David R. Salmonson, 93, passed away on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at UMASS/Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

He leaves his wife of 69 years, Alice E. (Makitalo) Salmonson; two sons, Richard D. Salmonson of Newbury and Robert W. and his wife Denise Salmonson of Auburn; a granddaughter, Brett Campbell; a grandson, Richard Salmonson; a great grandson, Hayden Salmonson; a niece, Judy Hutchinson; and nephews, Romaine Goodhue and Roger Salmonson. He was predeceased by a sister, Eileen Goodhue and three brothers; Arthur, Arvo, and Salfred Salmonson; a niece, Carolyn Parda, and nephews, Ronald Salmonson, and William and Richard Goodhue.

David was born in Worcester, son of William and Sophia (Kortesniemi) Salmonson. He graduated from Commerce High School, Becker College, and proudly served his country in the US Navy during WWII. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout as a member of Boy Scout Troop #47. He worked as a firefighter for the Worcester Fire Department for 32 years, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant. David was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and Zion Fellowship, The International Association of Firefighters Local 1009, The Worcester County Retired Police and Firefighters Association, the YMCA, The Greendale Retired Men's Club, The Worcester Senior Center, and The Finnish Heritage Society in Rutland.

Calling hours will be held on Monday, March 7, 2011 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in Nordgren Memorial Chapel, 300 Lincoln Street, Worcester. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in Zion Lutheran Church, 41 Whitmarsh Ave., Worcester. Burial will follow in All Faiths Cemetery. Flowers may be sent or donations may be made to The Worcester Firefighters Local 1009 Funeral Committee, 625 Chandler St., Worcester, MA 01602. For directions or to leave an online condolence message, please visit


Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette on March 6, 2011