David Corkery

David Corkery, 57, passed away peacefully surrounded by friends and family Thursday, October 22,
2020 after a hard fought battle with cancer.

David was born in Braintree, Massachusetts on November 2, 1962 to John Corkery Sr. and the late
Janet (Sullivan) Corkery. He is survived by the love of his life, Valerie Corkery, his wife of 33 years,
daughter and son-in-law Meghan Corkery and Robert Reasoner, and his daughter Erin Corkery and
her fiancée John Arnott. David is also survived by his brother John and Mary Corkery and sister Susan
and Barry Collins. He is further survived by numerous brother and sisters in law, Aliece and Dan
Horgan, Robert and Deborah Ridlon, Mark Ridlon, Richard Ridlon, Sandra Connaughton and Jason
Duffy, Gerald Connaughton, Jeanine and Paul Perotti and Michael Ridlon and mother-in-law Alice
Ridlon. He was brother in law to the late Adele and Robert Pitts. He leaves behind numerous and
adoring nieces, nephews and friends.

David had a long and successful career as a master carpenter, a trade for which he had both immense
talent and passion. As a proud union member with J.L. Marshall and Sons, Inc. he put his unparalleled
skills to work on jobs including Gillette Stadium, Fenway Park, Logan Airport, Foxwoods Casino and
his favorite of all, the State Street Financial Center in Boston.

Later in his career he found a home working as a carpenter for the Noble and Greenough School of
Dedham, a community where he formed lasting and meaningful friendships. Here David worked both
on maintaining the beauty of a school he loved and sharing his talents in woodworking with students.
He became more than a beloved carpenter but also a teacher, sharing his endless knowledge and love
of woodcraft with students. As a cherished member of the Nobles family they have always been
unrelenting in their love and support.

David was an outdoorsman in the truest sense. He grew up skiing, sailing, fishing and hunting, all
passions he carried into adulthood. His life of hard work was rewarded in 2018 with the purchase of
his fishing boat, the Irish Wake. He loved setting out at sunrise to Cuttyhunk or through the Cape Cod
Canal in search of the elusive striper or a wicked tuna. David was part captain, part fisherman and
part fishing instructor, sharing his love of nature and the ocean with his family, friends and dogs.
David had an immense love of food and cooking, a love that he shared with his daughters, much to
the benefit of his wife. They could be frequently found experimenting in his test kitchen or going to
Flint Farm for an orange sherbet.

A Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Mary’s Church, 58 Carpenter St., Foxboro on Saturday, 14th November at 11 o’clock, all who wish to join are welcomed. In lieu of flowers, we request donations be made to Dana Farber
Cancer Institute.

Dave will be remembered as a loving husband, devoted father and irreplaceable friend. His life
touched and improved the lives of many and his loss will be felt by all.


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21 Condolences

  1. Joyce Baglioni on October 28, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    My Heartfelt Condolences, Prayers & Sympathies To All Of This Wonderful Family. ❤️ Joyce Baglioni

  2. Kathleen and Matt Sawyer on October 28, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    Val and family – I am so sorry for your loss

  3. Jennifer Dempsey on October 29, 2020 at 12:01 am

    Valerie, Meghan & Erin – my heart is breaking for your wonderful family. Sincerest condolences, and sending much love,
    Jennifer Dempsey

  4. Cynthia Sanford on October 29, 2020 at 1:27 am

    Oh my, I had no idea that David was ill. Please accept my most sincere condolences. I clearly remember when he was born and learning how to diaper him with cloth diapers. I always enjoyed babysitting the 3 children. Their mother, Janet, was a wonderful and devoted mother and friend. This news brings tears to my eyes. I am so, so sorry.

  5. Debby and Richard Cole on October 29, 2020 at 2:05 am

    Valerie, Megan, Erin and Family
    We will always treasure the memories we have of your wonderful family. So grateful to have shared some great times with you and David. Please know our thoughts are with you. So sorry for your loss. Love always, ❤️ Debby and Richard

  6. Linda Keneally on October 29, 2020 at 2:38 am

    So very sorry about David’s passing. My heartfelt condolences to your Family.

  7. Linda Nakasono on October 29, 2020 at 8:13 am

    Our heartfelt sympathies to you Susan and

    all of David’s family and loved ones. I was

    very sad to hear of his passing. Our thoughts,

    love & prayers are with you all at this difficult

    time. With Much Love Linda & Al

  8. Ginny plefka on October 29, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    Valerie & family – I am so sorry for the loss of David. Sincerest condolences, prayers for you and family.

  9. Wendy Puleo on October 29, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Valerie, Meghan and Erin,
    So sorry for your loss! Thinking and praying for you all through these hard times.
    Love to you all,
    Wendy, Jim, John and Katey Puleo

  10. Sharon Keneally Crowell on October 29, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    Susan, my sincere condolences for the loss of your brother David.
    Let your many years of memories guide you through this journey of grief. I hope you find comfort in these memories.

  11. Amy Ricci on October 29, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    Susan and family–my deepest sympathy for the loss of David. I remember him as “the pesky little brother” from our teens, always smiling and full of energy. I imagine he now basks in a perpetual golden sunset on the water, spending eternity in peace and eternal bliss.
    Amy Shangraw RIcci

  12. Jennifer Rice on October 29, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    What an amazing accomplished man and person. He has love and joy in his eyes, although never met him, I see it. His sister Susan loves him deeply as we’ve shared her sorrows and joys. Love, prayers and thoughts to you all during this time.

  13. Erin Corkery on October 30, 2020 at 3:41 am

    Please know, due to Covid complications, the services scheduled for 10/31 have been postponed. We will update as new arrangements are made. Thank you.

  14. Joanne Cox on October 30, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    Valerie, Meghan and Erin- On my walks around the neighborhood I would always see David out in the yard and he would always put down what he was working on and stop and chat for a few minutes. Our main topic of conversation was always our children and how school was going, the jobs you now had and most recently how you were both engaged and getting married this year. It always put a huge smile on his face. Sending love, hugs and prayers to you all. Joanne &Tom Cox

  15. Chris Roposa on October 30, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    Valerie, Meghan & Erin
    My deepest condolences. David was a great man and friend. I will miss him dearly.

  16. Rich Ogilvie on October 31, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    So sorry for the family’s loss. Thoughts and prayers with family, community and friends. Just a friend from WHS class of 80 – RIP

  17. Richard Duffy on October 31, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    We offer our prayers for the repose of David’s soul and the consolation of Valerie, Meghan, Erin and all family members. May his soul Rest In Peace. God bless you. Rich and Doreen Duffy

  18. Richard and Doreen Duffy on October 31, 2020 at 11:40 pm

    We offer our prayers for the repose of David’s soul and the consolation of Valerie, Meghan, Erin and all family members. May his soul Rest In Peace. God bless you. Rich and Doreen Duffy

  19. Michelle Giovino on November 1, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    I am so sorry to hear this news. My condolences to all your family. Know you are in our prayers.

  20. Doc Chanonhouse on November 13, 2020 at 4:48 am

    David was always considerate of other people’s well-being. He was very friendly and most helpful whenever something needed fixing or adjusting in the music rooms of the Arts Building at Nobles. I am happy to have known him. He was a good man.

  21. Tracey McDermott-Styles on November 20, 2022 at 5:30 pm

    Although belated, please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of a terrific son, brother, husband, father and friend. I had no idea until today that David had passed. David was always a joy to be around when I would visit the Westwood home with Susan back in our college days and beyond. My heart breaks for the entire family. May David rest in eternal peace as he watches over his loved ones. 🙏

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