Doane Beal & Ames

260 Main Street, West Harwich, MA


David Kelley Akin

November 23, 1941June 12, 2019

David Kelley Akin, 77, died Wednesday, June 12, while pursuing his lifelong passion for sailing.

Dave was a kind man, with a steady manner and a positive, independent spirit.

He had a special love for sailing alone, where other responsibilities were suspended and his actions were controlled solely by his own “anticipation and reaction to wind and water,” he wrote.

He was born in Manchester, CT. He spent the early years of his career and raised his daughters in the Berkshires. He moved to Cape Cod in 1987 to locate his business closer to clients and himself closer to the ocean.

Dave was an enthusiastic alumnus of Middlebury College (’63). He went on to a career in plastics mold design engineering. He loved to work with his hands, and enjoyed the creative process of inventing and fixing—especially when it involved reusing or repurposing parts and materials.

He was a steadfast supporter of his family, who will miss him dearly: his sister Callie Weller and brother Carl Akin and their families; his beloved children, daughter Kelley Akin (wife Kate), granddaughter Eden and great-granddaughter Harper; daughter Kimberlee Shauman (husband Blake) and granddaughters Lucy and Reyna; and daughter Jennifer Resor (husband Joe).

Nearly ten years ago, Dave and Vicki Goldsmith became life partners. They enjoyed quiet times at home and adventures with family and friends. Vicki’s family embraced him and he will be especially missed as the adored “Opa” to 4-year-old Oscar, who enjoyed assembling train tracks and creating villages out of blocks with him.

Dave contributed his talents to many communities.

He was a familiar sight on Bass River and around Nantucket Sound, whether sailing his Rob Roy, “Sand Castle,” or more recently, his Presto 30, “Cirrus,” which he personally finished building when the boat yard wasn’t up to the task. He received a Life Member Award from America’s Boating Club Cape Cod, a unit of United States Power Squadrons, for volunteer activities including teaching navigation.

A decades-long member of First Parish Brewster, he took pride in singing in the choir and participating in the ManKind Project, youth mentoring, and a range of other activities.

Dave sang and played his Epiphone guitar avidly, providing the soundtrack for afternoons at home and for gatherings of family and friends. In the ’90s Dave pushed himself to overcome his fear of performing in public; and in recent years he was almost always on the roster for David Roth’s local Full Moon Open Mics.

On Wednesdays through the winter he rose at 3:30 a.m. to catch the bus with the Cape Cod Ski Club. At age 77 he left the slopes just a little earlier than he did at 67—to enjoy warming up with a cold beer.

A memorial celebration of his life will be held at First Parish Brewster on Tuesday, June 25, at 1 pm.

The family asks that contributions in honor of Dave’s memory be sent to: First Parish Brewster Endowment Fund, 1 Harwich Road, Brewster, MA 02631, and Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod, 411 Main St. – Suite 6, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675.


  • First Parish Brewster Endowmwnt Fund
  • Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod


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David Greenman

June 22, 2019

Dear Vicki

I am deeply saddened to learn of your loss. Please accept my most sincere condolences. Thinking of you with sympathy.


Joanne Smith

June 22, 2019

Dear Vicki: Sending my deepest condolences to you on the death of your partner. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. Sincerely, Joanne Smith

Bob Kelley

June 22, 2019

I would like to express my sincerest condolences to the family of Dave. I did not know him well, we met on three occasions. Once at his home in West Dennis in the 1990s, and twice recently by chance through the Habitat. He descends from the ancient name of Akin from Dartmouth. Abiel Akin came to South Yarmouth in 1793 and married Catherine Killey, daughter of David Kelley a year later. They had among other children a son named David Kelley Akin. When we met on those brief occasions we discussed our mutual family heritage. I am privileged to have known him. God Bless
Bob Kelley

Debbie Abbott

June 21, 2019

Dear Vicki,
The news was stunning. I'm sure you're devastated and heart broken. Bill and I worked with Dave at several Habitat sites and much enjoyed his company. He will be deeply missed! I'm holding you in my thoughts and prayers every day.

Debbie Abbott

Pastor Brenda Haywood

June 20, 2019

Dear Vicki,,and family

My love,,prayers and thoughts go out to you in this time of
sadness,,know that other's care,,and hold you close

with caring condolences, Pastor Brenda Haywood

Marjorie Sparrow

June 20, 2019

A strong memory... what a navigator of back roads in Provence!
Kind and steady, calm and easy going to travel, sail and spend time with.
We will miss him.

Christine Duren

June 20, 2019

Dear Vicki,
How blessed you both were to find each other, the love of your life later in life. I did not know David, but always found him to be so sweet and always greeted me with a smile. He also had great taste to choose you as his partner. Holding you in my heart and prayers.
With love,

Bruce Anderson

June 19, 2019

Vicky, I am so sorry for your loss. It will leave a big hole in your life. I am very glad that I had the opportunity to meet and get to know him a little at last years Band Dinner.

Jim Jackson

June 17, 2019

One of the best I ever sailed with. Rest in peace old friend.

Betty&the late bob Dolan

June 16, 2019

Our best power squadron buddy. Sail in peace