The longtime owner of a marina in Montauk on New York’s Long Island was found dead floating in harbor waters on Sept. 1. Carl Darenberg Jr. was 64.
Mr. Darenberg ran Montauk Marine Basin, which takes boats up to 50 feet. His body was found off Uihlein’s Marina docks. Foul play was not suspected.
Many in the area considered him a legend. According to news reports, his father bought the marina in 1955 and he worked there his whole life.
“This is a real loss to our Montauk fishing community,” said marina owner Henry Uihlein.
“He cared so much about Montauk and wanted to promote Montauk as a fishing community,” his cousin, Debbie Tuma, told the East Hampton Press. “From me, coming from a fishing family, what I’m going to miss about Carl is his whole knowledge of the fishing history. It goes down with him. He knew so much about all the history, the fishermen, the winning fish, the things that happened in Montauk that were significant. The sport fishing in Montauk is seventh in the world. If you ever wanted to know something, you’d ask Carl.”
He was named the Montauk Chamber of Commerce’s Man of the Year in 2012.
Readers and friends of this news story commented on the website:
“I met Carl in 1974 when I was an 11-year-old kid and had caught my first shark. He said to me with that big smile of his, ‘Well, kid, you’re going be hooked on fishing for life now!’ ” Boy, was he right. I saw Carl every summer after that and always enjoyed his company. He was a genuine nice guy with a big heart and he will be missed. I can’t imagine Montauk without Carl.”