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David Walsh Lee

Updated: May 8, 2023



DAVID WALSH LEE, 80

Born, June 29, 1942, In Portland, Maine

Died April 30, 2023 at home, in Columbia, Ct. , surrounded by family


David was best known for his kindness to everyone. So easy going, and such a happy man. He always had a smile, and everyone who met him was impressed at what a gentle, kind, loving person he was to all. All you had to do was ask, and he would gladly help in any way that he could. Years ago, his pastor told me that there was something about him that drew you to him.

Even though his children were not his, biologically, he loved them greatly, and considered them his own. He was “Papa”, to his grandchildren and great grandchildren, and so loved by them. I could not have had a better husband, or a better father for my children. He was also, the son they never had to my Mom and Dad, Wellington and Valerie Emery

He was a graduate of Portland High School, in Portland, Maine.

He worked for Ct. Transit as a bus driver for 25 years, and loved his job. He was an avid Red Sox, and New York Giants fan. He loved his gospel, 50’s, and country music.

He loved his Lord and Savior, Jesus.

David went on a missions trip to Mexico, with a group from our Church, to help build a small Church there, and in a service one night, an elderly gentleman gave his life to the Lord because he saw that David was elderly also and served the Lord, so he thought that he could do it too!

He loved Disney world, and was like a kid each of the 5 times we went there on vacation. He would have gone every year if he could. We went 3 times by ourselves, and once with each of the grandchildren. Great memories!


He was the love of my life. We will all miss him dearly. See you soon, my love, I love you “11”.


David leaves behind, His wife of 55 years, Sharon,

His son Anthony Tarascio and wife Mary Ann of East Hartford, Ct.

His son Richard Tarascio, and wife Christine, of Columbia, Ct.

His Granddaughter, Bethany Tarascio of Vernon, Ct.

His Grandson, Lorenzo Tarascio, of Columbia, Ct.

His Great grandchildren, McKenzie, and Camden Smith of Vernon, Ct.

and several nieces and nephews, and cousins here in Ct.



David was the 4th of six children born to James and Catherine Lee (deceased) of Portland, Maine, and has 5 other siblings:

Brother, Jack Lee, (deceased), and his wife Judy, of Portland, Maine

Sister, Sally DeLuca, and her husband, Dominic, of Portland,Maine

Sister, Janet Talbot, (Deceased), and her husband Steve , of Bangor, Maine

Sister, Rosemary Mulkern, and her husband, Richard, of Portland, Maine

Brother, James Lee II (deceased), and his wife Peggy, of Portland Maine

and many nieces and nephews in Maine


There will be a celebration of life gathering in June, the day, forthcoming

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My deepest condolences to Sharon,Tony,Rich,their spouses and children,grands. David said after my dad's passing he wanted me to do his eulogy, so I'll write it here. David was a kind,giving, loving man and it's been expressed here in many writing of him from his obit to people writing in. He loved to laugh and have fun. There was no strangers with David everyone was treated as family in the Lee household. He welcomed you in, pulled pranks and laugh and laugh.He was a man that loved his Lord and treated everyone as Christ did. I don't think in all my years of knowing him he ever said a harsh thing about anyone. He would do anything for anyone, he was…

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That was beautiful Joanie, thank you so much! David would have loved it.

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We are so very sorry about Uncle David. He was the kindest man! He was a loving and caring husband, father, Papa and friend. His heart will live on for many who knew him…❤️ Jim & Sharon

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I have to agree with all of these comments. David was indeed the sweetest man, husband, father, friend, brother, son, grandfather, etc

I loved him too. What a great Christian example to all of us!! Remember us throwing him a sandwich? May God give you peace and comfort Sharon and family at this most difficult time.

Jeanne Colon

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Although I only met Dave a couple of times when I was visiting Sharon, I could tell that he was the sweetest, kindest man. I could see how much he loved Sharon and how helpful he was. Sharon, I am so sorry for your loss Michelle.

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