David E. Mirabassi, 85, Melrose, Fla.

David E. Mirabassi, 85, of Melrose and Bonita Springs, Fla., died peacefully at his home in Melrose following a brief illness.
Dave’s family extends heartfelt thanks to the many dear friends and neighbors who have been such an important part of Dave’s life.
Dave shared 53 wonderful years of marriage with the late Hazel (Zekou) Mirabassi who died in 2006. An extraordinary family man, Dave was a father “loved beyond words” to Susan Siebeking of Melrose, David Mirabassi and his wife Jayne of Hingham, Janice Mirabassi and her husband Chip Tarbell of Wakefield, and Dean Mirabassi and his wife Ann of Erie, Colo.
He was the adored Papa of Julie and Phil, Jill and Mark, Micaela, Ashley, David, Matt, Analise, Max, Kevin, Carlie, Jim, Sarah, John, and the late Alexander. His six great-grandchildren – Ben, Jonathan, Allie, Katherine, William and Zach brought untold joy to their Great Papa.
Dave was born in Providence, R.I., to Olinto and Concetta (Cavallaro) Mirabassi. He lived his entire childhood in Bristol among his many family members and adored cousins, and maintained strong ties to the Bristol community throughout his life.
Dave began working for his father, a master homebuilder and mentor, during his teen years. After graduating from Colt Memorial High, he enlisted in the army and was stationed in Korea at the tail end of World War II.
Upon discharge, Dave enrolled on the GI Bill in the engineering program at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. A gifted builder, Dave was employed after graduation by the John A. Volpe Construction Company in Malden, Mass., as a field engineer.
After several decades, he moved on as the Senior VP of the company to begin his own business, Mirabassi Associates. Included among his major construction projects are Lahey Clinic, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, Lawrence Memorial, Maine Medical Center, the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College, most of the Jordan Marsh stores in the New England area, and Lafayette Place in Boston.
Dave Mirabassi’s great love for life-long learning will be honored by establishing an engineering scholarship for future graduates of Melrose High School.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dave and Hazel’s memory to the: MHS Permanent Scholarship Fund, PO Box 760695, Melrose, MA 02176. Please include a notation indicating that the donation is for the David E. and Hazel E. Mirabassi Scholarship.