David D. Getty

May 4th, 2016

David D. Getty, age 50, of Wilmington, passed away on May 3rd, 2016. Born in Winchester on October 7th, 1965, David was the second child of Dorothy (Bernardi) and Kenneth Getty. Dave grew up in Wilmington and attended Wilmington Public Schools. He was a graduate of Wilmington High School Class of 1984. After high school, Dave earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Lowell. David was a member of the Teamsters Union, driving a truck for many years. He was currently enrolled as a full-time student at the Northern Essex Community College pursuing a career as a Radiology Technician.

Dave married the love of his life, Lubelia Goncalves, on May 21st, 1994. Dave and Lu resided in Woburn for 9 years before purchasing their home in Wilmington. The couple welcomed their daughter, Sienna, into the world in 2007. Sienna was the light of Dave’s life; they would play for hours together, he was like a big kid around her. The family liked to travel and vacation together. They enjoyed many trips throughout the years, most recently spending Christmas in Hawaii.

Dave enjoyed going to concerts and loved sports. He liked to watch hockey and baseball especially. One of his favorite things though, was his motorcycle, he loved to ride. He also loved to bike on trails in and around his neighborhood. Dave was kind, generous and loving to everyone he met and had a way of making everyone feel special. He had a calming presence about him that helped his wife stay calm, which was usually often. Dave was great with his in-laws, helping Lu’s parents with whatever they needed. Dave was a caring and loving husband, father, son, brother and friend to many and will truly be missed.

Dave was the beloved husband of Lubelia Goncalves-Getty of Wilmington. He was the devoted father of Sienna Getty of Wilmington. He was the cherished son of Dorothy & the late Kenneth Getty of Wilmington. Dave was the dear brother of Mark Getty & his wife Debra of Pelham, NH. He was the son-in-law of Rolando & Maria Goncalves of Woburn. Dave was the brother-in-law of Roland Goncalves & his wife Jeanne of Lakeville, Carlos Goncalves & his wife Lenore of San Diego and Nelson Goncalves & his wife Maria of Wilmington. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt 62) Wilmington, on Monday, May 9th, at 9:00 a.m. followed by a funeral mass at St. Patrick’s Church, 71 Central St. Stoneham, at 10:00 a.m.. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, May 8th, from 2-6 p.m. Memorial donations in Dave’s name can be made to American Heart Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.


33 Entries in Guest Book for “David D. Getty”

  1. The Sica Family says:

    Lu – We are so sorry to hear about Dave. If there is anything we can do, please don’t hesitate to ask. Thoughts and prayers are with you, Sienna and the family.

  2. Dennis Long & Family says:

    Lu – We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Denny and the family.

  3. Bob Butler says:

    Dot, Mark, and Family- Am greatly saddened by David’s passing. You are a sweet family; you helped make our neighborhood great. We will hold you in prayer.

  4. Soares family says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Dave was a great guy. We had some great times many years ago. Please try to find some comfort in the days to come that you had many wonderful years together!
    With love,
    Michael, Samantha, Meadow & Leo Soares

  5. Wendy Wiberg says:

    Dear Dot, Mark, and families,
    We are so shocked and sad about the passing of David. Our hearts go out to yours in the biggest possible way. Please know that there are many of us with you in spirit and are wishing you strength during this time.
    Wendy and Robert

  6. Heidi (Wiberg) Hastings says:

    Dot, Mark & families – Words cannot express my shock and heavy heart to hear this tragic news. These moments are a sad reminder how fragile life is. You are in our thoughts & prayers.
    Heidi, Gary, & family

  7. Angel Flight Northeast says:

    Lu and the entire Getty Family – Our thoughts and prayers are with your during this difficult time. We are honored to have Dave as a part of the extended Angel Flight NE family.

  8. Catherine Ens says:

    Dear Lu, Sienna and family,
    My heart aches for you at this sad time. You are in my prayers. May your memories bring you comfort. Dave was a great guy. Sienna, I am always here for you!! Love and prayers, Mrs. Ens

  9. Mary Schofield says:

    I am so so sorry to hear about your husbands passing. My thoughts and prayers are with and Sienna.
    Mary Schofield

  10. Julie Pisano says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Sienna and your family.

  11. Ann Marie Baccaro says:

    Lu – My thoughts and prayers are with you. So very sorry to hear of your loss. My heart goes out to you.

    Ann Marie

  12. Vickie Barone says:

    Lu: So sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  13. Jack and Lorraine Clark says:

    Dot. Lorraine and I are extremely sorry for your loss, our prayers and thoughts are with you.

