David Edmund Berkeley

1955 - 2020


David Edmund Berkeley, 65, died peacefully on Dec. 26, 2020 from COPD. He was born in Newton, MA, youngest son of Edmund C. and Suzanne (Slocum) Berkeley of Newtonville. He went to public schools and the Cambridge School of Weston, graduating in 1973, and attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He was on the administrative staff of the law firm Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault in Boston for 17 years. Later he worked as an aide in the Newton Library and as a bellringer for the...

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January 10, 2021 12:56 AM

David was an intelligent, kind, courteous, fun and funny soul who overcame many hardships in life but still managed to spread joy and love to his many friends during the 8 years I worked with him at TH&T.

David and I were great friends who had a lot of fun both at TH&T events and at his family’s "Four Winds" Chatham house on the Cape with Delia, Maurice, Diane, Dick & Gary. It was relaxing, invigorating, exciting, funny and wonderful to be with this group exploring the Cape, sharing stories and laughs, dancing in the living room and generally doing ridiculous things. Everyone in the group enriched my life tremendously, but it wouldn’t have been possible without David’s generosity and Diane’s and Maurice’s cooking!

I missed David when I moved to San Diego in 1991, but we still managed to stay in touch, almost to the very end. David flew out to San Diego with other TH&T friends in 1993 for my 45th birthday, which turned out to be the best and happiest birthday I have had in my 72 years!

Besides having adventures in Boston, Cape Cod, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle, I always called him on his April 9 birthday, and he would call or send me a card on my June birthday and sometimes during the year “just because”.

We reunited again in San Francisco and stayed with Boston-transplanted friends and other friends who flew in from Boston. Wonderful times with fantastic friends. David visited Kim and me in Seattle after we relocated there in 1999. We had several adventures during his visit in Washington, the most memorable being a trip to Mt. St. Helens where he reminisced about his dad. It was an important checkmark on his bucket list.

I stayed with David in his Newton house when Mark Macenka and Lisel got married. He was my "date" at the wedding because my husband couldn’t take a vacation from Microsoft at that time. He was fun, always a gentleman and a consummate host.

We spoke on the phone almost weekly thru this fall, but I could tell it was hard for him. A few times he sounded strong and we talked for 15 or 20 minutes. But other times, he would be too tired and weak to speak more than 5 minutes. After the election in November, I think we only talked two or three times and then in December I dropped the ball altogether and never knew he was failing that fast. I miss him terribly but have many photos to keep memories alive.
God bless and keep him close.

Jacqueline Jacobs

January 8, 2021 12:46 PM

David cared about his nieces and nephews and Cheri Jacobs and Bonnie Jacobs Coats were always grateful for his love, as was I. We have wonderful memories of our time together in 2005. May his spirit be forever a positive influence in our lives and the universe. 

Lisa Castillo

January 3, 2021 12:39 PM

Oh dear, this is such sad news. I enjoyed visiting with David at several High School reunions.  Both of us fondly remembered and revisited a late night telephone conversation we'd had sometime in the early '70s. He was in Belmont and I was in Weston. A jet plane was flying over my house, he could hear it through the phone line. Then a minute later it was above his house and I could hear it through the phone line. Such a small detail. But somehow significant to us both. Glad to have you for my friend, David. 

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