September 4, 1935 - January 4, 2018
John David Torpie passed through the gates of heaven on January 4, 2018, after suffering from Parkinson’s Disease and its attendant difficulties for several years. Known to his colleagues as John, he was known as David to family and other friends.
David was the oldest child of John Francis Torpie and Muriel (Burnell) Torpie, born on September 4, 1935, in Winthrop, Massachusetts. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to Long Island, where he grew up and attended Chaminade High School, a Marianist high school, in Mineola, New York, graduating in 1953.
David attended Union College in Schenectady, New York, earning a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1957, and serving as the president of the Nu chapter of Beta Theta Pi. He began his professional career as an Electrical Engineer at Stromberg-Carlson in Rochester, and became a Professional Engineer in the State of New York. He attended Yale University and graduated with a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1959. He then joined Xerox Corporation as an Electrical Engineer, developing facsimile machines. In 1965, he graduated from the University of Rochester with a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics. During his tenure with Xerox, he worked with various companies in the United States and with Rank Xerox in England, and made over two dozen trips to work with Fuji Xerox in Japan. He was granted patents for his contributions at Stromberg-Carlson and Xerox for inventions in imaging and advancements in the efficiency of telecommunication. After 32 years of service, he retired from Xerox as an Engineering Program Manager.
Outside of work, David was active athletically and socially. In New York, he played golf and bridge regularly and was a member of the Lions Club and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Penfield. After moving to Dallas, he became an accomplished tennis player and played well into his retirement, often riding his bicycle to weekly matches. David lived his life according to his faith and values, quietly and unassumingly. He taught religious education, coached youth sports, planted trees, read United States and world history, traveled extensively in Europe, and volunteered at All Saints Catholic Church. He was also an Adjunct Professor of Mathematics in the Dallas County Community College District.
He was married to Joan (Vecellio) Torpie for 56 years. They met in Rochester and had three children: Jane Torpie of Concord, Massachusetts; Jacqueline Torpie of Dallas, Texas; and John Torpie of Scarborough, Maine. In addition to his wife and children, he leaves his brother and sister-in-law, Allen and Linda Torpie of Savannah, Georgia; his sister and brother-in-law, Beryl and Jeff DiBiaso of Hilton Head, South Carolina; his sister-in-law, Sylvia Vecellio of Fairport, New York; his daughter-in-law Kimberly Torpie, and her daughters Elizabeth and Erin of Scarborough; granddaughter Sarah Torpie Hutchinson, of Concord; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son-in-law, Edward Hutchinson.
For their compassionate care of David, the family thanks the devoted caregivers of Faith Presbyterian Hospice, Home Health Companions, and Charlin Home Health.
Memorial contributions may be made to All Saints Catholic Church in Dallas, Texas; the Parkinson Voice Project in Richardson, Texas; or a charitable organization that is meaningful to you.
A Mass to celebrate his life will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, February 3, 2018 at All Saints Catholic Church 5231 Meadowcreek Drive, Dallas, Texas.
Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
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