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
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, email@example.com . Assisting the Pauley family is the Morris Funeral Home of Ipswich. To send a letter of condolence to the family please go to: MorrisFH.com .
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