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David Leonard Melpignano ,70

 David Leonard Melpignano, beloved father, son, brother, friend, coach, and teacher, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at his home in Groton, MA on July 20, 2021. He was 70 years old. He leaves behind his adoring children, Sarah Melpignano Tsoi and her husband Sam, John Melpignano, and the light of his life, his grandson Caiden David Tsoi. David is the son of the late Joseph and Velia (Andreano) Melpignano, brother of Richard Melpignano of Enfield, CT and Ann Robichaud of Milford, MA, and longtime companion of Janice Mancuso Hurst of Milford, MA.  David was married from 1977 to 2005 to Paula Roberts Melpignano of Schenectady, NY with whom he had their children, Sarah and John. 

David grew up in Milford, MA, where he made lifelong friendships with his classmates. He went to Colby College where he graduated with a degree in English, then continued to the University of Bridgeport to receive a Master’s degree in Educational Media and Technology. He went on to Boston University for a Ph.D. in Educational Media and Technology and finished all but his dissertation before he began working in the field he loved, video. He started his own video production company in the early 80s which he ran successfully for more than 30 years, creating the first large stock footage library in the country. Throughout his life, he taught at universities and high schools all over the state including Bridgewater State College, Boston College, Boston University, Worcester State University, Franklin Pierce, and Groton Dunstable High School. He continued his teaching on the baseball field and coached at all levels of the game. Some of his best memories are from the year he took his American Legion team to the state tournament where they came in second place, having only lost that one game all season.

David leaves behind a legacy of storytelling, education, community engagement, creativity, a peculiar affinity for the bizarre and inappropriate, and an unapologetic disregard for all things authority. Described as ‘the man who has been 18-years old his entire life’ by his closest friends, David brought humor and adventure everywhere he went. As the self-professed Guardian of the Highways, he taught his children how to race cars home on a road trip, get a good “burn” going to get rid of the leaves, and how to elude the police while setting off fireworks. He was also never without some snack in his pockets just in case he got hungry. He taught his children, his students, and his players how to think critically and approach every situation like it was game day.

David was curious, mischievous, inquisitive, creative, and proud of his accomplishments. He was a lover of all storytelling, but mostly in the medium of film. David’s work in the film industry was not only his business but his passion. David’s creative intelligence was evident in how he spoke, produced his films, and in his unparalleled sense of humor. David’s charisma was unassuming and never failed to make others smile and more often make them laugh. His pride in his children was contagious - never shy about their accomplishments and their character, David would be the first to tell you how much he loved and adored them.  

The love and admiration that David received throughout his life from his hundreds of lifelong friends, and former students and players is the greatest example of his impact and the legacy of fun and adventure he leaves behind him. He will be painfully missed and never forgotten by the people that were so blessed to have known him.

There are no calling hours. The funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Funeral arrangement are under the direction of the Consigli Ruggerio funeral Home 46 Water St. Milford MA

Memorial contribution can may be made to the Play Ball Foundation in his name at

David will be having a private burial for his family on August 4 to be followed by a celebration of life at noon at the Hoboken Club at 252 Central St, Milford, MA. All are welcome to celebrate his incredible life. A second celebration will take place, details to follow.

Guest Book

Just heard of this sad event a year later today July 20th 2022. I saw a post on FB by his sister. A shock to me. I worked with David at Groton High School on a few videos for my French students and I. It was a lot of fun and we had planned to reconnect after I retired (June 2021) for a promo video for me eventually, but I didn’t even have a chance. I’m so saddened by this sudden passing. I had no idea. I just learned about it today. My condolences to his family. What a loss!
Dominique Sutherland

Dave, I can’t begin to tell you how sorry I am. You were a major part of my learning experience in Boston (West Roxbury). No one would ever believe the Horror stories from our living at the Trading Post on Park Street. Great to have met you. Your friend, Rob Lewis. Oh by the way, I live in Vegas now (long story)
Rob Lewis

I remember Dave's smile and his welcoming manner in the years I worked with him. One of the nicest guys I had worked with in my production and post-production career. My prayers and thoughts are with his family and close friends.
Christopher Palazini

Sad to hear of Davids unexpected departure from our lives. A friend to everyone and a unique personality in our class. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.
Stephanie Anne Atanian

