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David A. Tolstrup

February 26, 1935-March 17, 2017




   David A. Tolstrup, died on March 17, 2017 at the age of 82. He was born in Malden, the son of Louis and Mabel (Ruggles) Tolstrup.  He attended Malden schools, graduating from Malden High School in 1953.He attended Northeastern University where he earned an associate degree in Electronics.  After graduation, he worked as an electronics engineer for Raytheon taking part in building the Apollo I missile. Later he was employed by Whitmore Company a firm that built reactor panels for nuclear submarines.


   Always a lover of learning, he took courses in a variety of subjects evenings and weekends all the while working fulltime to raise his family. In the 1960s he studied gemology with the GIA and became a gemologist and lapidary. He had a small shop in Melrose, The Lapidary Shop.

In later years he got a second associate degree in bio-medical electronics at Bunker Hill Community College.


   After retiring, David attended Harvard Extension School graduating in 2001 at age 66 with his ALB. Concerning his degree, he would joke that it never got him a job.  However, he joined the Museum of Science staff as a program presenter. He also served as a volunteer for its collections department. His eighteen year participation with the Museum was some of his happiest. He loved meeting visitors, giving presentations and working  with the many friends that he made there.

   A man of many interests, David has a devoted group of friends from a variety of  facets of his life including the Boy Scouts when he was Scoutmaster for Troop 612 in Malden, Puppet Showplace Theater with his star marionette Brutus the Wonder Bear, the Society of American Magicians, the North Shore Rock and Mineral Club. During the Bicentennial he was resplendent in his red coat as a Captain in the 64th Regiment of Foot.

   David is survived by his wife Barbara (Schemack) Tolstrup. He was predeceased by his oldest son Dr. David R. Tolstrup and is survived by his sons Mark Tolstrup, James Tolstrup, Peter Goodwin, Paul Goodwin and their brothers Adam and Matthew Goodwin. He leaves four grandchilren, Julia Tolstrup, Elyse Goodwin, Jessica Boyd and Tyler Stokes and he has five great-grandchildren, Tyler, Ella, Hailey, Jude and Abigail.

   Visiting hours will be on Friday, March 24 from 4 to 8 pm at Weir Funeral Home, 144 Salem Street, Malden with a funeral service on Saturday, March 25, 10 am, at First Baptist Church, 493 Main Street, Malden, followed by interment in Forest Dale Cemetery, Malden.

   His family requests that in In Lieu of Flowers, donations in David's memory may be made to Doctors Without Borders USA; P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030



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