Dave St. Onge, 75, Chief Engineer
From The Valley Breeze
David A. St. Onge, 75, of Woonsocket, died June 17, 2022 at home.
David graduated from Woonsocket High School in 1964, and then from Rhode Island School of Electronics. David was the Chief Engineer for WGBH TV Boston, and was a part owner of WNRI radio station. In 1970 he recorded the Boston Pops version of “Sleigh Ride” conducted by Arthur Fiedler, which is still widely played today. David won an Emmy Award for his work editing the children’s show “Zoom”, and was a trustee of the Blackstone Valley Amateur Radio Club.
His funeral will be held Monday, June 27, 2022 beginning with visitation from 9-10:30AM in the Holt Funeral Home, 510 So. Main St., Woonsocket, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11AM in St. Joseph’s Church, 1200 Mendon Rd., Woonsocket. Burial will follow in Precious Blood Cemetery, Rathbun St., Woonsocket. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Tomorrow Fund, RI Hospital Campus, POB Suite 422, 593 Eddy St., Providence, RI 02903.
Yes, a lovely guy.
Always a pleasant and helpful fellow
Great Boss. Great Guy. Good Friend.
I was deeply saddened to hear about Dave’s passing. We spent 10 years together at WGBH from 1971-1981 in the Engineering Dept. We did a lot of editing together over those years and were often referred to as the “A Team”. He was a great friend and colleague. Working together was a real pleasure. I’ll always remember the good times we spent together. The memories will always remain. May he rest in peace.
So sad to see colleagues passing on.
Dave was a treasure. When fund raising got shipped over to 110 Western in early 70’s, I’d enter 125 every morning and pass by engineering. Dave when out of his way to say… ‘HI Lo”… every morning in passing.
Then about 3-4 months later, after his morning greeting, he suddenly stopped, turned around and said, “Oh, I get it. HIgh Low”. We laughed for years.
Love that memory and that moment Be at peace Dave.
It was always a pleasure to work with Dave. He was knowledgeable, helpful and supportive in many ways. RIP.
Dave brought so much to engineering and the technical operation of GBH-always with good cheer and a willingness to help.
LOVED working with Dave on Pops and Julia!! I’ve thought of him throughout the years. A lovely, funny man!
Claudia Allyn Downey
One of the best of a great crew. Funny and patient; as Chas said a force for the positive.
I am very sad to read of his passing.
I learned so much from Dave. RIP
Dave was the best. He never took anything about the job too seriously (he used to say, “after all, we get to do this”), but knew how important his role was in ensuring the success of ‘GBH. I remember asking him to let me climb to the bottom rung of the Needham transmitter tower one day. He couldn’t believe I wanted to do it but clapped for me when I made it! Rest in peace, Dave.
Dave was always a positive force!
A very sad day. David was always there with a smile and a helping hand. One of the true pioneers at WGBH. I am forever grateful that I had a chance to work him and know him. Rest in peace
Thank you, Jay, for keeping the Zoom alumnus, abreast on the lives of those who impacted the show.