David Otis Wells

8 octobre 194931 août 2021

David Otis Wells, of Niantic, passed away on August 31, 2021.

He was born on October 8, 1949, in New Kensington, PA, the son of William A. Wells and Mable E. (Watt) Wells.

David was a veteran of the US Navy and had many stories about his travels while serving. He worked at Electric Boat for 27 years in both the foundry and planning departments.

He enjoyed sailing with his friends, golf and following the UCONN women’s basketball team. His pets were a very important part of his life, and he spent many days walking his dog to the beach. But most of all he loved his family and just being with them. His heart was full of love and he loved big.

David is survived by his son Noah Wells and his wife Jennifer of Niantic; grandchildren Jacob David and Emily Lynn Wells; and his brother James Wells of PA. He was predeceased by his son Ethan Wells and his brother William Wells.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, September 11th from 1-3pm at Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 13 Lake Ave., Niantic. Burial at sea will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the CT Humane Society.


  • Calling Hours

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David Otis Wells


Andrew Olczak

17 septembre , 2021

Dave was definitely one of the good guys. RIP

Lori Angeloff

11 septembre , 2021

Dave, I didn’t get to say goodbye! So sail on my friend and Rest In Peace, 25 years ago we became accidental neighbors and friends ever since. We started GNH beach volleyball games together, became groupies for the Convertibles and all the parties! Such fun we had. You’re a character with great hugs and kindness in your heart. I miss you already. I loved that you thought of me ‘as your little sister’, I will never forget you. Love always to you, Noah and family❤️ Lori Angeloff

Scott P

7 septembre , 2021

It was a pleasure working with you Dave. Dave was retired from EB, but not forgotten.

Rest in Peace... My condolences to the Wells family.

Anthony Breznican

3 septembre , 2021

I was a friend of his sons, Ethan and Noah, and Dave truly was a big bear of a guy with ferocious heart to match. He was always a good sport when we kids would joke with him, but I also got to see another side of him as I got older, especially after Ethan died.

I was a senior in high school then, and a few months after Ethan's death, I happened to get the lead in the spring musical. This was in Pennsylvania, and the Wells family lived in Connecticut, but despite that long distance, Dave made the drive for opening night, sitting in the theater to watch his son's friend in "Man of La Mancha." Afterward, I remember leaping off the stage instead of going out the back way. Dave moved up to the front, and we threw our arms around each other and just sobbed our eyes out. Of course, it wasn't about the play. It was about who wasn't there with us anymore.

Dave sent a beautiful letter when I graduated from college. He sent another when I got married. I saw him a few years ago when I was visiting Connecticut, and we had dinner, reminiscing about Ethan, Noah, and the old days. He mentioned the musical scholarship he had set up for students in Ethan's high school, and how after 20 years he was planning to end it. There was no one at the school who remembered Ethan, he said. No teachers, no administrators. Everyone had moved on, and he decided he should do the same. He kept the memory going for as long as he could.

I remember. I always will. I hope there is a place where Dave and Ethan find each other again, and that they are sharing the kind of relentless hug we had all those years ago.

Melanie Mitesser Smith

2 septembre , 2021

Dave ("Orange") was a very special friend from our Washington Township High School days.
God bless his family...he will be missed by many!
Melanie Mitesser Smith ("Kiddo")