David Burns Corfield, 75, a longtime resident of Martha’s Vineyard and former longtime resident of Chelmsford died Friday, October 24, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, surrounded by his family. He was 75.
David was the beloved husband of Eleanor (Peters) Corfield, to whom he was married for 49 years.
He was born in Lowell on May 1, 1939, a son of the late Fred and Alice (Burns) Corfield. Dave attended schools in Chelmsford and graduated from Chelmsford High School with the Class of 1958. He then went on to receive his engineering degree from Lowell Tech. He was employed as a mechanical engineer at Natick Labs until he retired, moved to Martha’s Vineyard, and opened the Vineyard Vines Bed and Breakfast with Eleanor.
A man of many talents, Dave never met a home improvement or automotive project he couldn’t handle. So he got creative, building stone walls and outdoor showers, weaving chair seats and Nantucket baskets, creating stained glass, and making jewelry that Eleanor designed. He combined two of his passions — building and skiing — when he built a ski chalet for his family at Gunstock Mountain in New Hampshire.
He loved gardening, but not the deer who ate the fruits of his labors, and he was a lifelong antique car enthusiast and a member of the Klaxon Club while living in Chelmsford. Dave reveled in the holidays and couldn’t wait to put up the decorations to welcome friends and family into his and Eleanor’s home. Because that’s what mattered most to Dave: his family. He loved traveling the world with Eleanor and surprising her with trips for her birthday, seeing his children, Sandra and Eric, succeed, and building things for his grandchildren. He built a backyard playhouse for them and, when they started to outgrow it, transformed part of the basement into a wonderful kids’ hideaway.
In addition to his wife, Dave is survived by his two children, Sandra Corfield of Boston and Eric Corfield and his wife, Linda, of Chelmsford; four grandchildren, Grace, Hannah, Christopher, and Cole Corfield, all of Chelmsford, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Visiting hours will be held Wednesday, October 29, from 4 to 7 pm at the Blake Funeral Home, 24 Worthen St. Chelmsford. A Funeral Mass will be held Thursday at 11 am at St. Mary Church, 25 North Rd., Chelmsford. Interment will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Lowell. In addition to the funeral services in Chelmsford, a Memorial Service for Dave will be held on Martha’s Vineyard at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Martha’s Vineyard Boys and Girls Club, 44 Robinson Rd., Edgartown, MA 02539 or to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, 1 Hospital Rd., Oak Bluffs, MA 02557. For online condolences, please visit www.blakefuneralhome.com.