David C. Paylor, age 59

of San Diego, Calif.

David C. Paylor, age 59

David C. Paylor, age 59, of San Diego, Calif., formerly of Braintree, died suddenly, Sunday, April 9, 2023.

David was born in Weymouth, raised and educated in Braintree. He was a graduate of Braintree High School, Class of 1981, and Salem State University.

He lived in San Diego, Calif. for twenty years, previously in Braintree for most of his life.

David was a broker working in private money lending.

David was a gifted athlete by nature and he combined that with a strong competitive spirit when playing golf, soccer, skiing, snowboarding, hockey, running, and cycling. He was proud to earn Salem State’s #10 soccer jersey as the best player on the team!

David had the unique ability to turn strangers into friends and friends into family.

Longtime soulmate of Maureen Donnelly of San Diego, Calif.

Beloved son of William J. Paylor, Jr. of Braintree and the late Dorothy E. (Parker) Paylor.

Devoted brother of W. Stephen Paylor and his wife Diane of Brockton, Mark J. Paylor and his wife Judi of S.C., Susan P. Paylor of Braintree, and Barry M. Paylor and his wife Shirley of Abington.

David is also survived by many nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and dear friends.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Thursday, May 18, at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Memorial Visitation prior to the service from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Interment Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

In lieu of flowers, donations in David’s memory may be made to the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, 1661 Worcester Road, Suite 205B, Framingham, MA 01701 (www.flutiefoundation.org) or the American Heart Association, 300 5th Avenue, Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451-8750 (https://www.heart.org/en/affiliates/massachusetts/welcome-to-massachusetts).


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  • I am so very sad to hear of Dave’s passing. I graduated with Dave and remember him as being the nicest guy and always smiling! XO

  • I went to Salem State with him. He was always so fun, kind and full of life! He loved being on the soccer team! It was always a blast when the fieldhockey team and the soccer teams hung out! And he was the leader of the pack! Great memories.
    Rest in peace.

  • A great friend , David will be sorely missed.
    Deepest sympathy to Reni and Family.
    RIP old mate.

  • My thoughts are with Dave’s family. I knew Dave in college, he was a gifted athlete with heart of gold. He could always be counted on for some type of “tomfoolery.” May he rest in peace. 🙏🏻💔

  • Dave was a true Wamp, a true Viking and a true friend. My heart hurts, but the memories will always make me laugh. RIP my friend.

  • Dave was the best. Went to the Left coast but never left our tight circle of friends in Braintree. Will miss our trips to see you in San Diego. RIP Dave ⚽️

  • I had the good fortune of being Dave’s girlfriend in the late ‘80’s/early 90’s. He was an amazing human with a kind and loving heart and the best laugh. When we broke up, amicably, my family all loved him so much that some of them said ‘well somebody in the family needs to marry that guy, he’s a good one!’. And he truly was. My heart brakes for his Dad and siblings and family, and for Reni. ❤️

  • Dave was a wonderful guy. My heart was so hurt when I got the unbelievable news Dave passed away.
    He was a sweet, kind, respectful person and loved his family and friends. He was always smiling and looking for fun. He knew how to brighten anyones day.
    My heart goes out to Reni, Scotty and his family and many more friends…MANY more! You rest in peace my sweet friend. It was a gift to have known you. Iternal hugs, Kimmy❤️⚽️👟🍻

  • Mr. Paylor, Steve, Susan, Barry, Mark and Judi, met Dave at 10 yrs old as ballboys for our brothers soccer teams. We became instant friends. He will be sorely sorely missed.

  • To Reni, and the Paylor family we are so sorry for your loss. I met Dave at Salem State where we played Soccer together. Dave was a great soccer player, but he was a better friend! As my wife Sheri says “Once a friend of Dave, you’ll always be a friend of Dave”. He would always find a way to keep in touch, even being on opposite coasts, whether by phone, text or FB. He truly cared about you! When we would get together in California or back east, we’d pick right up as if no time had passed. I’ll miss his quick wit, his Archie Bunker impersonations, and his legendary one liners (Paylorism’s). His ability to make you laugh in just about any situation was a true gift! Both Sheri and I are so sad he’s gone and miss him. RIP my friend ❤❤❤

  • Thank you,
    To all of David’s friends from Salem Soccer and his friends from Braintree who came to Celebrate his life with us. We truly appreciated you sharing stories and we’re so grateful to see how much his short life affected others in such a positive way.