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March 3, 1967 – March 27, 2021

David Kapala
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Obituary for David A. Kapala

David Alan Kapala, of Lowell, died unexpectedly on March 27, 2021, in Lowell, aged 54 years.

He was born on March 2, 1967 in Woburn, MA, the son of the late Frank and Jayne (McKinnon) Kapala.

A kind, gentle, and loving soul, David touched the lives of everyone he encountered. He was renowned for his signature bear hugs that enveloped you in love. He was quick to offer a listening ear or provide help to anyone in need. He had a ready smile, and found joy in the simple things in life.

David also found deep meaning and enjoyment in helping others at the Chelmsford Food Pantry where he volunteered for the past 10 years. In 2020, he was awarded a citation for his many years of dedicated, helpful service. He took pride in making people feel welcome and comfortable.

A world-class tinkerer, David was intrigued by all things mechanical and loved to figure out how things worked. He spent countless hours working on improvements to his own car or those of his friends, and dreamed of becoming a full-time auto mechanic.

David was scuba certified, and loved telling stories about lobstering and seal watching at the Isle of Shoals. He loved the ocean and spent hours floating on the waves and building enormous sandcastles in Narragansett, RI. Forever a kid at heart, David enjoyed trips to Foxwoods and always won big at the arcade games.

Most recently, he achieved a major life milestone by receiving his 30-year sobriety chip from AA. He was a frequent and heartfelt speaker at AA meetings, and enjoyed going to AA events with his friends.

He is survived by a daughter, Courtney Durante of Lowell and two grandchildren, William and Leylani. Four sisters, Lisa Kapala of Lowell, Carol DeSisto and husband Steve of Littleton, Kathy Kapala of Nashua, NH, and Diana Foster of Tewksbury. Nieces and nephews, Sophia DeSisto, Tony DeSisto, Nick Foster, Olivia Foster, and Sabrina Linnehan, and his best friend, Andrea Gordon-Vaughn.

Friends are invited to a walk-through memorial visitation in his honor on Friday between 5 and 7 PM at the Morse-Bayliss Funeral Home, 122 Princeton Boulevard, Lowell. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the Chelmsford Community Exchange, Inc., P.O. Box 394, Chelmsford, MA 01824 or online at Funeral Director, Frederick Healy.


When Friday, April 2, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Morse-Bayliss Funeral Home
122 Princeton Boulevard
Lowell, MA 01851

Interment Information

Interment will be private.
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