David M. Thorp
THORP, David M. Of Medfield, January 9, 2011. Beloved husband of Barbara (Staszesky) Thorp. Loving father of Catherine, Nicholas and Gabrielle. Cherished Didi of Cecilia and Mary-Clare. Brother of Burnham and Mark Thorp both of Canada and the late Matthew Thorp. Son of the late David and Dorothy Thorp and Son-in-law of Frank and Barbara Staszesky of Plymouth. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Edward the Confessor Church, 133 Spring St, Medfield on Saturday January 15th at 11:00am. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held in the Church on Friday January 14th from 3:00 - 8:00pm. Interment Mt. Benedict Cemetery, West Roxbury. David was the Director of Catholics Come Home for the Archdiocese of Boston. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in David's name to Catholics Come Home, 66 Brooks Dr., Braintree, MA 02184. Holden-Dunn and Lawler Funeral Home www.hdlfuneralhome.net 781-326-0074

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Dear Barbara, Catherine, Nicholas, and Gabrielle,
I learned today about your husband and dad's going on ahead. I am so sorry for our loss, but I give God thanks for the gift of David's life among us. When years ago he wrote wonderful daily reflections on Scripture for Share The Word magazine and we'd chat by phone or email, Medfield to Washington, he would talk about you. I got to know you in his accounts of what you were doing. What a beautiful family you all are, in God's love.
With blessings,
Connie Neuman
November 16, 2011
Dear Barbara,
I was saddened to hear of David's sudden death.
I can't imagine how the pain of his passing has devastated you and your children. David was a very caring and sincere Christian who touched many, many lives - including my own - with his dynamic faith and witness.
I pray that God, who is close to the brokenhearted will hold you and your family in the tender and healing embrace of His love.
I thank God for David's life and witness and I pray that God will take him to Himself so that David will now experience the peace and wholeness of God's presence which he so longed for.

You, your children and loved ones are in my thoughts and prayers.

Joe O'Brien
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Maite, Guam
Joseph O'Brien
February 18, 2011
Hi my name is Archie P. Chisholm from Margaree Forks ,Nova Scotia
Canada .David was guest speaker at our Catholic Charistmatic Conference at M.A. U.Sackville New Brunswick about two years ago.
We had dinner together on saturday afternoon that weekend. David was a great speaker
February 1, 2011
Sincere sympathy to David's family. He;s been such an inspiration to us, in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in Atlantic Canada. God's blessings and peace. jean Blades, Shelburne, nova Scotia
Jean Blades
January 27, 2011
My deepest and sincere sympathy to the family of David Thorp.

As a member of the Archdiocese of Boston Black Catholic Choir, it was an honor for me, and I'm sure all of us, to take part in the celebration of his life at the Mass of Resurrection. Thank you so much for the invitation.

May your happy memories sustain you in your time of sorrow and always.
Ruth Andrews
January 24, 2011
Dear Mrs. Thorp and family,
I am just one of the thousands who met this beautiful human being on fire with Gods wisdom and love. I was an attendee of his PRAYER FOR HEALING classes at Betania II and will never forget him. God bless him and you and all you love and endeavor. Karen Koza
January 22, 2011
Dear Barbara & Family. I was very saddened to hear of your loss. Although I have not been a part of your family, I remember many fun times with my coursin David and his brothers in SS Marie. Our paths went in different directions many years ago, but I have kept in touch with Burnie and my Aunt Alice over the years asking about David and his life. I hope you will find much comfort in your friends and family to go forth in your own journey's. I am sure David would want only the very best for your all. Sincerely Charlene Thorp
Charlene Thorp
January 22, 2011
Dear Barbara My heart mourns with yours. I first met you and David at the Espousal Center. You were both so very warm and kind. I loved listening to david's talks, especially his sharings about Nicklaus . Who was a baby at the time. May the peace of Christ be with you and your family , and may the loving spirit of David remain with you all.
Adele LaFleur
January 19, 2011
Dear Barbara,
I am so sorry for your loss. David was alway cheerful, and upbeat, and eager to take on the challenges of the day. He was always pleasant to work with. -tom arena, helpdesk
January 18, 2011
Dear Thorp Family,

David was an amazing man and now I'm sure we have an amazing intercessor in Heaven. I would like to offer up my condolences to your family.

David has brought me into the faith indirectly and has directly helped me continue to grow in the faith. David evangelized my mom in the renewal in the early 90's and has most recently been a guest speaker at several events I went to in the Archdiocese.

David and his love for the faith will be missed. 

May the love of God console you, and may his Holy Sprit strengthen you.

In the love of Christ,
Paul Alain Albert
January 17, 2011
Dear Barbara, Love and blessings to you and the family at this time of great sorrow. David would know why God intervenes as He does, but I am not as close to the Lord as he was and is.
,I also know he will be interceding for us. We will all miss him.Blessings.
..Deacon Rick and Clara Hartnett Amherst, N.S. Canada.
January 17, 2011
My deepest sympathy to Barbara, Catherine, Nicholas, and Gabrielle.

