Gloucester – David Mark Phinney, age 66, passed away unexpectedly in Gloucester on August 24th, 2020. He was a devoted father, beloved husband, loyal brother, and true friend. He will be dearly missed.
David was born in Woburn Massachusetts on June 29th, 1954 to Therese “Tess” and Walter Phinney, the third of eight children. The family moved to Gloucester in 1959 and quickly became known for their unity and adventurous spirit. David attended Gloucester Public Schools as well as Saint Ann’s Catholic School, and he graduated from Gloucester High School in 1973. After graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in Germany from 1973 to 1977. Home from his service, David earned an HVAC certification from ITT in Boston, and worked in that field for several years at Americold and Action Inc. in Gloucester. He survived cancer and a number of other health setbacks and was considered a medical miracle by his doctors. David raised two children in Gloucester with his first wife. He was the world’s best father, and he filled his kids’ childhoods with imagination, warmth, and endless laughter. David moved to Lee, Maine in 2008, where he met his second wife, Deborah (Turcotte) of East Millinocket, Maine. They were married on September 2nd, 2011, and in 2016 they relocated to Gloucester, the place David always considered home.
David loved history of all kinds but had a special affinity for military history. He loved the Red Sox and the Patriots. A skilled storyteller with a creative mind, he loved playing computer games and reading, especially science fiction and fantasy. He was an avid lover of animals, most especially dogs, never missing an opportunity to greet one he passed on the street. He will be most remembered for his legendary, groan-inducing, wacky, and relentless sense of humor. He could make anyone laugh, but he particularly enjoyed entertaining his children, as well as his many nieces and nephews. Perhaps not as obvious, but just as integral, was his gentle, kind, and generous heart. He was a man of endless love, and he felt all things deeply.
David is survived by his wife, Deborah, daughter Teagan, son Roarke, sister Maribeth DelTorchio, brothers, William “Bill”, Thomas “Tommy”, John-Stephen, James “Jamie”, Scott, and Daniel “Danny”, sixteen nieces and nephews, many beloved in-laws, as well as a large extended family, friends, and dog Tiny. He is predeceased by his parents, several cousins and friends, and dogs Brandy, Pickles, Lilly and Tessa. He was a wonderful, one-of-a-kind man who will be loved, missed, and cherished by many. He will live on in the hearts of those who love him.
A graveside service will be held at Cavalry Cemetery in Gloucester Saturday, September 5th at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cape Ann Animal Shelter. Arrangements by the Campbell Funeral Home, 61 Middle Street, Gloucester. Information, directions, and condolences at

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