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David L. Mitchell
  • In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the BU Aphasia Resource Center, Sargent College, Boston University, 635 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215.

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“To The Mitchell family, we just found out about David. I was very sorry to hear it. I just wish we knew about it when it happened. That is what...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Karen Fennelly - millbury, MA

“On behalf of my entire family who just now found out about Dave's passing, we are very sorry. "The Mitch" was a great guy who ALWAYS had a smile for...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: dickie fennelly - millbury, MA

“Dear Elaine and Family: We didn't know that Dave had passed until we saw a post from Mark on Face Book. We are so sorry to hear the news.We send...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Priscilla Thayer - Waltham, MA

“Todd, I'm so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you. ”
4 of 11 | Posted by: Bob McCarthy - Burlington, MA

“Elaine and family,Dave was a nice person and will be missed.My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.Teri...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Teri Lesanto - Waltham, MA

“A gentleman,a mentor,and a friend. My condolences to the Mitchell family.God Bless you Dave. Rest in peace. Your friend Tom ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: Tom Scafidi - Framingham, MA

“Jodi and Family,I am so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was a wonderful person, I have so many fond memories playing at your house on Lura Lane when we...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: dawn fleming - WALTHAM, MA

“Elaine, I was very sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Pat Cononi ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: A friend

“Mitchell Family - so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: Jodi Baker Humphreys - Neighbor

“Elaine: We are so very sorry to learn of Dave's passing. Our love to you and your family. ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Bob Rantilla - Lexington, MA

“Elaine and family, we send our sincere condolences on the passing of Dave. Bob, Sandy, Ken, David and Jim Hatch ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Sandy Hatch - Hudson, MA


Stow - David L. Mitchell, 84, a native of Waltham, who resided in Stow, died on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Massachusetts General Hospital due to complications from recent surgery.

Known by his friends as Dave or The Mitch, he graduated from Waltham High School in 1952. After serving his country in the United States Navy for four years as a medical corpsman both at the Naval Hospital in Charlestown and then aboard the U.S.S. Worcester, he earned a B.S. in business administration and then his law degree from Boston University. He was a partner for over 40 years at the law firm of Harnish, Jenney, Mitchell and Resh in Waltham.

During his career, Dave served the Waltham community through several civic and charitable committees including the Executive Committee of the Leland Home, the Rotary Club, the Hovey Institute, the Waltham Jaycees, and the Waltham Boys & Girls Club. Outside the office, Dave was an avid golfer. He cherished memories forged with many foursomes who became dear friends on the links of Oakley Country Club and Brae Burn Country Club.

Over the course of the last fourteen years Dave faced a series of health issues, including a post-op stroke resulting in Aphasia, which sidelined him from his work and his love of reading. But with his determined spirit, and his wife Elaine by his side, along with the outstanding resources of Massachusetts General Hospital and the BU Aphasia Resource Center, he worked diligently to overcome each obstacle that came his way.

In addition to his wife of 60 years, Elaine, Dave is survived by his children, Todd Mitchell and his wife, Geell, of San Diego, California, Stacey Mitchell and her companion, Robert Pinette, of Maynard, Brad Mitchell and his wife, Lori, of Franklin and Jodi Mitchell and her husband, Robert Villano, of Miami, Florida; his grandchildren, Daniel, Taylor and Mitchell Sweeney, Naia and Giana Mitchell, Catherine Villano, and Kieran and Finn Mitchell and his former son-in-law, Robert Sweeney.

Dave was the son of the late James and Helen (Simmons) Mitchell and brother of the late Beverly Mitchell.

In appreciation of all the medical care he received as a liver transplant survivor and quadruple bypass survivor, Dave has requested that his body be donated to the Boston University Medical Center.

Family and friends will honor and remember Dave's life by gathering on Thursday, July 13th, for visitation at 10 a.m. in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham followed by his memorial service at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the BU Aphasia Resource Center, Sargent College, Boston University, 635 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215.