Your husband and Father was an outstanding man of God.

He is a "great" loss to the Church that He loved and served so well. His Mass of Resurrection attested to this. I know that He rests in the peace of the Lord - may it comfort you to know this.

I served with David on the New England Liaisons' gatherings, and I was always impressed by his enthusiasm and zeal for the Lord.

May God's healing love we with you.

Sincerely,


Sr. Catherine Marie Walsh, RSM
Worcester Diocese
January 17, 2011
To the Thorpe Family,
Our sincere sympathy is with you all! We have very fond memories of David. He was a great teacher of scripture, always pleasant and kind to us when we called and asked his assistance in attending events in Medway. He always made our situation seem like "no big problem. The whole Christian community mourns your loss!
Sheila & Nancy Nolan
January 17, 2011
Please know, Barbara, that the Bachiochi family is praying for you and your family at this difficult time. I never met your husband but continue to hear amazing things of him. The Catholic community grieves with you...
Erika Bachiochi
January 16, 2011
Dear Barbara,

My sympathy on Davids passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Bill Quinn
January 16, 2011
The Catholic Community at Norfolk Prison will cherish the memory of Davids passion for God's tremendous love and mercy.. and for the many ways that he shared the gift of God's wisdom with us when he was a prison volunteer. Our prayers are with you Barbara, and your dear family during this very difficult time.
MCI Norfolk Catholic Community
January 15, 2011
Dear Barbara and family,
Today you are celebrating your lovely man for all of us who are glad he came our way. Your loss is greater, but, we know he will receive the promise he and we all hope for.
Grace and Peace, Al Larkin
Al Larkin
January 15, 2011
January 15, 2011
Dear Barbara, Family, Friends of David Thorp,

My deep condolences in the loss of David. He was truly a good and holy man who loved his family and his faith. Your loss is shared by the many people who were graced by his kindness and ministry. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Sr. Susan Wolf, SND
January 15, 2011
Barbara, just wanted you to know that my prayers are with you and your family. This is a great loss for all of you. Linda Connors,MC
January 14, 2011
Dear Barbara and Family,You are in our thoughts,love and prayers during this difficult time.
Sr.Josephine & Celeste
Sr.Josephine Fallon
January 14, 2011
I want to extend my deepest sympathy to David’s family. As you know, he certainly made quite a contribution during his lifetime, and everyone that knew him or knew of him was inspired in a special way. Although I only met David a few weeks ago at a Catholics Come Home meeting, I found him to be a very knowledgeable person, a powerful speaker and listener, and someone with tremendous faith who so desperately wanted everyone not only to hear the message of Catholics Come Home but also to spread the Good News everywhere. He will surely be missed.
Jean Cahill
January 14, 2011
We are both shocked and saddened by David's death. Our prayers are with David and all his family.

Helen and Jon Taylor
January 14, 2011
Dear Barbara and children,

I was saddened to hear of David's passing. He was a gifted man and moved many hearts with his preachings on the Word of God. David was a guest speaker at our Men's Group (TESTAMENT) at St. John the Evangelist in Hopkinton on two occasions. His words were truly inspirational and deeply touched us. He will be fondly remembered. Please be comforted by knowing he is in a better place. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your entire family.

