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Doane Beal & Ames

160 West Main Street, Hyannis, MA

OBITUARY

David Paul Munsell

June 22, 1936October 6, 2019

David Paul Munsell passed away Sunday, October 6th 2019 at home surrounded by his family after battling a lengthy illness.

He was born in Springfield Massachusetts on June 22, 1936, the son of Lester and Olive Munsell. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Noella (LaBelle) Munsell, his brothers Frank and William and his sister Suzanne Burt. He leaves behind a loving family: daughter Diane and Daniel Miller, son David Jr. and Diane Munsell, daughter Annemarie and Michael Allen, son Thomas and Leslie Munsell, daughter Mary Munsell. He was blessed with 18 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

He built a career in home construction, remodeling and home inspections. He was a respected and active member of the community. Dave was a volunteer fireman and also served on the Town Of Barnstable Planning Board for ten years. He was a strong advocate for the mental health community working with NAMI for many years.

He was loved by many and will be greatly missed. Visiting hours will be at Doane, Beal & Ames Funeral Home in Hyannis from 4-8 pm Friday, October 11th. Funeral mass will be Saturday October 12th 1130 am at Our Lady of Victory Parish in Centerville. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Make-A-Wish America, (Wish.org).

Services

  • Visitation Friday, October 11, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, October 12, 2019
  • Burial Saturday, October 12, 2019

Memories

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Lori Lathrop

October 13, 2019

So sorry to hear of David’s passing this morning when my mother called to tell me of the announcement at church! He used to take me boating to go clamming across Millway beach on the marshy Sandy Neck side of the water - I don’t know if he wanted company or the extra hand harvesting but I loved it! He was always teasing me and making me laugh! I loved him - he was part of the family I chose for myself! Later in life I would bump into him during a walk and we were like old friends chatting, catching up, so happy to see each other! He will be missed my world is a bit dimmer this morning!! condolences to the entire Munsell family!❤️ Lori Lathrop

Martha (Kitts) Grammer

October 11, 2019

Julie, Jenny and I have always felt so blessed to be an extended part of the Munsell clan. We loved visiting the Cape and Uncle Dave always made it such an adventure for his “southern” girls. He was so loved by my Mom and Dad- my mother was so proud to be a part of the Munsell family. We loved surprising him for his 80th Birthday celebration and will forever cherish our memories of him. We love you always. The Kitts girls❤️

Matthew Miller

October 11, 2019

You will be missed. Sending our love.

Mary Cahoon

October 10, 2019

Dear Noella,
It's been so many years since I left the Cape. I was so sorry ti learn of Dave's death but so happy he had his family and was surrlunded by love. Pleae accept my most humble sympathy on your loss. David was such a special man, kind, loving and totally devoted to his family.

Alexis Munsell

October 10, 2019

I am going to remember your undeniable Munsell humor, your true love for your family, and your outgoing energetic spirit that I admire even when we all asked you to take it easy. I am going to cherish those amazing memories of those summers when I got to visit you and those two years when we were only a town apart. I will always remember how you taught me how to go clamming, what the game ‘pies’ was all about, how you drove my siblings and I around on the tractor, and how you would be the ‘vacuum’ after every meal by finishing up the rest of our uneaten food. I love you so very much papa and I wish I could of visited you more these past few years!! You will always be in our hearts❤️

Cheryl (Burt) Valletta

October 10, 2019

I will always cherish the memories of summer time family reunions on the Cape. The hours that were put into preparing the fire pit filled with seaweed and all the clams, lobster, potatoes, and corn that we would enjoy. As well as Swimming in the pool and spending time with all the cousins!
Mom really looked up to her big brother/hero! He will be greatly missed and the lifetime of cherished memories will be a comfort in the coming days. We love you Uncle Dave.❤️

Bob and Nonee Jackson

October 9, 2019

We cherish the years that Dave was our neighbor "down the lane". Our deepest sympathies to Noella and to his children and grandchildren.

Kathy and Steve Catania

October 9, 2019

We are very sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. I worked with him for many years when I was a Realtor. He was an honest and fair man. We send our sincere sympathy to his family

Kat Munsell

October 9, 2019


Thank you Papa for 19 years worth of amazing memories. I spent almost every summer with you and while 19 isn't a lot, it was my whole life. I can't imagine no longer seeing you every summer. I know that you are still with all of us, I know that I will see you every time I go to the beach, every time I eat clam chowder, every time I see a woodchuck or a turkey and hear your voice saying, "go get the shotgun!" every time I sit around a bonfire, every time I watch the fireworks, every time that I am with those I love. I wish I could have had more time with you, but I am grateful that I got so many incredible memories with you to cherish. I love you so much and cannot wait to see you again. I miss you so much. Thank you for being my grandfather. I love you to infinity and beyond.

Thomas Munsell

October 9, 2019

Writing down a single favorite memory of dad in a single paragraph is nearly an impossible task. To Dad family was everything. My Dad was such a hard worker and sacrificed so much to make sure that all of us had what we needed to get through our childhood and into adulthood. If I could name TWO fond memories or as I would say special times they would be: The many hours spent on top of the tuna tower on the Seven All searching for the ever elusive giant Atlantic Bluefin Tuna on Cape Cod Bay. Monitoring the wind speed and direction all day and then racing home from school to see what the local conditions were like. Calling Dad at work with the news “Dad – Its flat ass calm and all the boats are out”. This would spur him into action and give me and Mary our orders to get the boat ready for another adventure or more times than not misadventure for the afternoon and into the evening. Not many teenage sons get to spend such quality time with their dads talking about a range of topics while out on the deep waters of the sea. I cherish those talks and learning life lessons from my Dad. The lesson learned and practiced most often on these trips was patience as those tuna lived up to their elusive reputation.
My other favorite memory of my Dad has to do with his joy of being around my family. I remember the first time he came in our boat to show us his “secret” spot for gathering the not so elusive quahog. Guiding us across Barnstable harbor and deep into the marshes to trek through mud up to our knees sometimes losing a shoe or two. The race to feel the first quahog with our toes and dig down to pull up that simple creature brought such joy to myself and to each of my family members. Thank you Dad for that and I will miss you terribly.

FROM THE FAMILY