Landers, David

June 17th, 2010

David T. Landers, Sr., a long-time Wilmington resident, died Thursday, June 17, 2010, at the age of 78.

Dave was born on March 12, 1932, in Chelsea, MA, he was the son of the late James L. & Mary L. (Metcalf) Landers. Dave’s family moved to Wilmington when he was three years old, he matriculated through the Wilmington School System, being the last class to graduate from Wilmington High School, what is now called the Swain School.

Dave held 3 jobs after graduation, the last one lasted for more than 48 years. Dave retired in 1995 from the Hastings-Tapley Insurance Agency in Cambridge, where he held the position of manager of the automation systems. His fascination with automation led him to become a self-taught computer nerd and he has set up computer classes for the Wilmington Seniors at the Buzzell Senior Center.

Dave met Nancy Devitt when they were just 14 years old. Nancy lived in Michigan, but spent summer vacations with her aunt in Wilmington. They married in 1951 at the age of 19, and about 13 months later became proud parents for the first time. Dave and Nancy went on to add 7 more children to the family. Dave often said, “There was always room for one more”. Dave and Nancy lived in a couple of different locations in Wilmington, before they finally bought the old family homestead from Dave’s mother following the death of his father. It was like going home after 20 years. He lost his home in a tragic fire in 1969, but re-built on the same location where he was currently residing.

David was a member of the Commission of Elder Services, where he holds the position of Chair. He was very active at the Buzzell Senior Center in Wilmington, where he enjoyed their many trips and activities. He could be found at the Senior Center just about every day and welcomed questions and comments of the Center as well as the computer. He also produced the Buzzell Buzz and was involved in their yearly Talent Shows.

Dave will be fondly remembered for being kind and compassionate, always helping others, for handling life’s adversities with strength, courage, and grace, and for his devotion to his family, who meant everything to him. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Dave was the beloved husband of the late Nancy (Devitt) Landers, devoted father of Harry J. Landers & his wife Janis Jaquith of Free Union, VA, Michael D. Landers & his wife Debbie of No. Chelmsford, Susan M. Landers-McNamara of Wilmington, and the late David T., Jr., William E., Kevin P., Lisa J., and Kathleen C. Landers, loving grandfather of David, Jackson, Jill, Tara, Kelly, Marci, Kaitlyn, Patrick, and great-grandchildren Ida, Harry, Madison, Ryan, and Michael, dear son of the late James L. & Mary L. (Metcalf) Landers, brother of the late James Landers, brother-in-law of Gloria Landers of Holbrook.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, June 21st at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Sunday, June 20th from 2:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in David’s name may be made to the Buzzell Senior Center, 15 School St., Wilmington, MA 01887.


10 Entries in Guest Book for “Landers, David”

  1. Christine Corella says:

    I will miss emailing you for an updated chat or occational tap into the family ancestry. I will miss you.

  2. Roger Quandt says:

    Dave was the greatest friend and person to know. We grew to adulthood as neighbors from the Federal Gardens in Wilmington. We will always have pleasant memories of this talented guy. He was very athletic and could walk on his hands, tumblesault, and do some fancy figure skating. Most of all, he would share pleasant stories, jokes, and any other knowledge. His family and all of us, will miss him fondly.

  3. Brad Kinne says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Dave was like another father figure to me when Mike and I were teenage friends. My deepest condolences.

  4. Keith and Maria Downs says:

    We’re so sorry for your loss.

  5. Susan (Barry) Hewitt says:

    Harry, Mike and Susan and families,
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father.
    Please accept my deepest sympathy. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Jake and Marsha Burridge says:

    We have so many happy memories of Dave as Marsha and Dave worked together for 30 years. We attended many Delphi computer users meetings together, and while we learned a lot, Dave made sure that we also had a lot of fun. He guided Hastings-Tapley through many years of computer upgrades and taught the staff well. So many had fear of computers in the early years, but with his patience, they overcame the fear and learned. It’s hard to understand why people are taken from us, but find comfort in knowing you were a special part of such a well-lived life. Dave was so proud of his family whom he loved dearly. We are grateful to have been Dave’s friend and treasure the memories we shared.

  7. Nancy Fudge says:

    Sue and family,
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. He was a wonderful man and will be missed by all. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Terry McDermott says:

    I just returned from vacation and learned of the death of Dave. I am so sorry for the loss to his family and to the town of Wilmington. I met Dave when he spent a season working at the Town Museum through a program with the Senior Center. He was a great, nice, smart guy. After he left the Town Museum, I always looked forward to seeing him around town. HE was always up to something interesting! We all will miss him.

  9. Kathy (Ross) DelRossi says:

    Dear Harry and family,

    Just heard of the passing of your Dad. Ron and I send our deepest sympathy. It was just several weeks ago when we were chatting about your Dad at our class reunion and how active he has kept in the community. I know you and your family will miss him dearly.

    With love and prayers. Kathy

  10. Sonny and Carole Cirillo says:

    We are so sorry we were unable to deliver our condolences to each of you personally. Your loss of this fine honorable man is huge. We always looked forward to seeing him at all of Gloria’s family functions. He was great fun and such a grand friend and relative to Gloria and her and Jim’s family. He will be badly missed.

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