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David Earle Pauley

June 8, 1942 ~ May 3, 2021 (age 78)

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David Earle Pauley, 78, was an English teacher, and taught in the Danvers Public

Schools for forty-two years. Were he writing this farewell, he would describe

the end of his battle with cancer by quoting the Bard himself: “To sleep,

perchance to dream”.

Born in Danvers on June 8, 1942 to Evelyn (Courier) Pauley and Earle Goldthwaite

Pauley, David peacefully “shuffled off this mortal coil” at home in Ipswich on

May 3, 2021, surrounded by his three children, Jennifer, Elizabeth and


A graduate of Saint John’s Prep in Danvers, David continued his Jesuit

education by earning a Bachelor’s degree at the College of the Holy Cross,

and later an EdD at Boston College. He would credit the Jesuits for helping to

feed his mind, and foster in him a sense of service.

A born teacher, he cared deeply about his students, and did whatever he

could to help them realize their full potential. He taught graduate courses at

Salem State University, where he also earned a Master’s degree. He served

for six years as an elected member of the School Committee for the Ipswich

Public Schools, where his children attended school.

David devoted himself to helping others: he was always willing to lend a

hand. He was an active member of the Our Lady of Hope church, serving on

both the Parish Council and the St Vincent dePaul Society as well as a

Eucharistic Minister and Lector. This care and concern for others also led him

to be a lifelong Democrat, believing that his Christian faith called him to see

a shared humanity in others, and to commit to make things better, in policy

and practice.

David had a long and happy marriage of fifty years to Marilyn (Collins)

Pauley, and together they enjoyed many travels. Favorite among those were

summer trips to Wolfeboro, NH, where he could usually be found in the

water, with his child or grandchild on his shoulders or jumping off the raft.

Most of all they loved being in their home they created in Ipswich.

David is predeceased by his wife Marilyn, and his sister, Mary (Pauley)

Sullivan Pike. He leaves behind many loved ones, including beloved nieces

and nephews, son-in-law Vincent Kennally, daughter-in-law Carla Pauley,

Andrew Still, and four precious grandchildren: Henry, Colleen, Atticus, and

Beckett. His many friends-- including lifelong friend John King and the

retired members of the Danvers High School faculty, will deeply miss him.

In lieu of a wake a graveside service will be held Saturday  May 8, 2021  at  11:00 A.M. in the Cedar Grove Cemetery  100 Cedar Grove Avenue, Peabody, all are respectfully invited to attend.  Due to the pandemic all who attend the graveside service must:  wear a face covering, practice social distancing and not come into physical contact with the family.  A memorial mass will the held Monday  May 10th.  at  10:00 A.M. at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church Hall  54 Linebrook Road, Ipswich, all are invited to attend.  All precautions must be observed as stated before for those who attend the memorial Mass.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:  the Saint Vincent dePaul Society  at Our Lady of Hope Church, .  Assisting the Pauley family is the Morris Funeral Home of Ipswich.  To send a letter of condolence to the family please go to: .

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Graveside Service
May 8, 2021

11:00 AM
Cedar Grove Cemetery
100 Cedar Grove Avenue
Peabody, MA 01960

Memorial Mass
May 10, 2021

10:00 AM
Our Lady of Hope Church
54 Linebrook Road
Ipswich, MA 01938

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