David I. Futtersak


Futtersak, David I., 94, died Sunday, June 6, 2021 at HopeHealth Hulitar Hospice Center.  He was the beloved husband of Florence (Sternbach) Futtersak for 67 years. Born in New Bedford, MA, the son of the late Morris and Rose (Sassower) Futtersak and brother of the late Frances Meshover, David spent much of his early life in Fall River, MA before moving to Warwick RI where he resided for more than 50 years. David attended Durfee High School in Fall River and was a graduate of the Art Institute of Boston. He also studied at the Art Students League of New York and at the Brooklyn Museum before establishing his career as an advertising artist, first on Madison Avenue and then in Fall River and in Providence, RI.

David was a Korean War era veteran, serving in the Engineer and Research Development Laboratory at Fort Belvoir, VA before assuming a more spiritual role as the Jewish Chaplain’s Assistant for military institutions across the Washington area.  David was a lifelong artist and creative marketer. After a long and successful career as art director and VP at Goldsmith -Trager Advertising, David established his own advertising agency in Providence called Ad Direction. During his many years in the field of art and public relations, David’s creative work appeared in print media, radio, billboards, and on hundreds of product labels and commercial booklets. Over the course of his career, He also developed several successful political campaigns for RI candidates including Mayor Buddy Cianci and Rhode Island’s first Jewish governor, Frank Licht.  Never one to say no to a worthy cause, David also found time to volunteer countless hours providing pro bono marketing and design services to local groups and organizations.

David was passionately religious and observant. He was an active member of the former Temple Beth Am for more than 50 years and a current member of Temple Emanu-El. He was a member of the RI Jewish War Veterans and was an avid history buff, tennis player, and slot machine maven.  A caring man with a quick and unfailing sense of humor, David was devoted to his wife, children, and grandchildren who will remember him best as a “mensch”.  Survived by his wife Florence of Warwick, David was the devoted father of son Marvin “Bill” Futtersak and his wife Karen of Waxhaw, NC, Linda Segal and her late husband Michael, of Collegeville, PA and the loving grandfather of Joshua (Ginger) Futtersak, Alex Futtersak, Teddy (Justina) Segal, and Adam Segal.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, 6/9 at 10am in Hebrew Cemetery, 73 McMahon Street, Fall River, MA. Shiva will be observed at his late residence, 281 Spring Green Road in Warwick.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in David’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice.


  1. Marc Goldstein
    Jun 8, 2021

    Dear Mrs. Futtersak, Linda & Billie, I am very sorry for your loss. Mr. Futtersak was a very kind gentleman. I enjoyed our conversations when I use to sell art/ design supplies to him. Rest in peace.

  2. Steven Musen
    Jun 9, 2021

    It is great sorrow to learn of David’s death. Having sat behind him at Am David for many high holiday services, I got to know him and Florence well.

  3. Arnold Blasbalg
    Jun 9, 2021

    He was True gentleman. always said hello at temple An David
    My true sympathy to Florence and his family
    Arnold Blasbalg

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