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David P. Laquidara, 67,

 David P. Laquidara, 67, of Woodville, Massachusetts passed away on August 27, 2013 at his home.  He was a resident of Milford for many years prior to moving to Woodville.  Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late John “Trippi” and Eleanor. 
     He is survived by brothers, Charles of Wailea, Hawaii, Pat of Milford and Bill and sister-in-law Roberta of Millville. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews. 
     He was a graduate of Milford High School Class of 1963 and received his bachelor’s degree from Worcester State College. He later received his Master’s degree in education from Cambridge College.  Mr. Laquidara was a well-loved and admired teacher in the Medway school system from 1969 until his retirement in 2003. He was instrumental in developing the 6th grade yearly trip to various environmental campuses where students spent a week testing soils, water samples, dissecting fish and owl pellets, developing survival skills and to “learn and enjoy.”  
     He was a member of the Woodville Rod and Gun Club and volunteered at Hopkinton Middle School and the Public Library.  
     The funeral will be held Friday, September 6, 2013 at 9:30 AM from the Consigli-Ruggerio Funeral Home, 46 Water St., Milford.  A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 AM at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 7 East Main Street, Milford.
     Burial will follow at the parish cemetery. 
    Calling hours will be held on Wednesday from 5 to 8 PM and Thursday from 5 to-8 PM.  
     In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the Medway Middle School environmental trip scholarship fund, 45 Holliston Street, Medway, MA 02053. 

Guest Book

Mr. Laquidara was by far the best teacher I had in Medway. From hatching chicks to the leaf project to "model" time, everything he did was a teaching moment. People still ask me how I know about trees and their leaf....without hesitation I tell them about my sixth grade teacher. Sadly, a part of my youth is gone. Rest in peace.
Michael Sabin

You will truly be missed, Mr. L. When my son reached school age, I quietly hoped all of the teachers he would encounter would be exactly like you. Just one short school year, but you left me and so many people with lifelong memories.
Bob Colosi

You were an amazing teach Mr. Laquidara. Looking back on it, there are some many things I know in this life simply from being in your class, and you never took a moment off from making sure we as students were well prepared to move on in life. I can honestly say that having you as a teacher was one of the greatest memeories of my life, from winning the class competition to doing the leaf project. Thank you for helping me learn and grow as a student and a individual. You will be missed
Michael Griffin (student)

We have all been blessed to have shared time with Dave. He was an incredible man and an awesome teacher. Both of our children were enriched because of Dave's teaching talents. The ducks, chickens, leaf projects and environmental trip will forever be etched in our minds. Our sympathy to all his family.
Mike and Elaine Griffin

Dave, I only knew you in one capacity. Clearly from seeing the messages left by your students I didn't know a lot about you. Rest in peace my friend.
Jodi Carboni.

Sad to lose such a fine, fun, person. Lucky are those who enjoyed his company. I'm sure he's already got an LCR game going somewhere!
Mike Rubino (Medway Schools)

Rest well Mr. Laquidara! You were such a wonderful teacher who was loved by all of his students! I have such fond memories! You will be greatly missed!
Kim (Modica) Salem

Rest well Mr. Laquidara! You were such a wonderful teacher who was loved by all of his students! I have such fond memories! You will be greatly missed! Kim (Modica) Salem
Kim Salem

Dave was such a wonderful person. He will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Rest in Peace.
Nancy Yeomans

At the end of 5th grade, when we were being assigned teachers for the 74-75 year, the unanimous opinion of his former students was "You really want to be in Mr. Laquidara’s class.” I was lucky to be in his 6th grade class and find out for myself what a great teacher and person he was. His enthusiasm and sense of humor made learning fun. When he taught it was like he was sharing the interesting things that he had enjoyed studying. His kindness and encouragement brought out the best in people. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Paul Huckins

Dave was my very good friend for over 40 years. We taught together as well as spent many good times together. He was always there to lend a helping hand. Words cannot express how much Kathy and I will truly miss him.
Joe Cibotti

He was an Awesome teacher and great man. I have many great memories from his class.
Andrew Velardi

The world lost one of the finest educators and human beings when Mr. Laquidara passed away. I had him in sixth grade at Burke School in the early 1980s. HIs genuine enthusiam for learning was contagious. Mr. Laquidara's compassion, caring and concern for all students has left an impression on me and the thousands of students who were fortunate to have known him.
Tracy Balabanis Landry

