Friday, August 04, 2017
Daniel Joseph Carnese, Sr. of Woodbury, a former Westport resident who was active in town affairs for several decades, died Aug. 1 after a long illness. He was 91.
During the 1970s, Carnese was head of a taxpayers’ group that often pushed for reduced educational spending. He served on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) from 1985 to 1991.
He was born in Greenwich on Aug. 29, 1925, the only child of Anthony G. Carnese and Jean Orlando Carnese. He grew up in Rye Brook, New York, graduating from Port Chester High School in 1943.
Pursuing his lifelong interest in aviation, he entered Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s aeronautical engineering program and then transferred to MIT, receiving his BS in aeronautical engineering in 1947.
His first employer was Piasecki Aircraft in Pennsylvania, a pioneer in rotorcraft research and development.
In 1953, he joined Republic Aircraft in fixed-wing aircraft development and moved to Merrick, Long Island, New York, where his family grew with the births of Daniel, Jr. and Diane Carol.
In 1966. Dan returned to his first love, helicopters, and moved to Connecticut and Sikorsky Aircraft. In 1970, he became a resident of Westport, and became involved in community affairs for the next 23 years.
He was a member of the Westport Republican Town Committee, Westport Taxpayers Association, the RTM, the Westport Horticultural Society, the MIT Club of Fairfield County, and Saint Luke Roman Catholic Church.
Hw received his Masters Degree in management from the University of Bridgeport in 1973. He then joined the UB faculty, where he established and became the first director of the Engineering School’s Cooperative Work Program.
Leaving UB in 1978, he became a federal employee of the U.S. Navy as an engineering professional for NAVPRO at Sikorsky Aircraft. Subsequently he left NAVPRO and rejoined Sikorsky’s Engineering Department until his retirement in 1990.
Shortly after retirement, he purchased a vacation home in Bolton Landing, New York, on Lake George, where he had spent many summers as a child.
True to his lifelong commitment to giving back to his community, he became a staunch supporter and active board member of the Lake George Association, as well as the Congers Point Association.
He married Jean Viering McGuire in 1994 and, leaving prior lives behind, they moved to Woodbury to begin a new chapter together.
Although permanent residents of Woodbury, they continued to spend much of each year in their beloved Bolton Landing house where they made many friends and enjoyed entertaining their families and out-of-state friends.
In Woodbury, Dan became involved in his new community. He served on the 2000 Charter Revision Commission, supported many civic causes, and for many years was a frequent attendee at town meetings and board meetings.
He gave generously of his time, talent, and treasure to those causes he cared about. He was a longtime member of the Woodbury Lions Club and St. Teresa’s Men’s Club.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, Jean, include his son, Daniel J. Carnese, Jr. (Angela Sutton) of Emerald Hills, California, his daughter, Diane C. Seader (Robert) of Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania, his stepdaughter, Lisa M. Myers (Michael Rivard) of Seymour, his stepson John C. (Jay) McGuire of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and grandchildren Sara M. Myers (Mark Marchitto) of Beacon Falls, and Matthew R. McGuire of North Kingston, Rhode Island.
Calling hours will take place on Friday, Aug. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Munson-Lovetere Funeral Home, Main Street, South, Woodbury. The Memorial Mass will take place on Saturday, Aug. 5, at 11 a.m., at St. John of the Cross Church, Middlebury, with the family greeting friends beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at North Cemetery, Woodbury.
Donations in Dan’s memory may be made to: The Salvation Army; Boys Town, Nebraska; St. Jude’s Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee; or St. Vincent de Paul Mission, Waterbury.
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