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
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