David Alan Chester, Sr.
of Leominster; 76
LEOMINSTER -- David Alan Chester, Sr., 76 years old, of Leominster died Monday March 3, 2014 after an illness. David was born on April 13, 1937 in Leominster, MA to the late Dorothy (Dupee) Chester and George Newell Chester, Sr., the fifth child of nine. He was married to Marie (Hawkins) Chester for 57 years and they have two daughters and two sons, David A. Chester, Jr. and his wife Carol, Leisa Chester Weir and her husband Kevin Weir, Kathy L. Chester, and Scott H. Chester and his wife Jill.
He graduated from Leominster High School in 1955 and was an athletic powerhouse who dominated the fields, tracks and courts in football, baseball, basketball and track & field. Chet, as he was affectionately called by his teammates, was a member of the 1952 Blue Devil football team that was only one of a few with an undefeated season. One of his favorite stories has been confirmed as truth of the time when he homered in a baseball game, then went to the field and won the high jump and finished up on the track on the winning relay team - in the same afternoon. In addition, until recently he held the record for the most points scored in a basketball game at Leominster High School. He also played for the former Leominster Lions semi-pro football team.
Devoted to his family and friends, he would always lend a helping hand at any place and at any time. He was the go-to guy to help with car repairs, moving day and fix-it jobs and each experience left the recipient with a memorable "Dave" story. He had a magnetic personality and immediately made friends wherever he went. He thoroughly enjoyed entertaining others with his countless stories of the "good old days." His love of the Patriots was legendary and it was a well-known faux-pas to call him during game time.
David was a lifelong resident of his beloved Leominster and was appropriately selected as Citizen of the Year in 2009, where he proudly displayed his commemorative license plate from that day forward. He was appointed by the Mayor to the Leominster Historical Commission and was the editor of its history book, Combing Through Leominster's History. It was quite fitting for him to be a member of the Historical Commission because he made his own history in the Leominster community:
He was one of the founders of Leominster Pop Warner Football and coached the Dolphins - the team he named - for many years. One season was a family affair with his son on the team, his daughters on the cheerleading squad and his wife and son in the stands cheering.
He founded and coached for the Twin City Chiefs semi-pro football team and was named Coach of the Year in his first year in the Eastern Football League.
He was inducted into the second class of the Leominster Football Hall of Fame both as an individual contributor and as a member of the 1952 LHS undefeated team.
He took the Notre Dame High School football team to an undefeated season as head coach.
Trained as a welder, he transitioned to the transportation industry and worked at Branch Motor in Leominster and New Penn in Billerica until his retirement. Ingrained with a strong work ethic, he continued working post-retirement with Need-A-Lift transportation.
In addition to his wife and children, David A. Chester leaves to mourn his memory two brothers Richard A. Chester and Peter R. Chester and a sister Helen "Jackie" Chester. He is predeceased by brothers and sisters Dorothy "Rosie" Jones, George N. Chester, Jr., Gerald W. Chester, Joanne A. Teixeira and Robert C. Chester.
He also leaves behind seven grandchildren Ryan Weir, Toya Chester, David Chester III, Jeremy Weir, Jazzmyn Hill, Briya Chester and Masyn Chester and many nieces, nephews, cousins - including two special cousins, Mildred Dupee Belton and Verna Chester Hughes - cherished friends and several other young men and women who looked up to him as a father.
CHESTER -- A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 12 pm in the First Baptist Church, 23 West Street, Leominster. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Leominster. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, March 6, 2014 from 4-7 pm in the Silas F. Richardson & Son Funeral Home, 106 West Street, Leominster. www.richardsonfuneralhome.net