David A. Gangi

Died: 2017-04-26
Resided in: Topsfield & Newbury, MA
Viewing type: Visitation
Viewing location: Mackey FH Rt 114, 128 S. Main St. Middleton
Viewing date: 2017-05-01 / 3pm-6pm
Service type: Service
Service date: 2017-05-01 / 6pm
Service location: Mackey Funeral Home
Burial type: Private
Burial date:
Contributions: In Lieu of flowers: Masconomet Alumni Association, PO Box 211, Boxford, MA 01921

David A. Gangi, a longtime resident of Topsfield and Plum Island Newbury, passed away peacefully on April 26, 2017. David was born on June 8, 1947 in Ipswich, MA to Anthony and Victoria (Bilzi) Gangi. For many years David was president and CEO of Topsfield Village Shopping Centre and manager of the Family Centre Supermarket. He was also instrumental in the building of Topsfield Crossing and was involved in many community services in the Town of Topsfield. David was a 1965 graduate of Masconomet High School and played on the undefeated 1963 football team. He graduated in 1969 from Boston College and attended Suffolk University Law School. David was a huge sports enthusiast, an avid reader and enjoyed deep sea fishing trips. He was also a dear friend to many and was known for his many elaborate parties. David was predeceased in death by his parents and sister Rosemary Gangi. He is survived by his loving wife of forty years, Cheryl (Ferguson) Gangi and loving cousins, nieces and nephews.


Sorry for your loss. David left us with many, many joyful memories. The Angels are most certainly smiling with you as their new companion. Rest in peace, David. Sincerely, Carolyn Ruocco
Farewell, Chief... thanks for 65+ years of friendship... you were truly "A Legend In Your Own Time"... you were an influence on me throughout my life starting with Proctor Elementary classrooms and playground... You are "The Miracle Man"!
Farewell to one of the good guys. Sorry for the loss to his wife, family and friends. Lynda Reynolds Coffill
Cheryl I am so sorry to read this. David was your husband and friend. So much sadness. Kathy (Toomey) Duke
So sorry for your loss, Cheryl. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
Sorry for your loss, Cheryl. Jane Dean
Dave was a good friend and many times partner in crime, I will miss him dearly and will always remember the good times, his towering intellect and his larger than life personality. No matter whether it was the early years or currently his physical and medical trials he always had a infectious smile and a cryptic comment. I will mis him greatly and always think or the great times we had together, especially at old South Main Street, Topsfield. Rich and Helena Rooney
Cheryl so sorry to hear about your loss. It's been a while since I've seen you, but it feels like just yesterday when we roamed the halls of Fenwick together. Take care of yourself. Sandy Casale
Rest in peace David. You and your smile will be greatly missed. Sincerely, Kevin and Jean Livermore and family
Dear Cheryl. We are so sorry to learn that David has passed, but he is surely at rest in Heaven after a long journey on Earth with Health Problems. Cheryl you took wonderful care of Dave with Love and Encouragement every step of the way. May God bless you and keep you Sent with love and Sympathy to you and Your family. Frank and Peggy Watson
So sorry to hear about David's passing Cheryl He was much loved. My thoughts and prayers are with you Warm hugs Cousin Johnny
Sorry for your loss Cheryl. Glad I had the chance to meet David.
I'm so sorry to hear of your husband's passing, Cheryl. Sending love and warm thoughts your way. Karen Vorel D'Onofrio
Cheryl, so sorry to hear of your loss of David. I remember the early days when every day was an adventure. You have been the most devoted, caring, wife. I can't think of anyone who has been so faithful in the care of their spouse. I hope that the future for you is gentle and caring. With my deepest sympathy Love Kathy Splaine Dolan
Cheryl I am so sad to hear this. My thoughts are with you. GREAT memories of David in his bandana sitting on the porch on Plum Island watching all of us gals sip from the Margarita ball listening to reggae music and him bebopping in his chair with a big smile... Sending you hugs. Pam Doherty
He was a force, a friend, a huge influence in our lives. Growing up on the same street, we all knew him as children. He was larger than life as he ruled the neighborhood on the hill! He would send us running in terror to the basement and specifically the northwest corner to lay low after yelling "air raid, run for your lives!" A good joke on all of us as Mr. Johnson started his new electric lawnmower, the sound new to us. Always a big admirer of David, and being a small town, our lives keep intersecting even as adults. Oh Cheryl, we lost a great one, we all feel sad. He will be remembered fondly by all of us. Hugs, The Denault "kids"
For Cheryl and all of us as we process this so soon after his sister Rosemary's passing. Feel no guilt in laughter, he'd know how much you care. Feel no sorrow in a smile that he is not here to share. You cannot grieve forever; he would not want you to. He'd hope that you could carry on the way you always do. So, talk about the good times and the way you showed you cared, The days you spent together, all the happiness you shared. Let memories surround you, a word someone may say Will suddenly recapture a time, an hour, a day, That brings him back as clearly as though he were still here, And fills you with the feeling that he is always near. For if you keep those moments, you will never be apart And he will live forever locked safely within your heart. ~Unknown poet
Cheryl ~ The above "Unknown Poet" guest book entry was from me. Much love, as always ~❤️~ Dona
I'm so very sorry for your loss, Cheryl. I hadn't seen Dave since I graduated from Masco in 1963, but I always liked him so much 'back in the day'. Plus my brother (Jon Steimen) has kept me up-to-date over the years...particularly about those Plum Island parties :-) With sympathy and sincere best wishes, Kendall (Steimen) Simmons
Cheryl, Heartfelt sympathy being sent to you on the loss of David. I always enjoyed seeing you up at Plum Island. You have been a steadfast caregiver and true love of his life. May he rest in peace. We will celebrate his life with a toast of Sidecars in the near future. Blessings, Vicky Cantlin
Fergy, We are here for you and so sorry for David's passing. Love you lots. Mary Margaret and Marcia
Dear Cheryl .family and friends of the Gangi family. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all.. David was a great guy,one of a kind. Not only did I grow up on th same street with him I and my brothers also worked for him and his Dad at Centre Grocery.I hold many memories of him,his sister Rosemary, who recently passed as well.. He will be missed by so many..God Speed my old friend and God Bless..The Merciers.
Cheryl As I look at this video, it brings tears to my eyes. Just looking at that smile of his brings back all the great memories we had with the two of you. So many great trips with Steven at the wheel in the Suburban, and me, with my camera out the window, yelling "pull over! photo opportunity!" We had the best times together. Got you guys to Belize, on that little plane, with the captain on the internal speaker saying "Did you get a weight on that guy!" Never forget that trip. And so many others. Especially fishing trips. Tarpon fishing with Brad at the 7 Mile bridge. Priceless. David really lived life to it's fullest. So glad I moved into that little town of Topsfield in the 70's and got a job at the Centre Market, and met Steven and you two and all your crazy friends. And that damn country music! Thank you for all the wonderful memories. David will always be in my heart. Love you Cheryl. Karen and Steven Mckeon

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