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David B. Tingdahl

May 17th, 2021

David B. Tingdahl, “Dave”, age 57, of Wilmington, passed away surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer on May 15, 2021.

Dave was born on September 9, 1963 in Medford, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Arnold and Mary (Moffat) Tingdahl. Dave was raised in Malden and graduated from Malden High School. Following graduation, Dave went to Benjamin Franklin trade school where he earned his electrician’s license.

Dave worked as an electrician for many years before joining Union Local 4 as an elevator mechanic. Dave’s strong work ethic made him a valuable asset to the Union.

Dave married Susan J. (Eldridge) Tingdahl in a blizzard on March 13, 1993. The couple moved to Wilmington in July of 1994, where they raised their two boys Zachery and Jeremy. Dave was very involved with the boys; he volunteered as their Scout Leader and attended all their special events.

Dave was a member of the Wilmington United Methodist Church. He donated many hours helping at the church events, whether it was the Christmas Tree sale, the pumpkin sale, church dinners or special services, Dave was always willing to lend a hand. Dave was also a member of the Masons. He was proud to be part of the Lodge and made many friendships with the other Lodge members.

Dave and Sue were avid campers; they looked forward to their annual camping trip at Sebago Lake with the same eleven couples and their families. They have so many wonderful memories of those camping trips. Dave was a true outdoorsman; he would camp anywhere there was water. His favorite trip was a canoe trip he took three times with his two sons to the Allagash Wilderness in Maine.

Dave will be remembered for his warm, caring personality. Everyone was welcome at the Tingdahl home and whoever was special to Zachery and Jeremy was special to Dave and Sue as well. He will truly be missed by his family and friends.

Dave was the beloved husband of Susan J. (Eldridge) Tingdahl, devoted father of Zachery David Tingdahl & his girlfriend Ashley Perodin and Jeremy Eldridge Tingdahl & his girlfriend Hailey Craig, dear brother of Janet Hamilton & her husband William of SC, Eric Tingdahl & his spouse Joseph Haley of Boston, Christine Trunfio & her husband Fred of Methuen, Mary Beth Woods & her husband Brian of CA, Steven Tingdahl & his wife Sharon of Middleboro, son-in-law of Raymond and Jo-Ann Eldridge of Carver, brother-in-law of Raymond Eldridge & his wife Lana of Halifax and Amanda Eldridge & Brian Kelleher of West Roxbury. Dave is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, May 20th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, May 21st at 11:00 a.m. Masks are required in the Funeral Home and in the Church.

Memorial donations in Dave’s name may be made to the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington, MA 01887. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

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18 Entries in Guest Book for “David B. Tingdahl”

  1. Jette says:

    I’m so sorry.

  2. Brenda Carta says:

    Dear Susan and family,

    I don’t know if you remember me from The Wonder Years…I loved being your teacher, so proud of all you did, your music. You are an amazing family. So faithful, loving, kind.. I’m so sorry for your loss, your hearts must be broken! Sending you my love, hugs, comfort that only the Lord can give, His mercy, grace, joy, and blessings!! Turn to Him for peace, love, clarity. God loves you & holds you in His strong arms. Turn to Him to help you grieve, reach out to Him, family, friends. We love you and care. May His Blessings be upon you always! In Jesus’s Name, Amen. Love Brenda

  3. Beverly Soper says:

    We are so sorry Susan for your loss of Dave and the loss of your dad Zachary and Jeremy! May you find “Peace” in knowing he had “Unconditional” Love for his family and all of us! Love and Peace! Beverly and Bob

  4. Alison Smith says:

    My heart aches for you all. Dave definitely had some hard battles, some he overcame stronger than ever. Unfortunately this one proved to be the one to tear the armor off. I pray for you all and offer my deepest condolences. Hugs to you all

  5. Barbara Fitzgerald says:

    Susan, I am so very sorry to learn that David had passed. David was so strong that he gave the cancer a huge fight. Unfortunately, this horrible disease always takes the best. My sincerest condolences and prayers to you all.

  6. Lori Trites says:

    So saddened at this loss to our community and to this wonderful family. Susan, Zach and Jeremy, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. The Hartnett Family says:

    We are very saddened to hear about Dave’s passing. Our condolences to his family during this difficult time

  8. Hirst family says:

    We were saddened to hear of David’s passing. Thinking and praying for all of you.

  9. Wilmington Band Parents says:

    On behalf of the Wilmington Band Parents, we send our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Dave was so proud to watch both boys perform in the Wildcat Bands as well as CATS. We are here if you need anything.

  10. Lynn Powers says:

    Dear Susan, Zack & Jeremy,
    Josh & I are so very sorry to hear that Dave’s cancer took him from you much too soon. There are no words to make it easier. Dave was always there to give a helping hand. He will be missed by all who loved him.
    Our faith allows us to know that later in life you will all be reunited with David.As he entered the Pearly Gates of Heaven he heard Well done my Faithful Servant. He will await your arrival in one of the Lord’s Mansions. Until then listen & watch closely as he will show you he is walking side by side with you even if it is a butterfly, or a gentle breeze that comes across your face.
    Josh & I are praying for each of you.

  11. The Whitebone Family says:

    Dear Susan,
    So sorry and saddened to hear of David’s passing.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love,
    Bob and Linda

  12. George Ross says:

    We consider ourselves fortunate to have known Dave. He was a great
    asset for our Church, our Town and his Friendship Lodge Mason time
    We was well loved by all who knew him. His courageous fight is over
    and he is at peace now. To Susan, Zach and Jeremy may the love of
    God carry you thru this. Peace George and Clarice Ross

  13. Danny andBarb Beaudoin says:

    Dear Susan and family,

    Barb and I were so saddened by the news of David’s passing. We were fortunate to have know David throughout the years at WUMC and witness the smiles and joy he brought to all through strumming his guitar and eagerness to leand a hand. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours during this difficult time. All our best, Barb and Danny

  14. Laurie, Jordan and Aidan Briere says:

    No words can truly express our sadness upon Dave’s passing. He lived life to the fullest even at the times where he wasn’t well. That always inspired me. He loved you and the boys dearly and will most certainly be watching over you all. We will all miss him so very much in so many ways. May you be comforted by your happiest memories with him now and always. Your village is here to give you love, comfort and support. Call upon us at any time. Our Lord has greeted Dave and said well done my son. All our love!

  15. Donna Trunfio Paz says:

    Susan and boys so sorry for your loss, My only hope and I know it’s true is that he is with God the Father and looking after you and the boys. Don’t be surprised is you find yourself talking to him, and it will be ok because he will be with you in spirit.
    May God Bless

  16. Sandra Gamble says:

    Susan. Joanne Kanarkiewicz sent me the notice of the death of your husband. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

    Condolences.

    Sandra (WP at Goodwin)

  17. Joanne Kanarkiewicz says:

    Sending my deepest condolences to you and the boys. May he live in your hearts, give you strength and remind you of all the happy memories. I will be praying for your family.

  18. David (Anders) Tingdahl says:

    I just found out of my namesake on the other side of the world and am sad to learn that he passed. We did not know each other, but shared the same name and ancestry. My condolences to his family.

    David Tingdahl, Sweden

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