David Michael McCusker, age 45 of Salem , a long time resident of Marblehead died unexpectedly, Saturday June 30, 2012. Son of the late Walter and Mary Elizabeth Betty(Rafferty) McCusker, David was born in Arlington and was raised and educated in Marblehead. Following his graduation from MHS, David graduated from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (Class of 1989) where he played lacrosse, a sport he came to love from his brother Michael. After his graduation, he became employed with M.E.B.A, (The Marine Engineers Beneficial Association in Boston) and sailed aboard merchant ships as a Third Mate where he traveled to many ports. David loved the sea. He eventually returned home to the North Shore and settled in Salem, connecting with old friends and making new ones. David began a land career as a Senior Growth Technician and supported R&D for GTCrystal Systems. A devoted uncle, Uncle Dave brought the mischief, the candy, the scali bread, the wiffle balls, and most importantly, the laughter. He was proud to be a part of their athletic events, personal events and educating them while watching the Pats, Sox, Bs or Celts. He often introduced them to questionable vocabulary to describe a call while yelling at the TV to argue a call by a ref or ump. His nieces and nephews: Jessica, Sarah, Patrick and Connor Doliber of Marblehead; Ryan, Michelle, Erin and Cathryn (his adored Goddaughter) Lally of Rowley; Erin Delaney of Salem; Corey Moranda of Santa Rosa, CA will miss hanging out with Uncle Dave at the family gathering to get away from the adults. David is survived by his mother, Barbara Lally McCusker of Marblehead, his sisters and brother, Mary Kathryn Katy McCusker and her family, Tony and Corey Moranda of Santa Rosa, CA, Sharon (Lally) Doliber of Marblehead, Martha (Lally) Delaney and her husband Jeff, of Salem, Gretchen Lally of Salem, Peter McCusker of Fall River, his sister |in- law Diane Lally of Rowley. He was also the brother of the late Michael Lally and brother in law of the late Howie Doliber. His funeral will be held Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 10:00a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 178 Humphrey St, Swampscott at 10:00AM Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Visiting hours will be held at the Murphy Funeral Home, 85 Federal St, (cor of North St) Salem on Monday, July 9, 2012 from 4 to 8PM. In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to the Down Syndrome Clinical Program Fund at Boston Children's Hospital, in memory of David Michael McCusker. Contributions can be made online at www.childrenshospital.org/tribute or checks made payable to Boston Children's Hospital can be mailed to Childrens Hospital Trust, 1 Autumn Street #731, Boston, MA 02215-5301 or to the The Massachusetts Maritime Academy Foundation c/o Massachusetts Maritime Academy ? 101 Academy Drive, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532 For additional information please call 978 744 0497 or visit www.murphyfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Marblehead Reporter from July 6 to July 13, 2012