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BLOOM, David A. Passed away on July 9, after a long decline in health. A forty year resident in Wellesley, he moved with his beloved wife Susan to join his adored and adoring daughter, Johanna, his favored son-in-law, Bob, and their growing family in an ideal home in Framingham with an in-law suite. The complex now houses 11 year-old Jacob, 9 year-old Benjamin and 4 year-old Lillianna. These three children lit up every day that David lived. He would tell you every grandparent thinks their grandchildren are perfect, but his really are.

A veteran of World War Two, David served as signal man in the Navy. Everyone who knew him could recite his time of service; two years, three months, five days. Although really just a boy of eighteen when he enlisted, the years in the Navy helped educate and discipline him in ways that served him throughout his life.

A bachelor for 39 years, he married his wife Susan with whom he shared his life for almost 52 years. David was fond of saying "My life began when I met Susan," but, in truth, he had a very full life of school, adventure and travel before he met Susan. He traveled extensively in Europe, Africa and South America, only regretting a private bike trip to Picasso's house that he declined to be part of.

But David did not say no to much. He went back to school in his 40s and earned a graduate degree in Organizational Behavior at Boston University. When Johanna was a toddler, David was her primary care taker, a job that allowed him to bond early and tightly to his dream child. Intentionally unemployed, David referred to himself as a "free lance observer on sabbatical" which won him kudos as the most prestigious job one could have in the early 1970s.

He was enticed back to work by his older revered brother, Sam, who owned a company on the fish pier. David went to work troubleshooting for Sam. Sam would say David was his best friend and mentor; David returned the compliment. At work David met "the other love of his life, "his prot?g? Joe Collins", with whom he maintained a life long intimate friendship.

The baby of four siblings, all of whom lived into their nineties, David is survived by his older sister Dodie who lives in California and with whom David was in frequent conversation, often about books they were reading in their book groups or recipes they wanted to share. An avid reader and intrepid theater goer, David loved smart people, and was eager to talk with and challenge them and their thoughts. His acerbic wit and dogged honesty never failed him.

Services at the Levine Chapels, 470 Harvard St., BROOKLINE, on Wednesday, July 12 at 9:00am. Burial in Sharon Memorial Park, 40 Dedham St., Sharon. Memorial observance immediately following the burial through 5pm and continuing Thursday from 4pm-7pm at his late residence.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory reveal his eclecticism: Boston Children's Hospital that saved grandson Ben's infant life; The Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College in Boston which his wife directed and in which she taught for 25 years; and the Gamm Theater in Pawtucket, RI, that provided many pleasurable hours of cutting edge, provocative theater.

Levine Chapels, Brookline


Published in The Boston Globe on July 11, 2017
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