David J. Correira, age 62, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at his home in Somerset, Massachusetts. He was a loving husband, father, and papa to two grandsons and eagerly awaiting the birth of his third grandson.
David was born on June 17, 1958 on the U.S. Navy Station in Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, to Ronald Correira and Rose C. (Kelly) Correira. During his youth, he lived in Louisiana, Germany, Texas, Oklahoma, Fall River, and Canada. David’s family moved to Somerset at the start of his freshman year, and he graduated from Somerset High School in 1976. He met his wife and high school sweetheart, Ann, on the school’s debate team. They were married 39 years, and together for 45 years.
David practiced law for 31 years, 11 of which were with his son Eric, specializing in trusts and estates. He was a member of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Bars, and former partner at Holland & Knight LLP. David’s career achievements were innumerable. He was a respected lawyer who loved to learn, and a prolific writer and teacher who traveled the globe to share his time and talents. His deep and cherished relationships with his clients were the cornerstone of his law practice.
He received his BA from Bridgewater State University in 1980, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Rhode Island in 1984, his JD from New England Law | Boston in 1989, and a Master of Laws from Lazarski University Law School in 2018. He never stopped learning and taught at law schools in Boston and Europe (Lithuania, Latvia, Croatia, Hungary, and Russia). David had plans to teach in Shanghai, China, and was in the process of receiving his third master’s degree from the University of London School of Law.
David was active in his community, serving on the Town of Somerset’s School Committee and as Town Moderator. He also volunteered as a Scout leader and was a lector, CCD teacher, and eucharistic minister at St. Louis de France in Swansea, MA.
David dedicated his life to supporting his family, providing them with love, friendship, and delicious food. He spent much of his time in the kitchen, perfecting skills he learned from his father, cooking for his family and making every holiday a grand production. Always doing things his way, he stopped at nothing to put on a show. He was a lover of art and theater, which began in high school Drama Club, insisting on seeing a show every time he visited his son Jonathan in New York. He was also passionate about gardening—a constant labor of love—always planning a rotation of blooms in his own personal botanical garden.
Growing up in many different places propelled his interest in the world, something he shared with his family. His love of travel brought them to Europe—London, Paris, and a cruise around the Baltic Sea—and to sunny locations like the Caribbean, Mexico, and Belize. As a family, they often returned to the location of his honeymoon, Walt Disney World. In recent years, David and his wife continued to adventure to places like Costa Rica, Alaska, and Naples, FL. He was a lover of history and found joy in documentaries, historical non-fiction, and researching his ancestry.
David is survived by his wife, Ann M. (Parent) Correira of Somerset, MA; son, Eric D. Correira and wife Allison E. Seitchik of Mansfield, MA; son, Jonathan D. Correira and wife Kristen Everman Correira of Brooklyn, NY; grandsons, Leo S. Correira and Eli S. Correira; and brother, Steven P. Correira of Somerset, MA.
David spent his final hours in his home with his wife and two grandsons, happily baking brownies in the kitchen.
For the safety of David’s family, friends, colleagues and clients, a private funeral mass, will be held on Monday, July 13, 2020 at 10:00 AM at St. Louis de France in Swansea, MA.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in David’s memory can be made to Bridgewater State University’s Bridgewater Fund (www.alumni.bridgew.edu/give) or the Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation (www.rls.org/donate-now).