OBITUARY

James Carnell

March 23, 1930June 20, 2018
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James Alan Carnell, 88, of Old Lyme, passed peacefully at Connecticut Hospice in Branford June 20, supported by his loving family. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin March 23, 1930, the son of George and E. Josephine Carnell. He was raised in Great Neck, NY where he met and married Irene Anne Hamilton. They were married for 60 years before her passing in 2013. Jim is survived by his children, Susan Carnell (Larry), Diane Bates(Chip), Russell Carnell (Patricia), Nancy Tiffany (Dave), grandchildren, Tyler Bates, Lauren Bates Gerber (Tyler), Nicole Tiffany and Jake Tiffany. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Alexandra “Sandy” Tromba and nieces and nephew Barbara Haggerty, Barbara Tromba Murphy, Kathy Tromba Doran and Billy Tromba. He is predeceased by his sister, Joan Carnell Haggerty and his nephews David and Thomas Haggerty. An Engineer and Inventor with a keen intellect and quick wit, Jim was a loving father and grandfather, “Poppy”, and had many good friends he enjoyed over his wonderful years. Jim graduated from New York State Maritime Academy (formally Fort Schuyler) with a degree in Marine Engineering, a commission as an ensign in the US Naval Reserve and a Coast Guard License as a 3rd Engineering Officer in the US Merchant Marine. He was a Naval Engineer officer during the Korean War, stationed in Key West, Florida, Tacoma, Washington, and Stockton, California before settling in Connecticut to raise his family. Jim worked at Electric Boat as an engineer. He invented and created a one-man submarine, BENTHOS III, “Benny”, which was purchased by Electric Boat and renamed STAR I and was displayed at The Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for many years. Jim later worked at Lear Siegler, Inc and designed the two-man submarine BENTHOS IV, which was used for numerous Naval ocean explorations. While employed by VAST, Inc, Jim constructed a Sonar Buoy (listening devise) used by Naval Underwater Systems to acoustically characterize the ocean down to 20,000 feet. In 1984 Jim founded C&M Technology, Inc., Old Saybrook, CT., which built Innovative Components for Oceanographic Data Collection Systems. C&M (CMT) worked on numerous Naval contracts that had him design a Horizontal Telescopic Array with 12 telescopic arms used to record data on the ocean floor, the SLED, towed from shore in 20ft of water that rotated positions to record radio sounds from many distances, a Datalink Antenna Tracker, a Wideband Data Acquisition Unit and Transducer Positioning Systems (a computer and command-controlled unit.) Jim was a Mason for 53 years, served as a Master of Pythagoras Lodge three times, as well as District Deputy of the 7th Masonic District. He was a member of the Regional District #18 Building Committees during the construction and renovations of the original High School, Middle School and Mile Creek Elementary School. Jim was an avid golfer and enjoyed bowling, fishing, poker and travel. He was a member of Old Lyme Country Club for many years with his wife, Irene, and Black Hall Club for 39 years, where he served on the Black Hall Board of Governors during his membership. Jim was a member of Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church in Old Lyme, CT. His family is hosting a Celebration of Jim’s Life at The Old Lyme Inn, 85 Lyme Street on Thursday, June 28th between 4pm and 7pm. Remembrances will be shared at 6:00 pm. The burial will be at the convenience of the family. Donations in his name can be made to: The Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd. Branford, CT 06407 American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852

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  • Celebration of Life Thursday, June 28, 2018
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Joseph Mingrone

June 28, 2018

I had the pleasure of working with Jim for more than 20 years at C&M Technology. He was the senior mechanical engineer and I was the junior electrical engineer. Much of what I know about working at sea I learned from Jim on the many days we spent at sea together. He was methodical, organized and competent in an understated way. Calm, steady and with a great sense of humor, he was a good person to have around when the going got rough, which it often did. He was a major influence in my career and the things I learned from him I still apply to this day.

A funny story I’d like to share comes from a trip we made together to Greece. We were in a taxi rushing to get to the ship we were meeting when the taxi driver, upon discovering we were Americans, decided to do something “nice” for us. He pulled over to an unmarked building and emerged a few minutes later with an industrial-sized box of ice cream (fudgsicles to be exact), which he handed to us and jumped back in. “Thanks!”, we said. Well it was a hot summer day and as luck would have it, we got stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic in downtown Athens. The box started sweating almost immediately and then began dripping chocolate. Not wanting to appear ungrateful, we said nothing and continued at a snail’s pace for another 45 minutes in the noonday sun. The last leg of our journey found Jim and I on foot, running full speed down a long pier hoping to salvage our soggy prize. But it was not to be. Laughing, and out of breath, we heaved the chocolaty mess into a nearby dumpster and vowed to never again accept ice cream from a cab driver.

