David E. Makela, Sr.

Born: Thu., Nov. 2, 1950
Died: Sun., Jun. 12, 2016


9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Tue., Jun. 14, 2016
Location: Valley Chapel

Funeral Service

12:00 PM Tue., Jun. 14, 2016
Location: Valley Chapel

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Douglas-David E. Makela Sr., 65, passed away on Sun. June 12 at the Rose Monahan hospice home in Worcester after a brief illness. He was pre-deceased by his wife of 28 years Nancy (Thibodeau) Makela. David is survived by his 3 children, David E. Makela Jr., and his wife Kari of Douglas, Sara Harrington, and her husband Jeffrey of Douglas, and Daniel Makela, and his girlfriend Crystal Roderigues of Worcester; 13 grandchildren, and 1 great grandson; his brother Richard Makela of Winchendon; his sister Dorothy Valley, and her husband Paul of Hubbardston; his Aunt Doris Hendrickson of Gardner, and 5 nephews. Born in Gardner, MA on Nov. 2, 1950 he was the son of Kauno, and Pauline (Allard) Makela. David spent most of his youth in Hubbardston, MA, and lived in Whitinsville, MA for most of his adult life.
     David was a self employed Master Carpenter, and Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, during the Vietnam Era where he achieved the rank of Corporal. He was very musically inclined, and enjoyed playing his guitar's, and writing music.  A very talented craftsman, and appreciated the art of woodworking.  He enjoyed Rally cars, and was an avid Red Sox fan.  Dave was a very faithful man, and was an active member of Valley Chapel in Uxbridge, MA. He enjoyed the church fellowship, and played in a band “God’s Garage”.  
     His funeral service will be held on Tues. June 14 at 12:00 p.m. in the Valley Chapel, 14 Hunter Rd., Uxbridge.  Burial with full military honors will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery.  Calling hours at Valley Chapel will be held on Tues. June 14 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Dave’s memory may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168,  Boston, MA  02284.  To leave a condolence message for the family, please visit www.jackmanfuneralhomes.com

Charitable donations may be made in David's memory to the following organization:

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284

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Kate Cote
   Posted Sun June 12, 2016
I was one of the Monday night prayer ladies who prayed for Nancy throughout her illness. After she passed I continued to pray for Dave. While I only got to see him at Douglas Camp, I remember him faithfully helping in the dining hall. Last year after a sing along at the camp fire, I asked him to give my cat Kiki and I a ride back to my car which was parked on South St. It was a ride that Kiki and I will NEVER forget. Kiki's eyes were huge for days afterwards.

I'll really miss seeing him at camp in a few weeks, although I know he's at the Mansion with JESUS. He was a faithful, humble man.

Mr. & Mrs. Fox
   Posted Mon June 13, 2016
We are so very sorry to hear about Dave's passing. He was such a special man and we were so blessed to have been able to know him. Charlie speaks fondly of Dave often when sharing stories about fencing and making furniture together. Comfort is found in knowing that he is with God now and at peace.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Charlie & Kelley Fox

Becky O'Neill
   Posted Mon June 13, 2016
I would like to say that I am so very sorry for the loss of Dave. I/we (my family/parents) were neighbors for quite some time and am very saddened to see that he passed on. I will pray for all of you in your grief.

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