David Kenney

Feb 15, 2021
David Kenney

Rockland — David Kenney, 69, died peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family following a long illness on the early morning of Feb. 15, 2021.

Born in Rockland, Aug. 13, 1951, he was the son of Neal Vanderbilt II and Ercell Mae Widdecombe Kenney. He was one of seven children and grew up in the Rockland school district. He discovered his love of the ocean at the early age of four, learning to be a lobsterman with his father and brothers.

When David graduated RDHS in 1969, he was soon drafted into the army for the Vietnam War. After an honorable medical discharge, he returned to the ocean and his family for his lifelong love of fishing, and raising his daughter with the help of his ever caring mother.

David had many talents, and was one of the best scallop deck hands with the fastest cutting record on many boats in New Bedford, Mass. He had many great stories of days in his leather jacket.

For many years, he was a sous-chef at the Black Pearl and Chuck Wagon restaurants. He could make a mean seafood casserole, lobster stew and lasagna. David was a lobster stern man for many years, peddled lobster and shrimp, and was one of the best eel fisherman on the river with his step-daughter, Renee. He and Renee also shared a love of hunting together near the farm in Warren, as well as hunting for bear and moose in the 'north country.'

Throughout David’s life, he loved sport fishing for striped bass on many rivers in Maine. He enjoyed sharing his passion with his daughters, taking them and family members out on the boat. Over the years, they enjoyed many lobster bakes with very fond memories of making lobster men out of shells.

David used to joke and laugh, giving his daughter Annie the “claw” with his hand and she would giggle and smile at her Daddy. Something he loved and laughed about later in life was playing with his granddaughter Lexi, one of the greatest loves of his life, as she would squeal in laughter and always come back for more.

Predeceased by his mother and father; brother Neal Ruben Kenney, who was lost at birth and loving younger brother Neal V. Kenney III and sister-in-law Judy Royce.

David is survived by his daughter Annie Geneva Kenney and granddaughter Alexis Mae Maiorino of Bow, N.H.; step-daughter Renee Grover of Cushing; sisters and brothers Lucy Kenney of Rockland, Robert Royce of Hope, Susan Kelley and her husband, Kevin, of Spruce Head Island, Dianna Trueman and her husband, Lawrence, of St. George; as well as many loving nieces and nephews and their children.

David leaves behind many friends including Peggy Kenney of Warren and numerous fishing and hunting buddies he’s traded so many stories and good times with along the way.

He will be deeply missed and never forgotten. May he “have fair winds and following seas” forever resting in peace.

Friends and relatives are invited greet the family at a walk-through visitation, from 4 to 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19, at Burpee, Carpenter and Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland.

Due to present restrictions, all are asked to wear a mask, and enter and then exit the building after a brief visit to give all in attendance the time and distance to greet the family. To share a memory or condolence with the Kenney family, visit their Book of Memories at bchfh.com.

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