Architectural designer, Historical Commission co-chair, dedicated town volunteer
David Vannicola. (Courtesy photo)
David L. Vannicola, 76, of Harvard, died April 4, 2020, at Emerson Hospital after courageously battling lung cancer for three years.
David was born in Arlington, July 15, 1943, the son of Mary A. (Picone) and Carlo Vannicola. He was the loving father of Gabriel Vannicola of Harvard; David M. Vannicola and Carla Vannicola, both of Lake George, New York; and the cherished grandfather of Sophia and Deven. He also leaves his sister, Carole Clark of Hanover; his brother, Carlo Vannicola of Danville, California; his nephew, Paul Clark of Plymouth; his nieces, Stephanie Vannicola of San Ramon, California, and Regina Vannicola of Santa Monica, California. He will also be missed by his cat, Eddie. In 2015 he was predeceased by his former wife Constance B. D’Onofrio.
David attended Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture. He was a longtime employee of Deck House Inc., where he was chief architect and sales representative. He was an avid member of the Harvard Lions Club and a regular participant at the weekly men’s coffee hour at Hildreth House. He will be missed by all who knew him and loved him.
Generous with his time and talents, David was an active volunteer for the town. He served on the Hildreth House Improvement Committee, helping develop a plan to renovate and expand the senior center. He was instrumental in organizing a cost-saving project to replace all the windows at Hildreth House, with the work accomplished almost entirely by volunteers. Most recently, he was co-chair of the Harvard Historical Commission. His expertise as a designer and knowledge of architecture in different historical periods made him an invaluable asset in evaluating modification requests from historic district residents.
Graveside services will be private. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. For online condolences please visit www.andersonfuneral.com.