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Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home

382 First Parish Road, Scituate, MA

OBITUARY

David Nellis

October 13, 1934November 4, 2019
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David A. Nellis passed on November 4, 2019. David was a loving Husband, Father and Grandfather. His passion for education, Geology, politics and travel guided his journey in life.

David served 2 years in the Army and then went onto obtain his Bachelors degree from Allegheny College, and his Masters and Phd from Boston University. He was a Professor of Geology at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. Dr. Nellis consulted for the United States Geological Survey and many private companies. He also served his community of Scituate as he was elected to the Planning Board and he protected the Clam flats as the Clam Warden for many years.

David was an avid Golfer and loved to hunt for his and other’s lost golf balls on the course. David enjoyed fishing, the music of Elvis, learning about history and he was always equipped to tell an interesting story or fact that were a gift to all those that listened. David is loved by his wife Dorothy Ann, his children Amy, Jason, Elizabeth, Jim and the late Jennifer and his four grandchildren Jack, Lily, Molly and Christopher.

A visitation will be held on Monday November 11, 2019 from 4-8pm at Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home, 382 First Parish Road, Scituate. A funeral home service will take place on Tuesday November 12, 2019 at 10:30 am from Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home. Burial to follow at Massachusetts National Cemetery at 1pm. A with luncheon to immediately follow the burial at the Brookside Club 11 Brigadoone Rd. Buzzards Bay, MA 02532.

Services

12 November

Funeral Service

10:30 am

Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home

382 First Parish Rd
Scituate, Massachusetts 02066

12 November

Burial

1:00 pm

Massachusetts National Cemetery

Connery Ave
Bourne, Massachusetts 02665

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  • Visitation Monday, November 11, 2019

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Irene Rossi

November 10, 2019

Dear Dottie,
I was so sorry to hear of David's passing. I hope that you will find solace in remembering what a wonderful life you shared together and your loving care of him these past few years,
Phil also sends his condolences.
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Irene

Tom Schmitz

November 8, 2019

Sorry to hear. You surely will be missed Super Dave. Please keep Golfing and get some hole in ones.

Thoughts and Prayers.

Schmitty

Elizabeth Tavelli

November 8, 2019

Dear Nellis Family,

I'm so sorry for your loss. I'll always remember Uncle David's meteor rock that he shared with us at Christmas time. He had so much enthusiasm for life and so many interesting stories to share! He will be missed.

Lots of love,
Elizabeth, Dan, Rory and Finn

Russell Nellis

November 7, 2019

Dear Dottie, Jason, Amy and Elizabeth,

Let me first say how sorry Libby and I for the loss of your dear father and husband David. We will pray for your comfort and peace at this difficult time.

I also want to share a story that I think you will find humorous and totally within character. Many years ago my father and mother took us on a cross country trip in a camper. I can’t really remember the year, but I suspect that Susan, Nancy and I were around 10 to 15 years old. One of our stops was in a mining town in South Dakota where David was doing some research. I remember him taking us to some of the old mines he had explored which we found quite interesting.

The campsite where we were camped was right next to a small trout stream. One afternoon my father and I went fishing and caught quite a few small trout. That evening Mom and Dad cleaned and cooked the fish, and David came to join us for dinner. As dinner wound down, I looked over and saw a fish head on David’s plate. I said, Uncle David, you didn’t finish your fish. At that, David reached down, picked up the fish head and popped it in his mouth and began to chew. The three of us kids all screamed! I’m sure David, Mom and Dad laughed out loud. I don’t know for sure if David actually ate the fish head or just made us believe he did, but that memory has stuck with me ever since. I’m pretty sure that to this day, every time I eat trout, I think of that trip to South Dakota and the time my uncle ate a fish head!

Prayers for David and your whole family.

Russell & Libby

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55 years of Marriage and Love.

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