God Bless You,

Jim Monahan
Jim Monahan
January 14, 2011
Dear Barbara and Family,
David spread the Light of Christ wherever he went.I think that David’s whole life was dedicated to “Coming Home” and helping so many of us to recognize that we were all companions on that journey. His sudden death is startlingly ironic in view of his ministry. I’ve been the beneficiary of his love of and passion for Scripture. His eyes danced when he spoke to groups. His energy and joy were contagious. He humbly and enthusiastically embraced the charism given to him by God. Our WINGS group always eagerly anticipated his presentations. Oh, how we will miss him! Our sense of loss is miniscule compared to the enormous loss each of you is enduring. I know that David has been embraced by Jesus and all the saints. He now transcends time and space but I know he is asking God the Father to comfort each of you. He’s telling Jesus to carry you when the loss is just too much. He respectfully implores the Holy Spirit to heal your broken hearts. He’s asked the Blessed Mother to wrap you in her mantle of love and to protect and nurture each of you.
Ann Chiango
January 14, 2011
Dear Barbara and children,
I was saddened to hear of David's sudden passing. It is difficult to understand God's mysterious ways in taking a man like David home at such a young age. He made so many valuable contributions to the Church beyond being a wonderful husband and father. In particular I remember a beautiful talk he gave at Franciscan University of Steubenville one summer. He used the life of St.Peter and the life of St. Paul to explain the importance of the institutional and charismatic dimensions of the Church. It was the best talk of the conference. David is a man who made a difference in this world for the better and he will be missed.
Yours in Christ,
Mark Nehrbas
January 14, 2011
Barbara and family - David will be greatly missed but, we all know that he is sitting amongst the angels now. I'll never forget his exuberance when teaching the RCA folks at St. Patrick's. It was such a spiritual time for me and all there that I will always treasure.
Joanmarie Goodwin
January 14, 2011
Dear Barbara and Family, you have been blessed with a humble, holy husband and father. David was a faithful servant of the Lord who did his work with gratitude and thanksgiving for the many gifts he received from the Holy Spirit. He was a true witness to the Faith and was truly what it means to be a Holy Christian man in the Lord. We trust that he is in the glorious light of the Lord. May David's light shine on in all the hearts that knew and loved him.
Peace and Blessings, Florence Higgins(Bourne, Ma.)
January 14, 2011
Dear Barbara and family: Please accept my deepest sympathy on the death of your dear husband and father David. Sudden death is extremely difficult. Please know you are in my prayers during this difficult and sad time. Jane Crimlisk
January 14, 2011
May your faith in God get you through this trying time. And have strength in knowing that he is with God, celebrating with Him for eternity!
Much Love,
Jennifer and Anni Garden
January 14, 2011
I first saw David in his office at the diocese years ago when I was there for other business. I was drawn into his office to introduce myself because he had a huge poster. I believe it was on the names of Jesus, but I could be mistaken. In 1990-1991 I was enrolled in the Master Teacher evangelization track in Newton. David was by far the best teacher I have ever had and certainly ever remembered. My particular ministry today is to former Catholics wherever I meet them, often at the beach. I give them a bible verse on a watercolor with my contact information. Because of David I am on fire and my fire will be even greater now. He will surely be sorely missed by so many. I am proud to say I have known him, not just of him. He put his all into whatever he did. God bless all of you and hold you in the palm of His hand.
Ginny Allen
January 14, 2011
Dear Barbara and family: Our deepest sympathy to you all at this sad time of the loss of David. Al and I were in David's scripture study classes in Holliston and benefited very much from his insight into God's word. He will be sorely missed in the community of faith. Sincerely, Al and Rita Allegretto
January 14, 2011
What a colossal loss!! A great, great man of God who touched so many lives. It was always such a blessing to be in David's presence. His piercing eyes radiated such love!! He was a great teacher. I heard him speak at many conferences and workshops. David was a great gift to the Church. He will continue to love his family and all of us as he rejoices with our Lord in heaven. Peace and love to Barbara and his family.
bill croke
January 14, 2011
Barbara, Catherine and all. Please be assured of the Bettinelli family prayers for all of you. Words can not begin to express....
John Bettinelli
January 13, 2011
Dear Barbara,
We are so saddened by the lost of your dear David. You well know that he brought the Word of God and the Love of Christ to so many of us and we are all spiritually enriched because of his life. You and your children are in our prayers as we ask the Lord to comfort you at this sorrowful time. We are with you in spirit and offer you our love and support.
Marilyn and Rod Birnie
January 13, 2011
Dear Barbara,

You probably already know this, but it bears repeating: "we've already won." It's what you said to me when I was totally down and thought the world was not worth it. To say that this is a tough time for you and your family is an understatement, I know, but try, when you can, to remember: "we've already won."

Much love,

Kelly
Kelly Thatcher (Clark)
January 13, 2011
I MET DAVID YEARS AGO AT MARION SPIRITUAL LIFE CENTER. HE WAS SO NICE AND HELPED ME WITH MY JOURNEY OF FAITH. I AM SO SORRY OF HIS SUDDEN DEATH. GOD WANTED HIM HOME, HE DID HIS JOB HERE ON EARTH AND TOUCHED SO MANY PEOPLES LIVES. THANKYOU DAVID ..MAY YOU BE IN HIS ETERNAL LIGHT AND GLORY TILL WE MEET AGAIN. PRAY FOR US AND HEAR US.
ASHLEY
January 13, 2011
Dear Barbara,

Please accept my sincere condolences. I am so truly sorry for your loss. My hope is that your faith and the wonderful memories of David will help you and your family to get through this most difficult time.
Mary Meehan Carnevale
January 13, 2011
Dear Barbara and Family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. David touched so many lives with the light of faith. We have been forever enriched by knowing him.
In love and friendship,
Henry & Marianne Luthin
January 13, 2011
Dear Barbara and Family
January 13, 2011
Dear Barbara,
My deepest sympathies and most heartfelt prayers for you and your children at this time of great loss. Please be assured of my continued prayers for you all.
God's Peace and My Love,
Fr. Paul
Fr. Paul Ring
January 13, 2011
Dear Thorp Family,
May The Peace & Grace of Our Lord Jesus be with You & David Forever <
rob cerundolo
January 13, 2011
Barbara, my thoughts and prayers are with you. May your faith sustain you through this loss.
Janet Egan
January 13, 2011
Sending our deepest sympathy, love, and prayers to your family. We are here for you.
Erin, Tarrant, Kay & Thomas Sibley
January 13, 2011
My condolences and prayers at this sad time. David was a great teacher. May the Lord comfort and strengthen you at this difficult time.

