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Archives Funeral held Feb. 17 for Deacon David Wells, 72

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Ogdensburg – A Mass of Christian Burial for Deacon David P. Wells, 72, was held Feb. 17 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. He died Feb. 11 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.

Entombment followed at Foxwood Memorial Park.

Surviving is his wife Dorothy "Dot" Wells; a son David (Alison) Wells of Norwood; two daughters Jo Ann "Jan" (Cory) Cunningham of Ogdensburg; and Julie (Lewie) Bice of Ogdensburg; a brother Robert (Sheila) Wells of Ogdensburg; eight grandchildren Robert & Chelsea Bice, Emma Wells, Hunter Tull, Calvin Tulp, Jude Wells and Amber & Katie Cunningham along with many nieces, nephews & cousins.

A brother Michael Wells and a sister Judith Ann Ramie predeceased him.

Deacon Wells was born Jan. 23, 1945 in Ogdensburg, a son of the late Michael L. and Aleen (Arnold) Wells. He graduated from Ogdensburg Free Academy and continued his education at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric School of Nursing and Syracuse University where he earned his nurse practitioner license.

He entered the US Navy in 1962 during the Vietnam War, and earned his honorable discharge in 1967. He and his wife were married Nov. 20, 1965 at the St. Paul's Church in San Francisco, California.
During his career he was employed at Massena Memorial Hospital as a nurse practitioner for many years and later transferred to the Massena VA Hospital where he also worked as a nurse practitioner and clinical director until his retirement in 2007.

He was ordained a deacon Oct. 5, 2013 by Bishop Terry R. LaValley at St. Mary’s Cathedral. He served at St. Raphael's Church in Heuvelton and other area churches when needed.

Deacon Wells was a member of the Knights of Columbus where he held 4th degree status and enjoyed traveling, camping, watching grandchildren's sports & assisting with their games. He also enjoyed listening to country music and the "oldies," watching Heuvelton Central School Bulldog Sports and spending time with his family.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Richard Winter Cancer Center or the Diocese of Ogdensburg  Deacon Program.

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