David J. Lear, Jr., age 91

of Braintree

David J. Lear, Jr., age 91

David J. Lear, Jr., age 91, a longtime Braintree resident, died peacefully, Saturday, March 13, 2021, at his daughter’s home, surrounded by his loving family.

David was born in East Boston, to the late David J. and Agnes J. (Nangle) Lear. Raised and educated in Medford, he was a graduate of Medford High School, where he started on the football, hockey, and baseball teams. He had lived in Braintree for over fifty years.

David was proud to have served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict. He was assigned to the 564th Operations Squadron and was awarded the Korean Service Medal, UN Service Medal, and National Defense Service Medal.

He was employed as a district manager overseeing equipment installation for the New England Telephone Company for over thirty years.

David was an avid Boston sports fan and especially enjoyed watching the Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins, and hockey at any level. The fall was his favorite time because all three teams were playing at the same time.

He enjoyed spending time at his home in Wellfleet, puttering around the house during the day, cooking dinner on the grill, and reading his newspapers. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He loved getting together around the holidays, for backyard cookouts, or for no reason at all. He still holds the family cookout record for most ears of corn at thirteen.

Beloved husband for sixty-two years of the late Rose Patricia “Pat” (Starr) Lear.

Devoted father of David M. Lear and his wife Deborah of Yarmouth Port, Stephen P. Lear and his wife Laura of Wellfleet, Donna T. Regan and her husband James of Braintree, and the late Jane P. Easton and her surviving husband James of Brockton.

Loving grandfather of Rachel, Jessica, Jimmy, Danny, Kenny, Caitlyn, and Meghan.

Cherished great-grandfather of Amelia, Eliza, and Caroline.

He was predeceased by his sister, Ruth Mills, and is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and their families.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated privately in Saint Francis of Assisi Parish, Braintree. Interment, with military honors, will follow at Braintree Cemetery.

For those who wish, donations in David’s memory may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.


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  • My most sincere sympathy to the Lear Family.
    It was the highlight of my day if I got to to see your father & mother when I’d be out shopping. I was honored to attend Christmas at their home when we all worked at ABC. Their Allowing me to rent the house in Wellfleet w my cousins. Your parents and Jane at Town Hall welcoming me to Braintree when I hardly knew anyone-meant so much -each with that wonderful warm Lear smile you all do have.
    I hope your memories carry you through this difficult time of loss, yet again. My thoughts & prayers are with you.


  • David, Stephen, and Donna
    I’d like to extend condolences to you all on behalf of the Disher family
    Your dad was ‘one of the great ones’
    May your dad rest in eternal peace.

  • Sally and I want to extend our deepest sympathy to Donna and her family. Your dad was a gentleman in the finest sense of the word, we will miss him.