David, so sad. I’ll never forget our time together on Joe Stoico’s worst team ever! How about our midnight raid on that bump at third base?! Sincere regards to Janice.
Steve Kedski

Dearest Sarah, Sam, Johnny and Paula There are no words to express the extreme loss and the hole in my heart. Dave was a partner, confidant and most important a friend. He was always there for me and I him. There are no words. Do what he would want you to do and that is to continue to do what he taught us all. Carry on and do it with a smile.
Melody St. John

David, I will forever be grateful to the sincere attention, compassion and support you freely gave to my children as their teacher and friend. I hold you and your family in my heart.
Susie Duffy

David, we were classmates, friends and teammates, I’m beyond sad that this has happened, and so suddenly. We all ragged on each other, laughed a lot, sometimes engaging in a bit of mischief 🤔! You were the glue that kept our reunions going, your expertise and cooperation were the key, alongside the girls whose dedication made it all work. Not that you ever minded working with girls! Hopefully you’re in a good place, if so I will see you there… but not yet 😟
Chuck Longo

David, I can't believe you are gone, but I'll never forget your last words. Thank you for your friendship these past years and mentoring of my daughter these last couple of months. You touched her life in a permanent way and gave her encouragement and guidance in pursuing her passion. That is a gift that I wasn't sure how to repay, and now I never can. I am eternally grateful to you. You will be missed, my friend. -M
Meghan V.

David, it was great to share the journey with you. See you on the other side my friend.
John Calagione

From the moment I came to Boston to work, Dave was there. His humor, thoughtfulness and just plain "yeah, I can get that" attitude was welcome every day. He was a man that I could appreciate more than many in the film business. He shall be missed.
Don Packer

RIP, Dave. Talented, knowledgeable, bright, and generous, you freely shared your considerable gifts, with so many of us, your friends, associates and students. We will sorely miss the camaraderie, insight, and sense of humour you brought to our lives.

Coach, You helped me keep my head on straight as a young man. I will always cherish those years of my life on the baseball field with you and our teams. Thank you for always believing in me.
Kenneth Frodyma

Rest In Paradise My Friend !
Mary Ramaskewich Costa

Rest In Paradise My Friend !
Mary Ramaskewich Costa

My dearest Sarah, Our hearts go out to you, John and your entire family. I remember meeting and chatting with your Dad at your wedding. What a delightful personality who so obviously loved his children. I am so glad that he got to spend time with Caiden to hear his laughter, see him walking and hearing some of his first words and to witness your joy as a mother. Love you. Loujeania and Elijah Baker
Loujeania W Baker

We graduated MHS together and shared most all classes. David was so handsome and popular and yet he was everyone's good friend. Kind soul. Reconnecting with him on Facebook, he always had a very smart or humorous slant on life. Cannot believe there's still life without our Dave. Love and peace to all who knew and loved him.
Claire Bertorelli Pickett

our sincere condolences to rick and family. david was a great guy to be around. may he rest in peace. amen
bob and rossella minichiello sr.

Sad to hear the news of Dave's passing. My sincere condolences to his family and many friends and may he rest in peace.
Dave Grillo

My friend and classmate you always had a smile on you face. You will truly be missed by all that knew you RIP
Vincent J Cifizzari

David, your last words to me will never be forgotten. I along with many others will miss you forever. Enjoy eternity in the same way you enjoyed your time here. Hope to see you again (but not too soon)
F’in Jooooooooooe

David, your last words to me will never be forgotten. I along with many others will miss you forever. Enjoy eternity in the same way you enjoyed your time here. Hope to see you again (but not too soon)
F’in Jooooooooooe

David. My brother. My best friend. I feel as if one-half of me is missing. My love for you is all encompassing and never ending. Thank you for the laughs, the discussions and the 70 years we spent together. Our sister Ann and I will always think of you with respect, love and lots of laughs. You are now with Mommy and Daddy. I'm sure that as soon as Daddy saw you, he admonished you: "Hey, David. Get a haircut." You were the best brother anyone could have.
Rick Melpignano

I will miss you all the days of my life David. Rest In Peace. Pamela
Pamela Gonsalves-Arpin

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