Beach Memorial Chapel

301 Corey Ave, St Pete Beach, FL


David John Calchera

December 21, 1944July 19, 2019

David John Calchera, age 74, of St Petersburg, Florida passed away on Friday July 19, 2019. David was born December 21, 1944 in Bridgeport, CT. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.beachmemorialchapel.com for the Calchera family.


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David John Calchera

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John Went

August 7, 2019

From an old folk singer ---
I don't know where that river roams
But she goes round the bend
Just might roll around the great wide world
Come on home again
River runs by my window
River runs by my door
River runs so sweet
Might never roam no more
Might never roam no more

Thanks for the joy you've given me
I want you to know I believe in the song

We love you Maryellen

John and Gretchen

Elaine Markowitz

July 30, 2019

Mary Ellen, Meghan and Amy, we were so surprised and saddened to learn of David's passing. We send you our heartfelt condolences and wish you the strength to deal with this terrible loss. So very sorry.

Elaine and Bernie Markowitz

John H. Mayer

July 28, 2019

David hired me to help put together his vision of the arts magnet school in Willimantic. I learned so much from him as he guided me through the process of creating curriculum, hiring staff and recruiting students. He and I met with every superintendent and board of education in the EASTCONN region. He handled each situation with tact and grace. In September 2003, ACT opened in the Mills and the school was on its way. David understood those who worked for him and appreciated their strengths. He showed a genuine interest in those who worked for EASTCONN and they in turn did their best work for him. David was one of the best.

Joe Cirasuolo

July 24, 2019

I was both shocked and saddened to learn of Dave’s death. For the time when we worked together at CAPSS, he made vital contributions to our successful efforts to transform the organization and to start the transformation of schooling in CT.

More important, he became a friend upon whom I could always rely to do what he said he would do and to be honest with me regarding what I was doing.

I will miss him a great deal.

Sheila and I send our condolences to Mary Ellen and her family and our assurance that they are in our thoughts and prayers.

Jim Lennertz

July 23, 2019

The wonderfully infectious grin -- not to mention the regal mustache -- tells you so much about this wise and witty man. His gentle humor was a lens through which to view life and he shared that perspective with us all. I attach a photo from our Boston College 50 year reunion gathering in 2016. Dave and our other dear friend Paul Marshall are front and center as they should be. We miss them and wish them peace.

Tom DeVivo

July 23, 2019

I am very sorry for your loss. Dave was a friend of our families and was Mayor when my father, Jim DeVivo was an Alderman. He was a good man for Willimantic/Windham. I always thought he had a great mustache.
Thank you Tom

Michael Akana

July 22, 2019

David was by far the best boss I have ever worked for. He always made you feel that the hard work you did was always appreciated.
He was the one and only "Big Dog", as he was known in my department. There will never be another.
He will be missed by all who knew him.
My sincere condolences to Mary Ellen and family.

Eileen Montgomery

July 21, 2019

David was my boss for all his years at EASTCONN. He was a good and always kind man. He always had a smile and a cheerful greeting. One special memory was a time when we got a new accounting system in the finance office. We were all working hard and extra hours to learn the system and keep up our work load. David came in one morning dressed as a waiter to serve us coffee and bagels. That gesture meant the world to us, just letting us know he appreciated our hard work.
Sending my sincere condolences to Mary Ellen and the family.