marika
marika donders
January 13, 2011
Barbara we extend our deepest sympathy and prayers for you and your family during this difficult time. David was and will always be an inspiration of his wonderful excitement and praise of Jesus. May his spirit join with all the saints in Heaven at the great banquet table with the Lord and may we all benefit from his life and dedication to the power of the Holy Spirit.

All our love and prayers
Jack and Marie Hagenbuch
January 13, 2011
Dear Barbara and family,
Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this sad time.Winston and Betty.
Winston Betty Hoddy
January 13, 2011
Barbara, Catherine, Nicholas, Gabrielle and Family,
Our hearts ache for your loss and although our minds are slow to comprehend, we know that David’s light still shines brightly in our lives. Our friendship was eternally sealed in the Body of Christ (Corpus Christi Parish). As extended family there is not one request that if asked we would not faithfully seek to fulfill. All of us live in God’s love yet David had a fuller understanding of how to respond to that Love. May you be comforted by the legion that David inspired, renewed, prayed with and taught. He always answered God’s call and went wherever the need may have been. He was Christ’s ambassador. We kneel with you in prayer, friendship and love that the Great Comforter will heal your pain and you will know the same Peace that David now enjoys with Christ.
Marti and Ron Piro and Family
January 13, 2011
To Barbara and family, sincere thoughts and prayers for you all. I was blessed to have studied with David years ago in the evangelization program. The lessons learned from this gifted man have served me well. God bless you all.
Gerrie Milgroom
January 13, 2011
Dearest Barbara & Family,

We were saddened to hear of the sudden death of David. Please know that our thoughts and prayers will be with you during this difficult time.

Love and prayers,

Dick and Janet Corrigan
dick corrigan
January 13, 2011
Barbara and all of David Thorp's family we send our prayers at this time. We have attended retreats and sessions where David has been a speaker. He was a man of God and a witness of God's Word. We thank you for sharing David with us for so many years as he taught us to walk with Jesus. Psalm 23 and God Bless you all.
george and ginny pagliuca PTL
January 12, 2011
Barbara and all of David Thorp's family we send our prayers at this time. We have attended retreats and sessions where David has been a speaker. He was a man of God and a witness of God's Word. We thank you for sharing David with us for so many years as he taught us to walk with Jesus. Psalm 23 and God Bless you all -george &ginny pagliuca PTL
January 12, 2011
Barbara and all of David Thorp's family we send our prayers at this time. We have attended retreats and sessions where David has been a speaker. He was a man of God and a witness of God's Word. We thank you for sharing David with us for so many years as he taught us to walk with Jesus. Psalm 23 and God Bless you all -george &ginny pagliuca PTL
January 12, 2011
The Daughters of St. Paul want to offer special condolences and prayers. We will always remember David who shared a great passion for the Word of God and for evangelization. To Barbara and family- we share your loss and ask Our Lord to comfort you in your sorrow.
With prayers,
Sr. Susan James and Sisters
Daughters of St. Paul, Jamaica Plains, MA
Daughters of St. Paul
January 12, 2011
Barbara and children, We are stunned and saddened to hear of David's passing. This is an incalculable loss to all of you, and also a loss to all who knew him. We knew David from the Marian Center and he was always warm, kind, and enthusiastic. God has a special place in heaven for him! You and your entire family will be in our prayers. Peace & blessings, Carol and Jim Purtell
Jim & Carol Purtell
January 12, 2011
Barbara and children, We are stunned and saddened to hear of David's passing. This is an incalculable loss to all of you, and also a loss to all who knew him. We knew David from the Marian Center and he was always warm, kind, and enthusiastic. God has a special place in heaven for him! You and your entire family will be in our prayers. Peace & blessings, Carol and Jim Purtell
January 12, 2011
Remembering David, Barbara and family in Prayer and Holy Mass.
John and Connie Cronin
January 12, 2011
I can't imagine what it will be like for all of you to say goodbye to David. He has been a good friend and a true brother in ministry for thirty years. You have our prayers. May the Lord be with you all, as you sort out all the memories and tackle all the spiritual struggles ahead.

In the peace of Jesus.
Therese Boucher
January 12, 2011
Barbara, Catherine, Nick, and Gabrielle,
We are so very sorry for your loss. David was a phenomenal person and will be missed by many. You will remain in our thoughts and prayers, especially at this very difficult time.
All our love, Katie Aucoin Magni and family
January 12, 2011
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