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David Joseph McCarren

August 19, 1981 - April 3, 2023

David Joseph McCarren, 41, of Bedford, passed away on April 3, 2023. He was born on August 19, 1981 to David McCarren and Jody Ann Soucie.

He was an outdoorsman loving any thing to do with the outdoors, especially hiking, having hiked the Appalachian Trail as well as others. He also liked woodworking. David was a kind and caring person, willing to help anyone in need. He will be missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his mother, David is survived by his wife, Catherine Ann McCarren; sister, Kelley Earle; aunt, Marla Ridge and husband, Richard; special dogs, Teddy and Ellie, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A service will be held in Boston, Massachusetts at a later date.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford, is assisting the family. To send online condolences, please visit

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Kelley, Jody, Aldo, and the rest of David's family and friends, I just became aware of this and am so sorry for your loss. Dave was a super intelligent kid and I cherish the times I got to spend with him hiking at Blue Hills and then getting to watch him pursue that passion even further over the next couple years. Kelley, I know you and your brother had a very special bond and I know this must be so hard on you, my heart goes out to you and the rest of the family. (This may become a duplicate as previous attempt did not post).

Posted by Ed Earle on June 23, 2023

To David’s Family, I’m so sorry to hear of his passing. I have thought of him and Kelly for years. Please contact me if you wish. Michele

Posted by Michele Breen on May 14, 2023

Our deepest sympathies are with everyone who loved and cared about Dave. He was a gifted and kind man. He led a remarkable and accomplished life. His smile holds the joy he found in following his dreams. A partner, a wise caring brother, a sweet kind accomplished son, a loving thoughtful uncle, nephew, friend and confidant, and per Susan “ the best cousin ever” and parent to his beloved pups. Dave lived his dreams, and lived his life with love and kindness. We are lucky to have been a small part of it. In honor of David, we made a directed donation to Blue Hills Trailside Museum. David will be close in our hearts when we visit there, along with all those who love him and the wonderful memories we shared with him, his family and his beloved nana and gramps. We are very blessed to have those wonderful people and memories in our hearts. With our deepest sympathy, Kathy, Karen and Susan

Posted by Kathy kiely on April 20, 2023

Dave was not only my brother, he was my first best friend in life. I treasure the memories of us acting like complete goofballs and laughing until we couldn't breathe, blasting amazing music, and talking for hours about everything and anything. I would give everything I own just to have one more moment like this, or even just one more hug. Although my heart is breaking, I find comfort in knowing that my brother is back in our beloved Nana and Grampa's arms, and that he can now hike the endless, beautiful mountains of heaven. Dave, I am forever grateful to have had you in my life, and my daughters life ( your buddy Lainie). I am so very thankful for all the beautiful memories we shared. I loved you then, I love you now, and I will love you forever!! Your sister, Kelley

Posted by Kelley on April 15, 2023

I'm sorry I did not have the opportunity to meet Dave -- he sounds so wonderful. He is fortunate to have had such a loving family and devoted friends. My heart breaks for all of you as you journey through the grief that comes with such a terrible loss.

Posted by Kathy Moon on April 14, 2023

Dave on the Appalachian Trail...

Posted by Anonymous on April 14, 2023

Dave hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail...

Posted by Jody A. Soucie on April 14, 2023

I am finding it difficult to capture the right words to honor my son...Dave was the articulate one. He was kind, considerate and cared deeply for those he loved and had an incredible sense of humor. As has been mentioned, Dave was an avid hiker in his early years. He did not choose the conventional path of going to college after high school. No, Dave decided to hike the Appalachian Trail and followed up with hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) from the Mohave Desert to British Columbia on the west coast. I remember there were so many cardboard boxes in his grandmother’s living room, packed with prepared foods, batteries (for his Walkman), phone cards etc. which we shipped to the local post offices on his scheduled excursions into towns along the way. Dave ended up cutting his PCT trip just short of British Columbia. He hiked from the Mohave Desert to Oregon when Dave made the decision to end his trip early so that he could see his grandmother one more time before she passed. Aldo DiCenso (stepfather) and I are making a donation to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in loving memory of David in lieu of flowers.

Posted by Jody A. Soucie on April 14, 2023

Dave was a like a brother to me.We have had so many deep talks over the years and he always helped me to see the truth in things. I will always carry the compassion, humor, and selflessness that he shared with me. Love you brother

Posted by Randy on April 10, 2023

Dave has been a wonderful influence in my life. As my brother-in-law, I’ve looked up to him in many was since I was a teen. I’ve learned a lot from him and will always be grateful for the times he welcomed me into his home. I’ll never take for granted the opportunity to know and love him. I am most grateful for all of the joy and laughter he’s brought to our family, especially my sister Catherine.

Posted by Jillian MacDougall (the littlest doog of all) on April 8, 2023

Growing up he was like a little brother to me and I cherished my time with him because it was always the best time. We stayed up late and laughed until we cried more times than I can count. He cared so deeply about so many things including: family, friends, the environment, literature, and applying himself to the fullest. He loved his wife Catherine; when he spoke of her to me I could hear magnitudes of love and peace in his voice. I am grateful for her presence in his life. His humor, intelligence, and laughter will always be with me because they helped shape who I am. I will miss him greatly.

Posted by Richie on April 8, 2023

I will always remember the good times we had growing up together. Dave was a great person and will be missed.

Posted by Karen on April 6, 2023

Dave and his smile always amazed me with his insightful,caring nature and the determination to be his best self. His kindness, thoughtfulness, and understanding of others, regardless of the circumstances or situations. I will so miss him but will always be grateful for the memories and the honor of being his friend. Rest In Peace

Posted by Marla Ridge on April 6, 2023

My memories of Dave are stored in my heart. His laugh and smile could light up a room. Most of my childhood memories include Dave and his fun, silly way. From playing in Nana & Grandpa’s backyard to family day trips, and the joy he brought my brother as a best buddy.

Posted by Corrina Raymond on April 6, 2023

Dave was the best. What a loving, funny, sensitive dude. What a true individual. I will miss him every single day.

Posted by Susan on April 6, 2023

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