We are so sad to hear that Dave is no longer with us. He was so thoughtful to buy lemonade from our kids when he probably didn't really want it! We will miss seeing you around the neighborhood, Dave. RIP
The DeLuca family

Had Mr. Laquidara as a teacher very early in his career, i remember a kind and gentle man who made learning fun. God Bless.
Russell Choate

God, thank you for the wonderful gift of Dave. I couldn't have asked for a better teacher, mentor and faithful friend. His teaching style was so creative, nurturing, insightful and humorous. He was one of Medway's finest. We shared many memories over the past 42 years: the excitement of pupils, supportive parents, a dedicated teaching staff, the Lynch/Romsey era of leadership, Conservation School, Lemon Squeeze,Baby Charlie,dorm life haunted stories,Nature's Classroom,Underground Railroad, Voyage of the Mimi, leaf project, creative oral and written ILPs, our trip to Ireland, KMM Easy St.retreats, Washington D.C. just three weeks ago, meeting every Friday for a cup of tea to go over our lessons etc. I and all who were fortunate to experience his passionate ways will dearly miss him.
Ken White

Will miss Dave greatly. Sending prayers for him and his family.
Kathy M. Brush

It was a great pleasure to know Dave. I pray that God bless him and his family have the Peace that passes all understanding.
Larry Curtis

Mr Laquidara was an awesome teacher and human being. He influence generations at Medway and had a huge positive impact on me and my kids. He will be greatly missed. Our prayers go to him and his family.
Craig, Mary, Rachael, & Sarah Lemmler

I met Dave through Woodville Rod & Gun Club. We loved talking about teaching. He was still enthusiastic about it, even in retirement. He was a great resource. My condolences to his family. He was a great person and teacher. The world was a better place because of him.
Cheryl Jurewich

We are so sad to hear that Dave is no longer with us. He was so thoughtful to buy lemonade from our kids when he probably didn't really want it! We will miss seeing you around the neighborhood, Dave. RIP
The DeLuca family

Dave was a great person & friend. I consider myself fortunate to have taught with Dave but more importantly learned from him. Dave had a special way about him & all of us who knew him loved him! He will be missed be us all. Rest in peace Dave. Megan Boland-Morrison
Megan Boland Morrison

The Medway school system was fortunate to have had such a caring and devoted teacher.He was a good friend and co-worker. He has left many happy memories with the students and staff who were fortunate to have known him.Our heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends whose lives were touched by this loss.
Cathie Chenard

Good bye, Dave. Thank you for your good deeds and kind words.
Ed Harrow - neighbor

He dedicated his life to education and enjoyed meeting all his former students, whom he always remembered. I was fortunate to be in his 6th grade class at the Anderson School. It was such a special place. My prayers are with his family and all who worked with him. Special thoughts to the Anderson School family.
Mary O'Brien

In 1972 Mr Laquidara was a young man, I was fortunate to have him as my 6th grade teacher at the old James G Anderson School. Anyone who walked into Dave's class room instantly recognized his committment and passion to cultivate the minds of his student. I will be forever grateful for positive influence on myself and my classmates.
Peter Barlow

I worked with David at Darbos. It was a lot of fun - we really enjoyed the time!
Deb Archer

My deepest condolences to the Laquidara family. I knew Dave thru the Woodville Rod and Gun. Dave was one of the first members I got to meet. We did have many laughs together and shared many stories. May you rest in peace.
Cherryl Barrett

Knowing that Dave is not part of this earth anymore makes it great to realize he's in a better place and still bringing joy to all the lives he touched by the hundreds of mind pictures we all have of his laughter and the caring he brought to so many people through his years, especially at Medway. See you again, Dave, don't know when but I do know where! Peace
Eleanor Rennie

Absolute shock!!! My kids remember him fondly from the Medway schools for his dedication, fairness and friendliness. Dave was a good friend, fellow teacher and traveling companion. I'll never forget our trips to Alaska and the Panama Canal. Dave, Ken, Dick and myself just returned from a D.C. trip less than three weeks ago and he was in great spirits and we had lots of the usual laughs. We will all miss his heartfelt laughter. RIP, good buddy.
Val Cyr

Absolute shock!!! My kids remember him fondly from the Medway schools for his dedication, fairness and friendliness. Dave was a good friend, fellow teacher and traveling companion. I'll never forget our trips to Alaska and the Panama Canal. Dave, Ken, Dick and myself just returned from a D.C. trip less than three weeks ago and he was in great spirits and we had lots of the usual laughs. We will all miss his heartfelt laughter. RIP, good buddy.
Val Cyr

