David Charles Harmon

August 7, 1964April 28, 2019

David Charles Harmon, 54, of Eastham, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2019. He was the son of the late Hoyt H. Harmon Jr., and Judith B. Harmon. He is survived by his mother Judy of Orleans, brother Bruce of Northborough, and sister Barbara of Orleans, and Ocala, FL.

David attended high school in Berwyn, PA, graduating in 1982, and then moving to Florida to attend college at FIT in Tampa. In 1984 he relocated to Fort Lauderdale to attend the Art Institute, where he studied graphic design and began to grow his vast network of fun-loving friends. After some time in Melbourne, he ended up in Jupiter where he lived for many years, working as a graphic designer for a small print company, and adventuring all over Florida and the Caribbean. Dave made his way back to the Cape in the late ’90’s, ending up at EMS (Eastern Mountain Sports) where he worked for many years as manager of shipping. In this position he met many outdoor enthusiasts who sought him out specifically, for their equipment needs as he was clear and generous with knowledge. He also instructed beginners at EMS and elsewhere in kayak and paddle board. Concurrently, a fascination with all things tropical increased, and his intense study of Hawaiian and Polynesian culture resulted in his carving large and small Polynesian tikis, the demand for which he could not keep up with. He was always busy and entrenched in activities from the day he was born, and throughout his life, having difficulty finding time for all his passions. He played guitar with Randy and the Oak Trees around the outer Cape for a few years (though had always been a drummer), and the relationships acquired through this venue introduced the entire family into the local Cape music culture, and now includes them as friends.

One of the overwhelmingly numerous and kind notes, written by an old friend, reads: “Dave was a happy, charismatic, super-talented, super-humble, hysterically funny, gifted artist, (drawing, painting, graphics, photography, wood & stone carving). He was a highly skilled drummer, keyboardist, bassist, electric and acoustic guitarist and song writer... ..He was also a true, seasoned waterman and lover of all creatures here on mother earth and within mother ocean...but most of all, he was a kind, caring, loyal son, loyal brother and loyal friend with a heart of gold. He will be missed, but never forgotten…there are far too many good times and adventures to reflect upon.”

The family is planning a beach celebration at Nauset Beach (Priscilla’s Landing) in Orleans for 12 noon, Sunday May 19. Anyone with an appreciation for the ocean is invited.

In lieu of flowers, donation instructions may be found on David's online memorial at, or go directly to The Ocean Conservancy, Surfrider Foundation, or WildCare of Cape Cod’s websites.


  • Celebration of Life Sunday, May 19, 2019


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Adam Sinuc

May 19, 2019

I worked with Dave at EMS circa 05’ and he pushed me to buy my first whitewater kayak that year. He inspired me for what has become now a 14+ year religion and favorite sport. (He was also stoked to have another person to go with)
Over the last two years I made a major career change from a 22 year IT career to the Boat Captain industry. Dave had encouragement and smile for me when I was waffling about it.
He was a unique, caring, wonderful, kind artistic rarity in this world. He did what he loved in this world which can be very rare. He will be missed tremendously and will always be thought of anytime I’m paddling

Thanks for being a truly real person
Keep paddling Dave

James R McClure

May 8, 2019

I met Dave while working at Eastern Mountain Sports, (EMS), in Hyannis. Intelligent, humorous, highly talented, with a delightful touch of quirkiness, Dave demonstrated a commitment to nature and of all things aquatic. I will always remember the smile on his face and how it would light up when he described his ritual of feeding his little squirrel buddies every morning. After his recent trip to Hawaii, he positively glowed with joy as he showed me his photographs and a video of a large sea gull strutting about his rented condo, eventually exiting via the balcony. Dave was a bit of a worrier, but this trait led to him being thorough and always prepared. He was a funny, responsible and caring man.

Jerry Evans

May 6, 2019

Beyond the surf I didn’t know David that well but he was a guy I always looked forward to running into at the beach.
With his big smile and so much positive energy he always brought a smile to my face and was a pleasure to share waves with.
I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing and will miss his positive energy out in the lineup.
My heart goes out to his family at this difficult time.
Ride on David.

Mary Johns

May 5, 2019

Dear Harmon Family,
I am deeply saddened to hear the news of Dave’s passing. I work in the corporate office for EMS and was so excited when he decided to come back when we re opened the Hyannis location last September.
Dave always had the best smile to greet anyone with and I am clearly in awe after reading all the accomplishments and special things he did with his life! Such an outstanding, accomplished, fun loving, happy and sincere guy! I wish you all the very best during this very difficult time. Please know he touched people near and far. Praying for him and for all of you .., ❤️🙏🏻

Barbara Harmon

May 4, 2019

Barbara Harmon

May 4, 2019