Rest in Peace Jim.

Kristin Cooksley Magnussen

June 28, 2018

Sue, Diane,Russ and Nancy- I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. Even though I knew him from growing up in Old Lyme, I had no idea how accomplished he was until I read his obituary. Both of your parents were very special people. May the memories of the good times keep him alive in your heart.

Elaine and Paul Dodge

June 25, 2018

Sue, Diane, Nancy, and Russ...Although neither Paul nor I knew your Dad for a very long time, we did have the pleasure of being in his company on several happy occasions. Reading his obit gave me the insight as to how intelligent and wonderful your Dad was. I loved all the pictures - they were all happy and very family oriented. We know how much you'll all miss him...Daddys are very special. Keep him in your hearts forever, for that's where he'll be for all of you when you need him. He's with his darling, Irene, so you know they're happy and looking down on all of you. We love you all so much...

Ginny & Frank Tubeck

June 23, 2018

In the midst of a Florida thunderstorm we reminisce about the good times we had with Jim and Irene at Rogers Lake and beyond. All the way from the basement that Jim renovated at their home on Rogers Lake trail, the rented house on Lyme St. and Parsons Farm Lane, they were good friends and gracious hosts. Our condolences to the family. Ginny and Frank.

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Biography

James Alan Carnell, 88, of Old Lyme, passed peacefully at Connecticut Hospice in Branford June 20, supported by his loving family. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin March 23, 1930, the son of George and E. Josephine Carnell. He was raised in Great Neck, NY where he met and married Irene Anne Hamilton. They were married for 60 years before her passing in 2013.
Jim is survived by his children, Susan Carnell (Larry), Diane Bates(Chip), Russell Carnell (Patricia), Nancy Tiffany (Dave), grandchildren, Tyler Bates, Lauren Bates Gerber (Tyler), Nicole Tiffany and Jake Tiffany. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Alexandra “Sandy” Tromba and nieces and nephew Barbara Haggerty, Barbara Tromba Murphy, Kathy Tromba Doran and Billy Tromba. He is predeceased by his sister, Joan Carnell Haggerty and his nephews David and Thomas Haggerty.
An Engineer and Inventor with a keen intellect and quick wit, Jim was a loving father and grandfather, “Poppy”, and had many good friends he enjoyed over his wonderful years.
Jim graduated from New York State Maritime Academy (formally Fort Schuyler) with a degree in Marine Engineering, a commission as an ensign in the US Naval Reserve and a Coast Guard License as a 3rd Engineering Officer in the US Merchant Marine. He was a Naval Engineer officer during the Korean War, stationed in Key West, Florida, Tacoma, Washington, and Stockton, California before settling in Connecticut to raise his family.
Jim worked at Electric Boat as an engineer. He invented and created a one-man submarine, BENTHOS III, “Benny”, which was purchased by Electric Boat and renamed STAR I and was displayed at The Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for many years.
Jim later worked at Lear Siegler, Inc and designed the two-man submarine BENTHOS IV, which was used for numerous Naval ocean explorations. While employed by VAST, Inc, Jim constructed a Sonar Buoy (listening devise) used by Naval Underwater Systems to acoustically characterize the ocean down to 20,000 feet.
In 1984 Jim founded C&M Technology, Inc., Old Saybrook, CT., which built Innovative Components for Oceanographic Data Collection Systems.
C&M (CMT) worked on numerous Naval contracts that had him design a Horizontal Telescopic Array with 12 telescopic arms used to record data on the ocean floor, the SLED, towed from shore in 20ft of water that rotated positions to record radio sounds from many distances, a Datalink Antenna Tracker, a Wideband Data Acquisition Unit and Transducer Positioning Systems (a computer and command-controlled unit.)
Jim was a Mason for 53 years, served as a Master of Pythagoras Lodge three times, as well as District Deputy of the 7th Masonic District. He was a member of the Regional District #18 Building Committees during the construction and renovations of the original High School, Middle School and Mile Creek Elementary School.
Jim was an avid golfer and enjoyed bowling, fishing, poker and travel. He was a member of Old Lyme Country Club for many years with his wife, Irene, and Black Hall Club for 39 years, where he served on the Black Hall Board of Governors during his membership.
Jim was a member of Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church in Old Lyme, CT.
His family is hosting a Celebration of Jim’s Life at The Old Lyme Inn, 85 Lyme Street on Thursday, June 28th between 4pm and 7pm. Remembrances will be shared at 6:00 pm.
The burial will be at the convenience of the family.
Donations in his name can be made to:
The Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd. Branford, CT 06407
American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852