David McMahon, 87

June 17, 1930 - Feb. 07, 2018
David McMahon, 87, June 17, 1930 - Feb. 07, 2018

David Peter McMahon, a fisherman, carpenter, businessman, and longtime resident of Montauk, died of a stroke on Feb. 7 at the Kanas Center for Hospice Care in Quiogue. He was 87. 

“He was a fisherman by trade, but spent most of his spare time working with the Montauk Fire Department,” said his daughter Annette Snyder of East Hampton. He had been a volunteer firefighter for many years. 

Mr. McMahon was born on June 17, 1930, in East Hampton to Thomas and Augusta McMahon. He grew up on Osborne Lane and graduated from East Hampton High School. While most of his family remained in East Hampton, Mr. McMahon moved to Montauk, where he started fishing with his father-in-law. He managed the Star Island Yacht Club in Montauk and for several years owned the Snowflake, a restaurant in East Hampton that is now Bostwick’s Chowder House. 

Along with serving as a volunteer fireman, Mr. McMahon loved boating, building, and working around the house, his daughter said. He was a longtime member of St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Montauk. 

He and the former Marie Pitts were married on Oct. 4, 1949. She died in 2000.

In addition to Ms. Snyder, another daughter, Nancy Snyder of Montauk, survives, as do two grandsons. A third daughter died before him. 

A wake took place on Feb. 13 at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton, and a funeral Mass was said the next day at St. Therese of Lisieux. Mr. McMahon was buried at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery in East Hampton.