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David J Tupaj
08/29/1940 - 06/13/2021
Obituary For David J Tupaj
David J. Tupaj, 80, of Putnam, CT, passed away, Sunday, June 13, 2021, at home surrounded by family.
He was the husband of Alice (Landry) Tupaj for 60 years. They were married on September 3, 1960 at St Jean the Baptist Church, Warren, RI. After moving to Putnam they became members of St Mary of the Visitation in Putnam, CT.
Born in Providence, RI, he was the son of the late Stanley and Mildred (Bullock) Tupaj.
Mr. Tupaj was the owner of Dave’s Haul Away in Warren. He had also worked at Luther’s Repair Shop in Warren and the East Bay Mental Health Clinic for 20 years in maintenance as well as a forklift operator for Almacs for 10 years. He enjoyed yard sales and working on projects in his yard. He was a member of the IOOB and also the Jacques Cartier Club. He loved going to the ocean to feed the seagulls and watch the waves with his son David and Nick.
Besides his wife, he is survived by a son Greg Tupaj and his wife Lori of San Diego, CA, a daughter, Sandra Lozeau and her husband Tom of Putnam, CT, a brother, Daniel Tupaj of Woonsocket, RI, a sister, Barbara Olean of Oregon, and one grandson Nicholas Cardente of Bristol, RI.
He was the father of the late David Tupaj and brother of the late Stanley “Hawk” Tupaj and Jasper “Bill” Tupaj.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 9:00 AM from Smith Funeral & Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Road, Warren, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10AM in St. Mary of the Bay Church, 645 Main Street, Warren.
Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, from 3-7 PM in Smith Funeral & Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Rd., Warren.
Burial will be private.
Information/On-Line condolences please visit- www.wjsmithfh.com
My Uncle David was just the most handsome man...... he looked just like Elvis when he turned up the collar on his shirt, as many did back then.
Alice, Greg, Lori, Sandra, Tom and Nickolas. We are so sorry for your loss. We will always remember Dave and the many clambakes and gatherings at the house with family and friends. Dave was one of a kind, never asking but always giving. I will miss my many phone conversations with him. We are not there, but are with you you in prayer and heart. Love you Dave RIP Tim & Terry (Landry) Legault
Dave and I shared a good part of our lives starting when we were 5 and 6 years old...our Moms were best of friends and Dave and I needed watching so we had to accompany our Mothers when shopping etc. We went through school together,spent spare time together, and shared a two wheel bike his brother Billy put together for us. well,we shared it until Dave found out I was sitting in the back and he was doing all the peddling! We were always together and were a big part of each others life. I will miss my friend Dave,he really was gentle sole and laughed a lot. Rest in Peace Dave,we'll meet again.
How do you define a brother At the tender age of 5, this handsome guy comes into my life. Sure he was dating my sister but Dave always made me feel special. What other 20 year old would take his girlfriend's siblings out with them, take them to his family's house to play and be kind and gentle with them. 2 years later my sister and Dave married, it was my first time as a Jr. Bridesmaid. I still remember that day 62 years later. Alice and Dave took us to the drive in's, for ice cream, clamming, camping and so many fun things. 2 years later I became an Aunt to David Jr, a job I cherished, then Gregory and Sandra, by then Alice and Dave moved back home to an apartment in our parents home. What an adventure for us in that we lived in the same house until I married at the age of 31. My husband Brian, when we first started dating met Dave when bringing me home around midnight, the apartment door was slightly open and Dave was up having his midnight breakfast of eggs and Van Decamp beans, of course we joined him. Alice wasn't all that happy yelling at us to get out. Of course I drove Dave nuts at times, lots of times but whats a little and later adult sister to do. I never went upstairs without knocking and walking into their apartment to say hi. Dave's relatives became our relatives, as ours did with him. To say I had a crush on Dave goes without saying. He was gorgeous, soft spoken, hard to tick off, caring, hard working and funny. Once after I got my license I hit a manhole cover and damaged my Dad's car, well Dave told my Dad so I wouldn't have too, I remember being so mad at him but also relieved that I didn't have to face my Dad and see a disappointed face. David has always made feel like he had my back in whatever good or bad decisions I made. I have loved you Dave as much as anyone I have loved in my life. You are my brother always. You will be in our hearts forever........
I remember the times we ate crabs outside at Grandma & Grandpa Tupaj's house. We would cover a few tables with newspaper and when the crabs were cooked they were poured right out of the pan right onto the tables. How everyone sat around and enjoyed the day. The Good Times.
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