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David J. Muise.

SHREWSBURY - Mr. David Muise, died February 1, 2012 at home with his family gathered by his side. He was 72. The family would like to extend their thanks to Affinity Hospice for their care and compassion for David's homecare.

Born on November 17, 1939 in Gardiner, Maine he was a son of the late Dorothy (Barnes) Muise. His family moved to Worcester when he was a young child.

David claimed he had "radio in his blood," and for many years worked as a broadcaster. His fascination with radio began as a young boy when he'd listen to the daily broadcasts about World War II. He would spend hours each day re-creating radio programs, reading ad-copy and news reports and spinning records in his bedroom.

At age 16, he worked at WORC delivering coffee to staff members and it was there that radio personality Milt Cray advised David to get some experience at a smaller station. So David took a job at WCAT in Orange, where he learned the craft. David returned to WORC in 1958 as a news stringer covering everything from political conventions to police items.

Using the on-air name "David Warren," he held a long career as DJ and celebrity interviewer at various stations, including WNEB, WHDH, WAAB, WEZE, WKOX and WLMS. In 1979 David returned to WORC, reclaiming his true name and assuming the role of music director. A year later, David moved to WSRO in Marlborough where he became the host of a popular big-band radio program that aired until the station adopted an all-talk format in 1993.

David was deeply interested in history and the past, things he referred to as "old and solid." Drawing from a vast private collection of archival radio programs and music, David created the "The Golden Age of Radio," which was part performance, part lecture about radio's influence on news and entertainment from the 1920s through the mid-1950s. David brought "The Golden Age of Radio" to community centers around the state, sharing his knowledge and passion for the medium with audiences of all ages.

It was also fitting that for the past three years David, a reader with a voracious appetite for books and knowledge, worked at the Shrewsbury Public Library. He kept his mind sharp by drawing friends into meaningful, reflective conversations, or by racing to grab the NY Times crossword puzzle before his son could get it.

David appreciated the world around him, delighting in watching birds in the yard and visiting his favorite place, Nauset Light Beach on the National Seashore on Cape Cod. David's broad interests extended into the vegetable and flower garden he maintained at his home

He was married to Angela F. Zambarano, a Worcester native, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Worcester on July 26, 1970 and have been residents of Shrewsbury for over 40 years.

In addition to his wife of 41 years, Angela, he leaves his son, Jonathan D. Muise and his wife, Azumi Watanabe, of Cambridge; his sister, Joan Aselton-Staab and her husband, Pete, of Cotuit; his in-laws, Paul P. Zambarano and his wife, Patricia, of Worcester, Dr. Thomas J. Zambarano and his wife, Ann, of Mechanicsburg, PA and William Zambarano and his wife, Linda, of Worcester; many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brother, Gerald Muise.

Family and friends will honor and remember David's life by gathering for calling hours at Heald Chiampa Funeral Directors ~ The Sumner House, 5 Church Road, On the Common, Shrewsbury Center on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and again at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday morning before leaving in procession to Our Lady of Mount Carmel - St. Ann Church, 24 Mulberry Street, Worcester where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Saint John's Cemetery.

In honor of David a contribution can be made to Our Lady of Mount Carmel - St. Ann Church, Building fund or The Shrewsbury Public Library, 690 Main Street, Shrewsbury, 01545.

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Date:Feb 3, 2012
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