David Brian Kinne

13 octubre , 19604 mayo , 2021

David Brian Kinne, 60, of Clearwater Florida, passed away May 4, 2021 at his home in the Countryside area. Born in Port Jefferson, N.Y. and raised in Clearwater, he graduated from Clearwater High School, Class of ‘78. He was preceded in death by his father, James “Jim” Kinne; and his brother, Peter “Pete” Kinne. David is survived by his mother, Elaine “Lonnie” Kinne; son, Benjamin “Ben” Kinne; sister, Beth Kinne Friederich; and niece, Rachael Friederich. David Kinne was a former stand-up comedian, biologist, educator and corporate trainer. His passion for the ocean and marine life led him to a career at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. He was a master storyteller whose live, interactive version of Captain Tortuga entertained and educated children visiting the aquarium.

David was a member of the Clearwater High swim team that won a State Championship. After high school, David attended Emory University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Biology. He was awarded a full ride PhD Research Scholarship in Developmental Neurobiology. While in college, David was a member of the Rathskeller Comedy Troupe. This experience led David to become a stand-up comedian, headlining across the country and appearing on Comedy Club-The Punchline Live. Following his days in comedy, David spent time as Director of Training at Innovex, Account Director at Blue Diesel and Teacher at East Lake High School before becoming Director of Guest Engagement & HR Training at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. While working at the Aquarium, David authored a children’s book titled ‘Captain Tortuga and The Treasure of Sand Key’, illustrated by Kotopoulis. In his own words “This is the first children’s book he has written, although he has read several.”

David’s memorial service will be Friday, May 14, 2021, 3pm at the Sylvan Abbey funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Donate to Animal Care Fund ( 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, FL 33767, 727-441-1790


  • Memorial Service

    viernes, 14 mayo , 2021


David Brian Kinne


Kathleen Detty

19 mayo , 2021

Lonnie, Ben, Beth, and Rachel, David was one of the most talented persons I have known. I am at a loss for words with the news of his passing. Please know that I am thinking of you and praying for you.

Jackie Hager

10 mayo , 2021

I remember David happened to be in California at the time of my birthday, many years ago. He joined me and his brother Pete along with a group of my friends in celebrating. He came to the home of my parents and really just felt like he fit right it with us. You instantly felt comfortable around him, and he of course had a way with making everyone laugh and smile. David was so funny, but when you combined the Kinne brothers wit and humor together, they were unstoppable.

Years later my cousin planned to bring her son, a recent amputee, to visit Winter at the CMA. David set aside the time to welcome my family and provide a little tour for my cousin and her son Kyle. David truly had a loving , caring and passionate heart with all he did.

David was also highly intelligent and creative. His book Captain Tortuga was a favorite in our home, when my boys were younger. They thought it was so cool that mom knew the author. I thought it was pretty cool too.

Finally, David's love for his family was boundless. I know his family meant the world to him, and I feel honored to have known him.
It is with a heavy heart that I offer my condolences to the entire Kinne family.

Jackie Hager

Ron Mancini

8 mayo , 2021

I saw Dave perform the famous “King & Queen” skit with Emory’s comedy group Rathskellar during my freshman orientation week. Dave had graduated by the time that I joined Rathskellar but he always tried to come to the shows if he could and he usually sat in the front row. It was high praise to hear him laugh at our skits. His laugh and countenance were easily recognizable in some of the shows that were taped during that time period.
I was glad to reconnect with Dave on Facebook. He would often post a one-line comment on his unique insight into life. One of his last ones was “Of all of the emotional putties, silly putty is the most popular.”
When we all saw that Dave had passed, we all hoped that it was just a joke. But it wasn’t. He left an impression on us all—more permanent than silly putty.

Marianne Kirkland Wershing

6 mayo , 2021

To the family of David. I am so saddened to learn of his passing . Lonnie you were always so kind to me as Beth was as well. Ben I am thinking of you. My heart is with you all.
I have so many favorite memories of David I can’t write them all. I’m sure you all do too

Karen Marx

6 mayo , 2021

My heartfelt condolences to Ben, Lonnie, Beth, Nick and Rachel. Such a sudden loss is very difficult to comprehend. Knowing David was so loved and admired should give you peace. He had such an impact on so many lives and will be missed by many.

Jennifer, Nathan , Salem & Ambrose Sharlow Zwiefel

5 mayo , 2021

Dearest Ben,

We are sending our love to you and thinking of you daily. Your dad loved you so much and was so proud of you. He embraced your spirit and your individualism. His face ALWAYS lit up when he talked about you.. Every family relationship has their ups & downs, but the love your dad had for you was so pure. The bond you have shared will ALWAYS be there.

So much love to you,

Jen Sharlow & Nathan Zwiefel
Salem & Ambrose

Boston, Massachusetts

Mike Diehl

5 mayo , 2021

I was in awe of Dave Kinne after seeing him perform comedy monologues and sketches at Emory University. When I joined the group, he offered to work with me on my material before I did my first monologue. I refused at first but he insisted. I would absolutely have bombed but he helped me bring out what I was trying to say and, honestly, added some great new material. Dave's kindness and persistence got me over the hump. I will be forever grateful.

Marianne Wershing

5 mayo , 2021

I have very fond memories of David. He was so kind and gentle. I am beyond sad about his passing. My thoughts are with Lonnie . Bath. Rachel and Ben and of course Beth’s husband

Sharon Green Yount

5 mayo , 2021

Dave will never be forgotten. He was super nice and always joking around. We were friends from CHS- class of '78'.
My condolences and Prayers to his family.
I'm sure he will be just as silly in Heaven as he was on Earth!

Julie Olson

5 mayo , 2021

He surely made us smile, and laugh - the best gift. Besides being a fellow student - CHS 1978, I was able to see him perform when I lived in West Palm Beach. I lost track of him in later years but am so pleased he was a turtle fan as I am. Condolences to his family.

(CHS 78 yearbook photo)