David E. Airey , 56, passed away unexpectedly on October 9, 2016 . He was born in Winchester, MA. to Joseph James Airey & Gertrude Marilyn Airey of Ayer, MA
(formerly of Groton, MA.)
He is survived by his children Connor Airey, Nicole Airey and Lauren Airey of Pelham, NH; his parents, Joseph James Airey and Gertrude Marilyn Airey of Ayer, MA brother, Jay Airey of Mason, NH; sister, Eileen (Airey) Couture of New Ipswich, NH; brother, Ron Airey of Ashby, MA; sister, Susan (Airey) Jordan of Ashby, MA; sister, Karen (Airey) Michalowski of So. Deerfield, MA; partner, Linda Whitmore and her children Ethan & Nathaniel of Pepperell, MA; former spouse and mother to his children, Michelle (Miller ) Airey of Pelham, NH; as well as dozens of nieces and nephews.
He was proceeded in death by a sister Jacqueline (Airey) LaFlamme of Townsend, MA.
David grew up in Groton, MA where he graduated from GDRSS. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from UMASS Lowell. Throughout his career he worked as both an employee and a private engineering contractor for several high technology firms including, BAE Systems, Peace Air Force Base, Pratt & Whitney, and Raytheon. During his employment at Pratt & Whitney, David was acknowledged with two patent awards for his original design of internal high speed fan blades used in turbine engines.
David was a dedicated New England Patriots and Boston Celtics fan. Never a fair weather fan, he rallied with enthusiasm during the good seasons, and the not so good seasons. David was gifted with an innate ability for all things mechanical and nurtured a passion for space, science and technology. He was also an automotive enthusiast with a particular interest in late model Ford classics.
Beyond his many talents and abilities, the most meaningful accomplishment in David’s life was the love and joy he gave and received from his wonderful children. He very much enjoyed attending all of his kids busy events, sports, competitions and school activities..
He will be missed deeply by all of his family, friends and coworkers.
A private family service will be held.
In lieu of flowers and to honor David’s interests in the field of science and engineering, donations may be made to: AAAS https://www.aaas.org/giving/support-our-mission
For the advancement of science and technology and / or The American Heart Association https://donatenow.heart.org/ Arrangements by McGAFFIGAN Funeral Home 37 Main St. Pepperell, MA please www.mcgaffiganfuneral.com