Mr. Laquidara was a wonderful teacher who will be sorely missed by many people. We are all thankful to him for giving of himself, and I will always remember his kindness and sense of humor. I appreciated the 6th Grade Environmental trip for the bonding experience I had with my classmates and the time I spent in nature -- what a gift! Thank you for everything, Mr. Laquidara.
Kristina Tenney Dello

My heart is sadden upon hearing that my good friend and colleague Dave has died. Dave was on the Men's Team, and I was on the Women's Team. We shared so much laughter in the halls of the Medway Middle School. David was a super teacher and worked relentlessly for the children of Medway. I will miss our times together. See You Again My Friend, Barbara Flynn.
Barbara Flynn

Dave was a caring, nurturing and passionate teacher. His sense of humor made students want to learn and explore. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Sue Grady

Dave was loved by all his students and their parents. He mentored many of his students and taught them to care for each other and get along. He has touched many a life as you can see by the response to his obituary. Rest in Peace you have earned a place in Heaven!!! bonny and John Trombert
Bonny and John Trombert

Mr. Laquidara was such a kind, caring person who always made people feel okay about being themselves. I will never forget our 6th grade trip and all of the fun "investigating" that we did. He had an amazing sense of humor and adventure. RIP Mr. Laquidara.... My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.
Shelley (Barnes) Swanson

David was a true gentlemen and man of integrity. He was great with our children, and became a good friend of ours. He was an asset to the Woodville Rod and Gun Club as well. We will miss his fresh salsa at our cookouts and his company. David loved to cook and it was fun making calzones with him. Please accept our sincere condolences.
Rachel and Gregory Leal

Dave was one of a kind. So sweet and funny. I have so many fond memories of him from when I was a little girl. I'll never forget my pink baby chick...a gift from Dave. You will be missed.
Kelly (Sullivan) O'Hearn

He was the 1st teacher I had when my family moved to Medway. I wasn't use to teachers that cared about teir studets and it was a evey nice change. He ws the best tacher I ever had! I remmber him fondly and I know my mother and both my siblings do to. He made learning fun and he also mde sure noone felt left out or leftbehind, which I did at first having missed the huge maine trip. he made me forget tt ad made me comfertable in class. He will be missed greatly.
Nikki St Jean

Dave was a great man who touched the lives of many - students, parents, co-workers, and more. He brought many programs that made sixth grade better. He was a great friend who will be missed. Rest in peace. Love, Nancy Vinton
Nancy Vinton

Mr. Laquidara was a gift to so many of us who were lucky enough to have been his student. I remember so many things that have stuck with me since 1981 when I was in his sixth grade class. He was a dedicated not just to teaching, but to nurturing curiosity, exploration and life! He would play classical music while we were working on an in-class assignment, a revolutionary act in my mind! He was comforting to those of us who felt out of place during a very awkward time in our lives, and he brought such passion and hands-on experience to the classroom. He made such a huge and positive impression that stands the test of time. I'm remembering him well here, and send wishes for strength and comfort to the family and friends close to him.
Charlene Swift

Dave was a unique person. You'll never meet a student or parent who did not love him! His effect on his students was everlasting. He was a dear friend to our family .We will remember him always. Our sympathies to his family and dear friends.
John and Margaret Innis McGowan

Great teacher... Great person... You will be missed by everyone ... Rest in peace ...
Tara Rosata

I remember Mr Laquidara from the Maine trip and having his teacher team in 6th grade. He was a truly gifted teacher who cared about all his students and made learning fun and interesting. i will miss him and am sue he is up in heaven exchanging laughs and stories with my dad. Rest in peace and know you were and still are loved and admired by all of us below.
Dana Jefferson (6th grade 89-90)

Wow! I was laying in bed thinking of what a great reunion it would be to plan a trip for all oof us to plan on going back there with him. Came on here to find out of his passing! What a shock! He was such a great teacher and will be missed by all of us who were graced to have him as a teacher! He is what all teachers should strive to make everlasting impacts on positive advancements In children's lives!
Tim Yarush

i always enjoyed the Paul Harvey stories you would read us in class. the men's team for 6th grade was awesome. you will be missed.
rebecca (ryan) purcell

We've lived next door to Dave since he built his beautiful log home over 30 years ago. He was always ready to lend a helping hand or have a friendly chat in the driveway or yard. Couldn't have asked for a nicer neighbor. We will miss him.
Barbara & Jeff Govendo

