlawn Cemetery
    148 Brook Street
    Wellelsey, MA 02482
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Ed Cronin

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Ed Cronin Cl '55 and Family. Dave will be missed. I knew him from Perrin School,

Dina iachini

Posted at 09:44am
Uncle David loved sharing his gem collection & built me the coolest doll house/room when I was a little girl. Always seemed to have a joke to share and a Twinkle in his eye. Wrapping my arms around my cousins Matt & David and his grandchildren for strength today and moving forward in life with this loss. I thought of him randomly surrounding the day he passed - I think that was his goodbye.

Joe Doherty Jr. and Family

Posted at 08:44am
Mr. Wagstaff was a great man and a long time family friend. He will be missed.
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