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POTTER, David Carlisle Age 83, died at home on the morning of Saturday, July 27th, 2019. He leaves behind his former wife and devoted friend Dianne Kavanagh Potter, of Bourne, and his beloved son, Stephen Kavanagh Potter, 48, of Boston.

He was born the only child of Charles Elliott Potter and Ruth Bonner Potter, and grew up in Wayland, Massachusetts. He attended Brown University for two years, then left to serve in the 82nd Airborne Division as a paratrooper from 1954 to 1956. Upon his honorable discharge he transferred to Emerson College, where he graduated in 1960. He then left for Hollywood, where he spent three years pursuing acting, landing roles on television shows like "Have Gun Will Travel" and "Maverick." He then moved back to the east coast to begin a career in sales with Little Brown & Company, where he met his wife Dianne.

After overcoming his own battle with alcoholism, he devoted over a decade to helping rehabilitate alcoholics and addicts as Director of Pathway House in Gardner, Massachusetts. Thereafter he returned to sales, this time in the automotive industry - notably at Muzi Ford and Boston Volvo, where he enjoyed an award-winning career well into his seventies.

He loved photographing the outdoors, wildlife and visiting our national parks. He was a fan of the Old West and baseball, and famously enjoyed the trading and selling of cars and watches. He took great pride in the number of men he helped on the path to sobriety.

Visiting Hours will be held on Wednesday, July 31st from 10:00am to 12:00pm followed by a Memorial Service at 12:00pm at the Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 154 Route 6A in SANDWICH, MA, preceding a private interment. Donations to the National Wildlife Federation are welcome in David's name. National Wildlife Federation: https://support.nwf.org/page/8844/donate/1

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December 8, 2019
My sincere condolences to David's family.I knew him briefly in Gardner, Ma where I heard him speak at many meetings. I remember he drove a Datsun 260 and I wondered how his long legs didn't get lodged under the dashboard.
August 1, 2019
David had a great personality. He was always fun to be with. He was a terrific salesman. He will be missed. I am proud to say that he was my friend.

Stan Dubitsky
Stan Dubitsky
July 31, 2019
Always happy to see and to hear David speak. He was an Amazing power of Example to so many people in A.A. Rest in Peace David

July 30, 2019
I first met Mr. Potter at our local library here in Sandwich. I enjoyed our many conversations on books, but mostly I enjoyed our conversations and love of Ford Mustangs. He will be very much missed here at the library. Rest in peace Mr. Potter, it was a pleasure to know you.

Linda DeCosta
July 30, 2019
I'll always cherish our mid-day Coffee Runs where we were able to discuss world events and clear our heads of the daily grind of the Car Biz. You are one of the "Good Ones" David that I'll never forget, may you Rest in Peace.
Ted Leotsakos
July 29, 2019
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July 29, 2019
You and your mother are in our hearts, and have our deep sympathy.
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July 29, 2019
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July 28, 2019
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