Daniel Carver Fales

Jun 08, 2012

ST. GEORGE — Daniel Fales died peacefully at home April 11, 2012, with his wife at his side after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 78 years old.

He and his wife of 43 years, Jerry Greer Fales, had lived in Tenants Harbor for 14 years, having moved here from mid-town Manhattan, where they both worked in the magazine publishing business for over 30 years.

Dan was born in Albany, N.Y., and grew up in Forest Hills, N.Y. He was a graduate of Colgate University, but his academic years were interrupted by a three-year stint in the Army. He liked to say that he was a "gentleman C" student before joining the Army in 1954, and after being discharged from the Army and returning to school he made the Dean's List.

He began his editorial career on the Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, Mass., and was a regional reporter for Time, Inc. before moving to New York City to work for Hearst Magazines as boating and outdoor editor for Popular Mechanics. It was here he met his wife. They were married in 1968 and both remained in the publishing business until their retirement in 1998. During those 30 years Dan also worked at Sports Afield's Rod & Gun magazine, was managing editor and later executive editor of Motor Boating & Sailing magazine and was managing editor of Popular Mechanics. He had a brief turn at CBS's Sea magazine before returning to Hearst and Motor Boating & Sailing until retirement.

While at MB&S Dan and Jerry had a 36-foot Jarvis Newman lobsterboat built in Maine — the hull in Southwest Harbor and the buildup in Thomaston. It was during the nine-month buildup by Roger Morse that Dan and Jerry discovered the St. George peninsula while staying at the East Wind Inn in Tenants Harbor. Because of that and the subsequent years of cruising to and from Tenants Harbor for vacations they decided to retire here. It was a renewal of love for Dan, who as a teenager had taken the Laura B out to Monhegan to visit his aunt and uncle one summer.

After retirement in 1998 Dan continued to write a monthly marine electronics column for Motor Boating and became a technical consultant on the completely revised 66th edition of CHAPMAN Piloting and Seamanship, the "bible of boating." He also taught boating courses for the Mid-Coast Sail & Power Squadron, which he was a member of since 1998. He had also been a member of the New York Yacht Club.

In recent years he organized a group of citizen volunteers to help the St. George Volunteer Fire & Ambulance Association with non-technical support. The association honored him with a Certificate of Appreciation after he stepped down as head of the citizen volunteers last year.

Dan is survived by his wife, Jerry; nephews Ron and Scott Shaw, Scott's wife Holly and daughter Annelise, all of Houston, Texas; cousin David B. Fales, his wife Patty and their sons Jamie and J.T., all of East Norwalk, Conn.; cousin Ann Ferebee and her son John of New York City; and many wonderful friends.

A memorial cruise on the Laura B out of Port Clyde was held May 26 to toast Dan on his 79th birthday and to scatter his ashes in the water he loved so much. It was a perfect farewell to a man described by friends as "a man of remarkable integrity," "a true gentleman," "the ultimate bon vivant," and a man whose smile will be remembered by all.

Memorial donations may be made to the St. George Volunteer Fire & Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 249, Tenants Harbor, ME 04860; Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care/Hospice, 170 Pleasant St., Rockland, ME 04841; or the Humane Society of Knox County, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841.

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