David L. Mead beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-father passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 surrounded by his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years Edith, five children Nancy, Jeffrey, Linda (Hans-Joerg), Robert (Laura) and Scott (Lisa), nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many dear friends.
Dave was born in Framingham, Massachusetts on November 10, 1928, spent his youth playing sports including football, lacrosse and ice hockey. He majored in Mathematics at Oberlin College in Ohio where he also played on the Lacrosse team. Following graduation in 1950 he trained as a pension actuary with Lincoln National, spent 2 years of service in the Army stationed in Washington, D.C. as a crypt analyst and then started his career in the Insurance and Pension business. He eventually formed his own company D.L. Mead & Associates in 1970 helping many people to plan their financial futures.
As luck would have it, during his time in the Army, a fellow Framingham High School alum Edith Anne Pennucci came to the DC area to work at the CIA. They met and these 2 displaced New Englanders ended up getting married and spending the next 63+ years together raising a family of 5 kids. It was during these years that they became faithful members of the John Calvin Presbyterian Church, where all 5 children and 1 grandchild were baptized and a daughter was married. Dave sang in the choir for all of those years and served on the Session.
Throughout his life he continued to be active in sports and was actively involved in his childrens’ and grandchildrens’ sporting events as well. He and Edie enjoyed skiing, playing tennis, swimming and boating together and with their children and grandchildren. He also played chess and hours upon hours of card games.
Dave and Edie also loved to travel, especially to Greece to visit their daughter and grandchildren there. They have been all over the world and thanks to his photographic talents have wonderful documentation of it all. Dave loved photography and often said that if he hadn’t had his own business he would have become a professional photographer.
Dave was always generous and kind, helping those in need, a caring, loving, hardworking, fun-loving man who put his family above all else. We will forever cherish our memories and remember with tenderness and joy his spontaneous outbursts of song and dance.
Dave, Dad, Grampy…. You are so loved!!!
Visitation at Advent Funeral Home, 7211 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA on Friday, February 3 from 4 to 8 pm. Memorial Service, John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 6531 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA on Saturday, February 4 at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to John Calvin Presbyterian Church.