Dave was a boy scout and an avid member of the Boston Children’s Museum where he especially enjoyed nature classes and bird watching on Saturday mornings with Miss Dickie. He was also a leader of his Central Congregation Church’s Christian Education Youth Group. Dave attended Boston Technical High School where he studied engineering, lettered in track and was co-captain of the football team. He received a scholarship to play football at Northeastern University. He was a sprinter on the track team and a member of the undefeated football team of 1963. He graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Dave and Judy moved to Akron Ohio for a job at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. Dave then took a position with Polaroid Corporation in New Bedford, MA, moving to Plymouth, MA in 1975 and continued working there until retirement.
Dave was devoted to volunteer work. He taught Christian Education at Church of the Pilgrimage. Dave coached all his children over the years in Plymouth Youth Soccer and continued coaching even after his kids no longer played youth soccer. He was a good coach that always ensured all his players played half the game and he was not afraid to give you his opinion on how you could improve. Dave’s role in soccer grew from years as a coach to becoming the Plymouth Youth Soccer League President and Coastal League President. Dave was initiated into the Massachusetts Soccer Hall of Fame in 1998 for his many years of service. Also, he was Scoutmaster for Troup 9, the “Ramblers,” in Plymouth for many years organizing trips to historical battlefields all over the US as well as historical sites in Canada and the US. During this time, he received the highest honors possible with Order of the Arrow as well as the Silver Beaver Award for those with exceptional character who provided distinguished service to the Boy Scouts of America. Dave enjoyed seeing all three of his boys become Eagle Scouts.
Dave loved birdwatching and taking pictures that he would often email to his kids. Dave enjoyed all things Scottish. He took great pride in his Scottish heritage and would often say that he was American made with Scottish parts. Dave found bagpipe music relaxing and would state that nobody made better shortbread than his mother. Dave was also an avid mountain climber. He and his children climbed many of the Presidential Range of mountains in New Hampshire during Polaroid hiking trips. Dave successfully completed a marathon. Dave was a passionate golfer and he and his boys had several “Coutts Classic” golf tournaments.
Dave was actively involved in the lives and activities of his grandchildren, and he was very proud of their accomplishments. He enjoyed watching their sports games, dance recitals, theatrical plays, and anything else they were participating in. He would often give them tips or tell them a story from his younger days to help them get better. Whether attending in person or watching on-line, he was always supporting what they did.
A visitation will be held at the Cartmell-Davis Funeral Home, 373 COURT ST, (NORTH) PLYMOUTH, on Wednesday, October 19th, from 4:00 pm till 7:00 pm. A service will take place the following day at the Church of the Pilgrimage, Plymouth, at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the "David Coutts Fund", set up by his children: