David Prifti
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Our beloved David Prifti has left this world after a two and a half year battle with pancreatic cancer On Monday, November 21, 2011. He leaves behind his mourning parents, wife, children, sister, brother and friends. All of our lives have been made richer and better because of him. David was born in Worcester on June 10, 1961, the third son of James and Dorothy Prifti. His life was lived with passion. His appetite for art and learning never faltered. As an artist he created photographs that have been shown in multiple museums and galleries, and are included in the permanent collections at MOMA, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, DeCordova Museum, Worcester Historical Museum and the Boston Public Library Print Department. He loved his work as a teacher of Photography at Concord-Carlisle high school, where, for the last 25 years, he gained a following of students who learned to look at the world, and know themselves, more deeply. His dedication to his students led to many life-long friendships, which were a source of great joy to him. His enthusiasm and love for people made it difficult not to like him. David met his wife Monika in 1980 when they both attended Massachusetts College of Art. From that point on they were together in love and friendship until the day he died. Their children, Lucas and Amanda, were the light of his life. David loved nature, and as a teenager became an eagle scout. Landscapes were a large part of his early photography, and later, when learning the historic process of wet plate photography, he made a whole series of images of trees along the Assabet River. During summer he could be seen wading in the river's shallows, with a darkroom boat in tow holding his camera and the chemicals necessary to develop his images. Whether David created art or puttered in his garden, he was fully engaged in the present moment. He loved nothing more than meeting people and talking with friends, often being the life of the party. He was kind, loyal, generous and extremely funny. He was socially gifted, always eager to get to know new people as he held on to old friends. As a result he shared his joy, inspiration and humor with many people, near and far. When David got sick there was a tremendous outpouring of love and support for him and his family from the many communities he was a part of. Friends, colleagues, neighbors and kind strangers contributed with food, gifts, services, friendship and moral support. The kindness and generosity we met was astonishing, and made the most difficult time of our lives filled with unexpected grace and beauty. We are most grateful. His Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, November 30 at The First Parish in Concord. In lieu of flowers tax gifts in his memory may be made to the Concord-Carlisle Scholarship Fund (CCSF) c/o David Prifti Memorial Scholarship Fund, PO Box 217, Concord, MA 01742-0217 www.ccscholarshipfund.org Arrangements under the care of Glenn D. Burlamachi, CONCORD FUNERAL HOME, Concord. To share a memory or offer a condolence visit: www.concordfuneral.com

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Published in The Lincoln Journal from Nov. 28 to Dec. 5, 2011.
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November 30, 2011
Mr. Prifti was and remains a source of inspiration for me. I was his student for 4 years and will never forget how much he taught me not only about photography and video production, but more so about how to get the best out of people. RIP Prifti.
November 29, 2011
The Prifti Family,
Our sincere condolences for the loss of David, God Bless Him and Your family. With Love, Steve, Tefta, Ron, Rich, Terry Bushka and Families
November 29, 2011
Dear Monika, I extend my deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to you, your children and Dave's family. My memories of Dave will always be sunny, full of his warmth and charm, his incredible talent and sharp mind. May he rest in peace.
Merry Day
November 29, 2011
Jim and Dorothy,
Dave had to be brave to endure the pain of a terrible illness for so many years. The comfort of having his wife and children, and his parents and siblings by his side gave him that will.

Our deepest sympathy, and may his memory forever be eternal.
Peter and Dianna Kaplanes
November 29, 2011
Mr. Prifti is one of the kindest, most supportive people I've ever known. He will always be in my heart.
November 29, 2011
It was a pleasure to meet Dave, when he stopped by my barn,and spent hours with me ,teaching me the "Tintype " process I knew that I was in extraordinary company, and shall never forget him .John Nickols .
John Nickols
November 28, 2011
I was a student at CCHS, and while I never took a class with Mr. Prifti, I had a couple classes in his studio and noticed how all the students loved him and looked up to him. He always seemed so cheerful and positive. My deepest condolences to his family.
Erika Smith
November 28, 2011
I went to junior high with David and remember him as a nice kid, a bit goofy, but nice. Condolences to you all and take comfort in knowing he has gone on to his great reward.
Christine Sviklas
November 28, 2011
I remember David's talent and infectious spirit with warmth and simpatico. So glad you, Amanda and Lucas have each other to continue that love.
All best to you,
Diane Dion
November 28, 2011
Hi Monica Im very sorry lots of love to you and the children God Bless
if I can do anything for you please call 508 654-9991 David was a good Man. Sincerely Larry Trapasso
November 27, 2011
November 27, 2011
Our deepest sympathy during this difficult time. It was a gift to know Mr. Prifti as a teacher and an artist. In addition to his educational achievements he was a graduate of "The School of Life" with highest of honors bestowed upon him.
The Finn Family
November 27, 2011
We remeber David as a unique,and creative person with a great heart and wonderful sense of humor, who loved his family and had a passion for his gift to create deep and meaningful art.
Love, Phil, Sally, Kristin, Arian, Matt and Olive
Phil & Sally Giantris
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