David L.'s Story

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David L. Whipple, 81, of Ipswich, died unexpectedly on August 21, 2017. David left this world during the solar eclipse, and David was as extraordinary and remarkable an individual as the celestial event of his passing.
The son of the late Lester M. Whipple and Gladys M. Smith Whipple, David was born on February 14, 1936, in Hamilton. David graduated from Ipswich High School in 1954, attended Bates College, and graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts in education. He was a business owner, a basketball coach, and a substitute teacher at Ipswich High School.
David held the position of Ipswich High School boys varsity basketball coach from 1966 through 1978, with legendary success and accomplishment. Upon his retirement from coaching in 1978, David had coached his teams to the most wins in the history of Ipswich High School boys varsity basketball. In 1969, Coach Whipple brought his team to a momentous victory at the State Championship, which was notably the first time Ipswich had advanced to that level. The following year, Coach Whipple returned his team to the State Championship after yet another season of stellar coaching. David coached his teams to an astounding record of 172 total wins, including a 33-game winning streak. Coach Whipple's game strategies were featured in a national basketball publication. In 2012, David was inducted into the Ipswich High School Athletic Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding success in coaching.
An accomplished golfer, and gifted with what has been described as a breathtaking swing, David played golf at tournament level, competing extensively in the Northeast. Even after retiring from competition, David would spend his life deeply involved with the sport of golf.
David's family converted a cattle and horse farm into a golf course in 1933, with David helping his parents to manage the property in his youth. In 1964, David took the helm of Candlewood Golf Course and throughout the following more than 65 years, he tirelessly planned, developed and improved the property, creating a beautiful, well-designed course and cultivating a clientele who became longtime friends. David's inspired knowledge of golf course development and management was highly regarded by his peers in the industry, and he was often consulted for his ideas about other golf courses.
David loved animals and cared for many wonderful pets during his lifetime. Softhearted and kind to all creatures, he would often welcome a stray animal into his home to become a cherished new member of the family. David was never without one of his beloved German Shepherd Dogs by his side, particularly when spending time on the golf course.
A skilled wordsmith, an eloquent speaker, an avid reader and writer, David was blessed with a boundless intellectual curiosity. He was an interesting conversationalist with a charming dry wit, congenial, very well-liked and admired by all who met him. David was exceptionally giving with his time, and he helped so many with his wise guidance and sage counsel. David had an enormous capacity to inspire and encourage others.
David was a great man; great in spirit, great in heart, great in generosity, and great in kindness. He was a consummate gentleman, distinguished, soft spoken, understated, and gracious.
David is loved and dearly missed by his wife of 54 years, Bernardine; and by his two daughters, Andrea Whipple and Martha Whipple Anastas and her husband, Stephen; and by his grandson, Nicholas David Whipple Anastas, who holds a very special place in his grandfather's heart.
A memorial service is planned for autumn, which was David's favorite time of year. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Ipswich Humane Group, P.O. Box 873, Ipswich, MA 01938; and the American Parkinsons Disease Association, 135 Parkinson Ave., Staten Island, NY 10305. To send a condolence please visit whittier-porter.com.
Published on  August 29, 2017
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