David McGee Carmines (1977-2001) was born and grew up on Hilton Head, the son of Brian and Gloria Carmines, the owners of Hudsons Seafood Restaurant. He attended local schools through the 9th grade, graduated from The Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA and from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science Degree (Geology).
He loved the outdoors and from an early age focused that passion on mountain climbing, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, surfing, skiing, and kayaking. He was a Kayak instructor/tour guide at Outside Hilton Head, and worked at West Bank Angler, in Houston, Texas and also at The Sun Valley Resort in Idaho. He also loved music and was an accomplished guitar, banjo, and mandolin player.
David presented with 3rd stage non-testicular germ cell carcinoma in December, 1998, and for the next 30 months courageously fought this disease through numerous surgeries and chemotherapy and radiation regimens. He died at the M.D.Anderson Oncology Center in Houston, Texas on March 10, 2001.
He was truly an exemplary young man much beloved by his family and his enormous circle of friends with whom he kept in close contact by e-mail throughout his fight with cancer, always closing his letters with “Keep the Faith”.
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