, Salem, MA

August 19, 2013

David I. Bekesha, 85

Peabody — David I. Bekesha, 85, of Peabody, formerly of Lynn and Marblehead, peacefully entered into eternal rest on Saturday, August 17, 2013, at Grosvenor Park in Salem. David was surrounded by his devoted family, which also included his extended Grosvenor Park family, who so wonderfully embraced him and his family over the last two years.

David had made a promise to his Marlene that he would continue to watch over and share all the wonderful events with his family. Our Dave truly embraced this role and provided his family with two years of wonderful memories —- dancing, playing the drums, calling Bingo, and watching him flourish in his role as the “unofficial resident Mayor" of Grosvenor Park.

Chico, as he was known by his childhood friends in Lynn, was all about the importance of family. He taught us how to love each other, care for each other, and be there for each other at all times. His sense of compassion and thoughtfulness will certainly be remembered by all those he touched. He will be greatly missed by his children, Terri (Sussman) and Robert. His son-in-law Gary, and daughter-in-law, Dale, were always his children in his eyes and in their eyes as well.

Grampy was a source of inspiration and love for his five grandsons, Jeffrey, Andrew, Michael, Matthew and Todd. He was also blessed with three granddaughters-in-law, Bluma, Stephanie and Wendy, and was also so happy to have shared family time with Holly.

Papa Chico also had the opportunity to pass along his warmth and love of family, and love of life to the future generations of his family. He loved his great grandchildren, Marc, Sadie, Nathaniel, and Jordan. He was able to provide kisses and many warm smiles for them to always remember.

Dave will be missed by so many. His love of life was infectious. He so enjoyed making people happy, caring for them when in need, and just being an overall good guy. He had very simple roots and lived his life that way. “Duvid” was so devoted to his wife, Marlene, during their 61 years of marriage. He was always by her side, as her caretaker for many years until she entered into eternal rest. He showed us all what true love and devotion is and that family and friends are the gifts that make our lives so much richer. He is at peace, now. His work is done. He showed us the way of love and family. We will all honor his life by continuing to carry forward his dreams and his philosophy of living.

ARRANGEMENTS: Services at Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, 10 Vinnin Street, Salem, will be held on Monday, August 19, at 12 p.m. Interment will be in Sudlikov Cemetery, Everett. A Memorial Observance following the interment will be on Monday until 9 p.m., and on Tuesday, from 1 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m., at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bekesha. In lieu of flowers, expressions of love in celebration of his life may be made to the Grosvenor Park Patient Fund, 7 Loring Hills Ave., Salem, MA 01970. To offer condolences, please visit