David J. Carnes

August 1, 1944October 28, 2021

David J. Carnes, age 77 of Chatham

David Carnes, son of the late George and Jean Carnes passed away peacefully at home while surrounded by his family.

David was born at Newton Wellesley Hospital in Newton Massachusetts. At age 6, he and his family moved to Matawan, New Jersey and enjoyed spending summers on the Cape.

David attended Monmouth College (now Monmouth University) and continued to spend his summers on the Cape, working at the Chatham Fish Pier. David was drafted into the army and served in Vietnam 1970-1971.

Upon Discharge from the army, he moved to Chatham and worked at Chatham Seafood Co-op, where he rose to general manager. It was here that Dave met his future wife Roxane. They were married in 1973, and were happily wed for 48 years.

In 1981, with the help of Paul Lucas (Captain Eelgrass), David started Chatham Fish and Lobster Co. Inc. Along with running CF&L he also managed Chatham Weirs for many years. One of the duties that he enjoyed, was delivering seafood to restaurants on Nantucket in his boat when the planes could not fly due to weather. In 2018, Dave and his wife sold Chatham Fish and Lobster to Mac’s Seafood.

David is survived by his wife Roxane (Goodspeed) Carnes, his daughter, Kristen Schwartz (John), his grandchildren George and Miranda Schwartz, his son Michael Carnes (Lindsey). He is also survived by his sister Debra Ruisi and his nieces Heather Sosa (David), Janine Ruisi (Daniel Dietrich), and Nicole Ruisi (Adam Abbate), and their children, his brothers Mark (Helene), Michael, Patrick (Grace), and sister Kerri McGlynn, his cousins Nancy Helstrom, Bruce Scott (Ginger), and Richard Scott and his beloved dogs Lexi and Jack.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cape Cod Times Needy Fund, Animal Rescue League of Brewster, or to the charity of one’s choice.


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David J. Carnes

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June Herold

November 23, 2021

Dear Roxane,
My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family in the loss of your dear husband and father to your children. While I did not know your husband personally, I can sympathize with your loss. My prayers and love go forth to you, Roxane, as you continue to deal with your own personal struggles following your accident. Wishing you comfort and healing. In friendship, June Herold

Richard Rondeau

November 6, 2021

Met Dave over 50 years ago in Viet-Nam. Through the years, we lost contact and thanks to another good friend Michael, we all got together in the last couple of years to reminest and share old photo's of our times together over lunch. Memories I shall never forget.

R.I.P. Dave

Alice & Rich

Michael McGlynn

November 4, 2021

Condolences to Dave's family and friends. I was pleased to have met Dave a few times in recent years and to have gotten to know him.

Michael Dury

November 1, 2021

We met in 1970 on our first day in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam. Our base camp was in the Phu Tai Valley, a desolate place destroyed by Napalm and Agent Orange. As soldiers have done since Alexander conquered the world, we bonded as brothers; shared our most inner feelings and aspirations for if we got "back to the world". That shared combat experience created a glue which never weakened. He married the best possible partner he could have. He treasured Roxane and understood how lucky he was. He was a tough old soldier until the end. For Dave the pipes were calling. I'll kneel and say an Ave for thee; and may you sleep in peace until we meet again.