Obituaries

Earle, David A.

September 5th, 2011
David A. Earle, age 71, of Wilmington, died peacefully at home, surrounded by loved one’s, on September 5, 2011.
 
David was born on August 27, 1940 in Wolfeboro, NH, he was the dear son of the late Charles and Eunice (Starkie) Earle. As a youngster growing up in New Hampshire, David was especially close to his younger brother Ralph, they would often do many things together, special projects, have friendly competitions and sibling rivalries, but never allowed anything to come between them and they had a special bond that lasted throughout their lives.
 
As a teenager David developed many leadership skills and in High School he excelled at Math. It was from listening to a speaker during Math Club that David became aware of the Actuarial profession, at that point he started to head on a path that would lead to his life-long career.
David graduated from Keene High School in Keene, NH and went on to further his education at Northeastern University in Boston. David was quickly accepted to their cooperative program and was a member of the ROTC.
 
During David’s co-op employment time, he worked with New England Life Insurance Company. Following graduation he continued on in the Actuarial Department. Being in ROTC during his time in college, David took a military leave of absence from his civilian employment to fulfill his two year military Active Duty commitment. After receiving training, he assumed responsibilities supporting the Army Material Command which was stateside. During his second year, he served as a supply officer in Vietnam, at that time there were on about 50,000 U. S. Troops in Vietnam but that number continued to grow during his tour of duty. During this time serving the country David earned the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.
 
Upon completion of his active duty commitment, David returned to work at New England Life in the Actuary Department. He started taking a series of 10 Actuarial exams, passing every one on the first try, an amazing feat. At the time he was trying to complete his exams he was also completing his 4 year Army Reserve requirement. Late in 1968, David went to a second tour in Vietnam, this time as a staff supply officer for the 513 Maintenance Battalion, by this time the war was much more intense. David did not talk of Vietnam much but his accomplishments were many, his decorations and awards included Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, 3 Overseas Service Bars, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon with Device, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal and the Bronze Star Medal. David was honorably discharged from the United States Army in July of 1969.
 
After he returned home, David continued to take the remaining Actuarial tests to advance within New England Life and became a Member of the Society of Actuaries. David always had a giving nature, not only did he pass his tests, but he assisted others in preparing for the tests, he taught courses, and worked with other insurance companies to help their employees as well. David faithfully worked for New England Life Insurance Company for his entire working career of over 40 years.
 
David was a person of great faith, he loved God and he loved his Country, and he served both of them very well. David was a very active member of the Martin’s Pond Union Baptist Church, he served as a member of the Standing Committee, as Church Treasurer, and in many other ways remaining faithful to this local congregation’s part of God’s Church. It was at church that David met and fell in love with Susan Baker, they married in 2002 and their bond was unwavering in sickness and in health. The love David and Susan shared was evident to everyone around them and they felt blessed to have each other.
 
David was a private and humble person who did not parade his accomplishments, one accomplishment that he was proud of was visiting all 50 States and keeping careful records of each visit. Aside from traveling, David also enjoyed taking long walks and he was very devoted to caring for his father following the death of his mom.
 
David will be fondly remembered as kind and generous, he was soft spoken and always willing to help others. The way David lived his life represented all that is good in the world and he made it a better place for others. David was well loved by his family and friends and he will be greatly missed.
 
David is survived by his beloved wife Susan (Baker) Earle and his brother Ralph Earle both of Wilmington, as well as many relatives and friends who adored him.
 
Family and friends gathered for a Service in the Martins Pond Union Baptist Church and David was laid to rest in the family lot at Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home in Wilmington.
 
Memorial donations in David’s name may be made to the North Reading Food Pantry, P. O. Box 626, North Reading, MA 01864 or to the Martin’s Pond Union Baptist Church Memorial Fund, 4 Cogswell Road, North Reading, MA 01864
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