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DAVID CARNELL


1947 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
DAVID CARNELL Obituary
David Carnell passed away peacefully at home on November 12, 2016. He was born in Los Angeles, CA, on April 6, 1947, the second child of a musical family, and played bass guitar for all of his adult life.
He was also an avid reader, and always had a book going, with several more lined up. He liked all kinds, but especially enjoyed mysteries, spy thrillers, and military history. He served in the Army as a medic, during the Vietnam Era, after graduating in 1965 from Cleveland High School in Reseda, CA, where he was named Senior Athlete of the Year, for his basketball skill.
A knee injury ended his basketball career, but not his love of surfing, and baseball, which he played for fun, from first grade until middle age. He switched to golf, in his later years, and went on many golf trips, most often with his pals from Sundale Country Club, in Bakersfield, CA.
He also loved the horse races, and could often be found studying The Racing Form. He didn't always win, but was always an award winner himself, accumulating many athletic trophies, as well as work-related awards. He retired from the US Postal Service after 30 years, 26 of them as a supervisor, and even received letters of appreciation from some grateful customers, who got his personal help for their problems. This isn't a common thing, in his line of work.
After retiring, he began volunteering with Therapy Dogs International and took his beloved dog, Pearl, to visit the sick, or others needing some cheer. He so loved dogs that he once told his mother, as a child, that he wanted to live on the little island, in the middle of Lake Tahoe, with only dogs, and no people! In reality, though, he was a true "people person" with many friends, including female ones, whom he liked to tease, but was always a gentleman too. He was honest, direct, and down-to-earth, while also having a quick wit, and wry sense of humor that kept us all laughing. He lived life to the fullest and was an all-around great guy who will be missed by many. He and Pearl often worked with Hoffman Hospice, and then he briefly became a patient himself, receiving wonderful care, for which his family is very grateful.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Theresa, and 2 beautiful daughters, Cindy Krewson, and Zoe Neely (Chuck), plus 2 grandchildren, Scarlet and Liam Neely, as well as his 2 siblings, Susan Wakeford Angard and Daniel Carnell, and their spouses, Joe and Dianne, along with nephews Kristian Buccieri, Kent Wakeford, and Jason Carnell, and niece Kathryn.
Visitation is available on Thursday, November 17th, from 3:00-7:00 p.m., at Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara, on 1100 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, CA, to be followed by a 2:00 p.m. Celebration of Life service on Saturday, November 19th, at Unity Church, on 2001 Truxtun Ave., and then interment with Military Honors at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, November 21st, at the Bakersfield National Cemetery (30338 E. Bear Mountain Blvd)
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Nov. 16, 2016
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