So sad to lose such a great teacher and friend. Many memories of funny times at school with Dave and grateful for the chance to have him teach in Medway. My prayers are with Dave's family and I hope you will be comforted with the knowledge that he enlightened so many children in his lifetime. God Bless you Mr. L!
Janet Casey

Dave was a great friend and educator. He gave so much to the children of Medway for so many years! His humor brought light to many days in the faculty room and hallways! He was one of a kind and will be missed greatly!
Meredith Poulten

wonderful man
Bill LeBlanc Medway

Best science teacher ever! I had him in 93-94. Learned so much from him! The leaf project, Maine, hatching chicks and ducklings, and so many more memories. Always made learning fun! He will be missed.
Erin (Jones) Maloney

David was one of my absolute favorite teachers (73-74 6th grade) @ Medway Elementary. I remember impromptu field trips to his uncle's Rock Shop in Woodville (Mr. Barry) to collect rock specimens to trying to inflate real cow lungs (still pretty gross) by blowing into the esophagus. I am saddened to hear of his passing and offer my condolences to his family. It is obvious from reading these postings that Mr. Laquidara connected with his students over the years and had a positive effect on so many of us.
Eddie Eldridge

I knew David for over 35 yrs. He was a good and decent man, beloved by all his students, respected by all who knew him. My three children went to Maine with David and loved him very much. I was so saddened to hear of his passing. I'll remember him fondly. I offer my condolences to his family. Dave, you will be missed but we're left with some great memories. God Bless.
Meg Phillips McCleary

Rest in peace Mr. Laquidara. The memories of your classroom will last a lifetime. Go now and play the funnel trick on St. Peter.
Jim Stewart

Dave was a good friend, a friend of the heart, a soul mate, and losing him is like losing part of oneself. But the friendship and love that Dave brought us will never leave, for his essence remains part of us. Memories of the good times the "grumpy old men" had will linger. We cling to our memories and allow them to heal the hurt. The laughter and joy in the togetherness we shared will bring back smiles. We (Everyone) was blessed to have experienced such a precious gift of your life. Now that we have a friend in heaven, we expect intercession, Dave. Till we meet again, we will remember and enjoy the good times. Requiescant in pace.
Dick and Faith Flaherty

Dave was a constant presence at the Hopkinton Middle School offering his volunteer services in many instances. The kids loved seeing him in the hallway after school where he would keep them on their toes while asking different academic type questions. And he knew every student by name. He will be truly missed. Thoughts and prayers to his family
Lori McBride

No words can express my deepest thoughts ... What Heaven has gained ~ we have lost. Your impact on all of us is a treasure beyond measure, from tree leaves to field trips, you will be sorely missed ... We LOVE you and will miss you, may you rest in peace - No Halloween shall pass without you on our mind. Much Love to you and yours. xo
Kathleen Lewis

Sending my daughter off for her first day of 6th grade today, brought back all the great memories of your class. Mr. Laquidara, you made everything fun and exciting. You will be missed, but the fondest of memories will stay with me forever. May God Bless you!
Dave Marsh

Thank you for filling our classroom with chickens, ducks, rats, and lizards. It was perfect. You were an incredible person and will truly be missed.
Suzannah Glover

You were one of my favorite teachers! We in medway were so lucky to have you! You will be missed! My Thoughts and prayers are with your family.
John Forgione

Mr. L was such a great teacher- my thoughts are with his family.
Gretchen Coyle

We have lost a great man! Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and dearest friends! Heaven has been blessed with a new angel...
Kerri (Kurzontkowski) Marinucci

You were such a wonderful teacher and the kindest person. You will be missed so much!
Kristina (Conrad) Shuman

I posted my tribute on Mr. Laquidara's FaceBook page, and I truly hope he knows just how many lives he touched. He certainly touched mine. His legacy lives on, through the hundreds of children he taught. Thank you for everything.
Lisa Gallo Paterson

One of my favorite teachers! 6th grade was my favorite school year ever. You will be missed
Amy Kurzontkowski

David and I go back back to elementary/high school and we had many laughs--- he was a funny person and when we reunited at Medway Schools the laughs continued--- especially when we shared the old pictures of much younger versions of ourselves. My prayers are for you and your family. Rest in peace.
Ann Ferreira

You were a good friend and you will be missed greatly by many. It just won't be the same without you, Dave.
Lois Lawrence

Dave will be missed. Rest In Peace!
Mary Ramaskewich Costa

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