Lawrence — David W. Berry, 96, of Methuen MA, died peacefully at Nevins Nursing and Rehab Center on January 14, 2013. Born in Lawrence MA, he was the son of the late William E Berry & Mary Ellen (O'Keefe) Berry.
He graduated from St. Patrick and Lawrence high schools. He is a Veteran of World War II and also served in The National Guard. He worked as a pipe and asbestos worker before finally joining the Lawrence Fire Department, where he served with Ladder 9 at Bailey Street for 30 years.
Dave was a member of various organizations in the community including: Men of St. Patrick; MA Fire Associates; The Relief's Inn; Methuen Shuffleboard League; The Salisbury Betterment Associates; The Methuen Bowling League, The Rainbow Club; and Methuen/Lawrence Senior Centers. David enjoyed many hobbies including shuffling, bowling, dancing, and solving the weekly Eagle Tribune mystery picture (which he almost always got right). His favorite activity was walking the shores of Salisbury Beach with his best friend and beloved wife, Claire "Oc". He put his family first (and second), and he made sure we always felt loved and never wanted for anything.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Claire (Ouellette) Berry; his daughter Jo-Ann Keisling and her husband Stephen of Salisbury; his granddaughters Kristen and Lyndsey Tarsia and their husbands Brian and George; two grandsons, James Keisling and Stephen Keisling and his wife Mary; and two great grandchildren, Ashley and Matthew. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Mary Rose Berry.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Friday, January 18, 2013 from 3:00 – 6:00 PM at the Cataudella Funeral Home 126 Pleasant Valley St. Methuen. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at St. Patrick’s Church 118 South Broadway Lawrence. Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, North Andover. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Mutual Relief Association or Lawrence Firefighters Memorial Scholarship Fund, and mail to Charity Committee, Lawrence Firefighters Union Local 146, P.O.Box 533, Lawrence, MA 01840. For directions and online condolences please visit www.cataudellafh.com.