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David "Duddie" Massad

May 23, 1928 — December 28, 2018

David G. “Duddie” Massad, 90, of Westborough, passed away Friday, December 28, 2018 surrounded by his devoted family and loved ones. A local entrepreneur, philanthropist, and loving father, grandfather and friend, Duddie Massad leaves behind a legacy both in the business community and in the hearts of those who knew him.

Duddie was born in Worcester on May 23, 1928, the oldest of four children of Lebanese immigrants Philip and Helen (Zine) Massad. Raised on Grafton Hill, Duddie spent his early life in Worcester and at 18 began his self-made career as an entrepreneur -- buying, nurturing, and operating several thriving local businesses as he built his financial empire. Most notably, his portfolio included Duddie Ford, Diamond Chevrolet and Commerce Bank - which he transformed into a formidable banking institution. Devoted to the local community and economy, Duddie prided himself in buying and transforming “locally owned and operated” businesses that added value in the community he loved.

Duddie was, at heart, a philanthropist who never forgot to give back to the community that raised and guided him. Financially supporting and assisting local social service programs gave purpose to his success -- most notably his $12.5 million leadership contribution spearheaded the development of the Duddie Massad Emergency and Trauma Center, a state-of-the-art facility at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center Hospital. Duddie was also a key and consistent financial supporter of several local organizations including the Friendly House, St. John’s Food Pantry, the United Way, and the Boys and Girls Club.

Duddie’s wife of 59 years, the love of his life, Bette (Melnikoff) Massad, passed away in 2014; He is survived by his three devoted children, Pamela Massad of Westborough, Christine Mandara and her husband David of Northborough, David Massad II and his wife Lisa of Shrewsbury; Seven grandchildren he adored, Ryan, Emily, Jonathan, Annie, Katie, Teddie, and Rachel; A brother Philip P. Massad and his wife Geraldine; Many nieces, nephews, extended family members and hundreds of friends. Duddie will join several beloved family members and friends in heaven including his grandson Gregory, sister Dolores, and brother Donald.

Friends and relatives are invited to visit with the family Tuesday, New Years Day from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 370 Plantation St. His funeral will be celebrated Wednesday, January 2nd at 10:00 am at St. John Church, 40 Temple St. (Please go directly to the church). Burial will follow in Notre Dame cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name can be made to the St. John’s Food Pantry, 40 Temple St., Worcester, MA 01604.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)


370 Plantation Street, Worcester, MA 01605

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Funeral Mass

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Starts at 11:30 am (Eastern time)

Notre Dame Cemetery & Mausoleum

162 Webster Street, Worcester, MA 01603

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