David Carlisle Potter, 83, died at home on July 2. He leaves behind his former wife and devoted friend Dianne Kavanagh Potter of Bourne, and his son, Stephen Kavanagh Potter of Boston.

He was the only child of Charles Elliott Potter and Ruth Bonner Potter and grew up in Wayland.

Mr. Potter attended Brown University for two years, then left to serve in the 82nd Airborne Division as a paratrooper from 1954 to 1956. Upon his honorable discharge he transferred to Emerson College, where he graduated in 1960.

He then left for Hollywood, where he spent three years pursuing acting, landing roles on television shows like “Have Gun Will Travel” and “Maverick.” He then moved back to the East Coast to begin a career in sales with Little Brown & Company.

After overcoming his battle with alcoholism, he devoted over a decade to helping rehabilitate alcoholics and addicts as director of Pathway House in Gardner. Thereafter he returned to sales, this time in the automotive industry—notably at Muzi Ford and Boston Volvo, where he enjoyed an award-winning career well into his 70s.

He loved photographing the outdoors, wildlife and visiting this country’s national parks. He was a fan of the Old West and baseball, and famously enjoyed the trading and selling of cars and watches.

Visiting hours were on Wednesday, July 31, from 10 AM to noon, followed by a memorial service at noon at the Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home at 154 Route 6A in Sandwich.

A private interment followed.

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