David  Briggs Sr (April 16, 1947 - May 03, 2023)

In loving memory of
David Briggs Sr
  • April 16, 1947
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  • May 03, 2023

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David M. Briggs Sr., 76, died May 3rd, 2023, in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, after a lengthy battle with ALS.​​

David was born in Natick, MA on April 16, 1947, ​

to Charles Romeo Briggs of New Bedford, MA and Gunda Lillehagen of Norway. David graduated from Wellesley High School in 1965 and became a union carpenter’s apprentice for a short period of time. After serving 4 yrs. as a special purpose equipment mechanic in the Air Force, he joined the Wellesley Fire Department. After 30 years as a firefighter, he retired in 2000 and moved to Alton, NH with his wife Donna. In 2017, he decided to live his dream and traveled the country with Donna in their RV.​​

David is preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Elizabeth Tanous, his brothers Harold O. Briggs and Charles R. Briggs Jr, a nephew Larry Briggs, and a great nephew Charles Briggs.​​

He is survived by his wife of 35 years Donna (Holliday) Briggs; his children: Karyn (Steve) Dorcas of Sudbury, MA, David (Jeana) Briggs Jr. of Chester, MA, Jillian (Douglas) Shaw of Littleton, MA, Jennifer (Brandon) Gallion of Ft. Walton Beach, FL, Geoffrey (Daneena) Scholl of Belgrade, MT. He is also survived by his fourteen grandchildren: Courtney and Stephanie Dorcas; Bow, Boone, Brewtus, and Badger Briggs; Carter and Charlotte Shaw; Brian Hansen, Christopher, and Brenna Gallion; Theodore, Benedict, and Alphonsus Scholl, and many nieces and nephews.​

David always loved a good party, and he requested that a celebration of life be held after his passing instead of a formal funeral. This memorial, as designed by David himself, is meant to emphasize the “celebration” in the Celebration of Life. David did not want his family, friends, and loved ones to mourn his death – rather, to honor his memory and to commemorate a life that profoundly impacted everyone he encountered. The celebration will be held at the Natick VFW, on May 25, 2023 at 6pm. ​

After losing a loved one, it is incredibly comforting to hear how they made an impact while they were alive. Whether through their work, friendships, or otherwise, no memory is too small to ease the grief of loss. We are hoping you will take a moment to share a thought, favorite memory, funny story, or how David left his mark on your life during the celebration.​

Wear your party shoes, bring your koozies, and your memories of David.

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  1. Jann Beaton furlong says:
    07 Jan 2024
    Dave .. u were the best of the best❤️ loved u since I was 16.. always my buddy.. always there when I needed u…. I am in such shock .. I can’t believe u passed and no one told me.. u know I would have been there..u did not deserve ALS.. u will forever and ever be in my heart.. see u on the other side ❤️❤️❤️ god bless u , Donna ..

  2. Kaitlyn Ray says:
    17 May 2023
    I regret never telling Uncle David that he was the closest thing I had to a father. He was always the person I thought would walk me down the aisle at my wedding. Compartmentalizing, anxiety, and fear always kept me from sharing that with him or anyone and will be one of my biggest regrets forever.
    The only positive thing about my choice to ignore his sickness is that my memories of him will always be of a healthy, happy, genuinely kind and understanding person that would do anything to help our little family no matter how big or small.
    I'd like to think he understood and preferred it that way. This disease could not have taken a worse person.
    It was always the running joke in the family at the lake house not to be last person around the bonfire with him unless you were ready for a serious heart to heart . Now I'm sure all of us would give anything for just one more. ❤️

  3. Kayla Briggs says:
    14 May 2023
    Uncle David was a beloved member of our family, and my entire family created so many life-long memories because of my Uncle David and his wife Donna. So many of those memories were at their lake-side home in New Hampshire, where David orchestrated a 4th of July party every year. Every year he somehow managed to be a host, firefighter, fireworks specialist, boat captain, family member, and more on that day; it just came naturally to him with no sweat. I am so grateful for all the memories of being whipped around on an inner tube behind the boat with my cousins and David at the wheel, incredible fireworks display, and all the other stuff we got up to in New Hampshire. I will miss Uncle David dearly♥️
    -his niece, Kayla Briggs

  4. Marc Annicelli says:
    12 May 2023
    I always admired how David treated me and his nephew's friends like part of the family. You always knew if you were in trouble, he was the kind of guy you could count on to not just help, but trust. He would speak to us like we were all the same. I was blessed to have had the chance to speak to him a few years ago. We laughed and joked. And though years had past since I last saw him, I believe it was hunting camp in VT, it was like no time passed. He knew our group, our antics and it felt like family. I remember David and Mr. Brigg's at the Ashland Fish and Game having a beer together. It was like a right of passage being with them and accepted as young men. And I'll always remember (or it will be pointed out to me if I don't), it was David's home in Framingham when he was away, that me and the boys got intimately acquainted with "Miller." I wish I got to know David more in the later years. I know he knows how much respect I had for him. that's good to know. Rest in peace. Thanks for being you.

  5. Thomas D. Balboni says:
    12 May 2023
    I knew David since I was 14yrs. He and my brother Ricky were best friends. David was like a second brother. They would take me along sometimes and show me "right from wrong". Once in a while I would even get a case of Knickerbocker. Be at rest my friend. You will be missed!

  6. Barbara Ring says:
    11 May 2023
    David Briggs Sr. is my ex-son-in-law, the Dad of my grandchildren: Karyn Dorcas, David Briggs Jr., Jillian Shaw, grandfather to my great grandchildren: Karyn, David, Jillian and great- grandchildren, Courtney, Stephie, Bow, Boone, Brewtis, Badger, Carter and Charlotte. David was always an active Dad to his family who will miss him.
    Our loving sympathy to all who loved him. May he R.I.P.
    Barbara & Joseph Ring

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  11. Peter Wier says:
    10 May 2023
    Rest in peace, David, will always remember the good times had at the PFFM conventions in Hyannis.
    Peter Wier

  12. Gretchen Colwell says:
    10 May 2023
    I have fond memories of Dave from the Salty Dawg in Homer Split, Alaska. Your cross country road trip was an inspiration. Lots of love to you , Donna.

    Gretchen (Colwell) Beaudoin

  13. Paul Russell says:
    10 May 2023
    I was friends with David as soon as I could walk up the street by myself. Dave, his mom and dad were the only people that I never asked to "please stop calling me Paullie". So many good memories. Sledding in his back yard. Shooting 22's. His pet squirrel that he brought to Perrin School. Going to N.H. with his family (during hurricane Carol) we were trapped by fallen trees along the road for several days. Getting our Tongues stuck on a cold padlock in N.H. Skating on Reeds Pond. The annual bon fire of old Christmas trees. Vodka injected into oranges in the high school parking lot. He was a great friend and his parents were so nice. I will miss the Facebook pictures of his adventures in the camper. A friendship I will always cherish.
    Paul "Paullie" Russell

  14. Susan Heerde McGillivray says:
    10 May 2023
    Dave was always a happy guy, smiling with a twinkle in his eyes and he loved to laugh. Great memories of him in high school.
    I'm very sorry for your loss.

  15. Robert clement says:
    10 May 2023
    David was one of the guys who lived the brotherhood of firefighters
    Always working to make everything better for all of us
    Friendly loyal and professional
    I will miss him but always greatful to have known and worked with him
    Bob Clement

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