  14. Lisa Roberts says:

    Lu, Sienna, Mark, Deb, Ari, Angi & Dot

    You know that words cannot express how sorry I am for the early passing of David. I am left with my own grief as well, but none compared to yours. He was kind, gentle and loving. He was a wonderfully goofy and funny “uncle” to both my girls and they too are left with heavy hearts. He has forever touched our hearts and I know you will all find a way to rebuild your life without him while maintaing some wonderful memories! He left a legacy that will never be forgotten.

    My love and deepest sympathy to you all:

  15. Karen Stellberger says:

    My condolences go out to the Getty family. I worked with Dave at Lahey Clinic. The last time I saw Dave I said will see you next weekend. He was such a pleasure to work with and such a nice man. He will be greatly missed. you are in my prayers.

  16. Rose Williams says:

    Dear Lu and Sienna and family,

    I am so sorry to hear this sad news. Dave was a loving dad and a kind man. I am keeping you all in my prayers and in my thoughts.

    Rose Williams

  17. Dave & Jan Plummer says:

    Lu, We are so very sorry and shocked to hear this news. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and Sienna and your extended family.

  18. Arthur & Mary Hall says:

    Our sincere condolences to your family. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family at this very sad time.

    Arthur & Mary Hall and Family

  19. Stacey Hubbard says:

    Dear Getty Family –I want to add my condolences. I had the pleasure of being Dave’s professor at Middlesex Community College. He was a wonderful student and even better classmate. He was very inquisitive and such a hard worker. I know he made many friends in class with his quiet wit and sincere ways. I am so sorry for your loss and know he will be missed dearly by his family and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    Stacey Hubbard

  20. Randy & Bobbie Cicchetto says:

    Our sincerest condolences to the entire Getty family. We are shocked and saddened. Lots of great memories with Dave over the years. He was a great guy and will be sorely missed.
    RIP… see you on the other side, my friend:)

  21. Lido Raposo says:

    Dear Lokas,

    My condolences to you and your daughter, Sienna. Life is not finite and is a continuous journey. May you and Sienna find peace and serenity knowing that David’s Spirit is with you. Please, take solace in this. I can almost empathize.

  22. Cort Millar says:

    Lu, Sienna, & family,

    So sorry to hear about David. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Angels will be watching over you.

    Love & prayers,

  23. John Credit says:

    I am so sorry to have just learned of Daves passing.I worked with Dave at Ris Paper/Ariva in Woburn.I have a lot of memories and stories that I will aleays have of him.My sincere sympathy to his family at this difficult time,he will truly be missed

  24. Matthew Tinkham says:

    Dearest Lu – I am so very sorry for your loss. I’m heartbroken for you and Sienna and the rest of your big beautiful family. Be strong – my thoughts are with you. Peace and Love, Matt

  25. The Poirier Family says:

    Lu & Sienna,
    We are so sorry to hear about Dave’ s passing. He is such a wonderful person. Please remember in the days and years to come that you are all so loved and that David will Never truly leave either of you. He will always be by your side Lu and by Sienna through every journey of her life. If you need anything, please just let us know. You are all in our prayers.
    With Deepest Condolences,
    Paul, Grace, Corey, Patrick and Hailey

  26. Claire & Janet says:


    We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your husband David. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Love, Janet and Claire

  27. Debra Whitney says:

    Lu so sorry for you’re loss. God comes for all of us one day but we just never know when. Just know that your family and Friends are there for you and your daughter. May God watch over you both.

    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Debra Whitney

  28. Candy and Mike Stedem says:

    Lokas, there are no word that can describe what you and Sienna have lost. Davies present

  29. John Gerhartz says:

    Dot, Mark, and family I am so saddened to hear of David’s passing, please know that I send my most sincere condolences, keep all the good memories alive in your heart. God Bless you all. John

  30. LouAnn Michaud says:

    Lu, my heart aches for you, Sienna and your family. Too young… too soon but it is not our choice to make. God works in mysterious ways. However, this I believe with all my being: When you smell a fragrance and it reminds you or Sienna of Dave; when a song plays; a breeze brushes against you cheek; when suddenly you’re ripped apart by his love; all this any so many more experiences are given to you to let you know. . . Dave is reaching out to you and Sienna. Embrace the experience, quiet your heart to receive him and you shall find peace. Dave is with you always and forever.

    My deepest sympathy.

  31. Joe Vasconcelos says:

    Dear Lokas,

    I just heard of Daves passing. Sorry for your loss. You and your daughter are in my prayers.

    Joe Vasconcelos

  32. Mary Vasconcelos-Carvalho says:

    Dear Lokas,

    Please accept my sympathy on the passing of your husband. You and your daughter are in my prayers.

    Mary Theresa

  33. Williams family says:

    Condolences to the Getty family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family. Psalms 147:3 says God, “heals the broken hearted, and binds up their wounds.” May God bring you comfort and peace.

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