David John Carini was born on Feb. 19, 1949 in San Francisco to parents who were immigrants from Italy and he grew up in the lively Italian neighborhood of North Beach before making Petaluma his home. David passed away at home with his family in Petaluma on March 11, 2013 after a battle with cancer.

He had an impeccable work ethic and, starting at age 15 at Fisherman's Wharf, spent more than 50 years in the seafood business. His grandfather, Jasper Friscia, owned Friscia Seafood, their slogan was "Friscia Fresha Fisha."

He later joined Whole Foods, becoming the Northern Calif. regional seafood buyer and remained in that role for more than 15 years. He loved fish — talking about it, eating it, sharing it and educating people about it. That earned him the nickname "The Codfather."

David met his future wife Remy Waldteufel at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley. They reconnected at a softball game when he hit a ball out of the park. They stole a kiss through the fence at home plate, and he courted her. They married in 1973. The moments his wife remembers most were the look in his eyes the first time he held his children.

"It still makes her heart swell," said their daughter, Gianna Carini-Perada. "They were so in love, and had fun together, right to the very end."

The family moved to Petaluma in 1987. Local friends describe him as, "a genuine good guy taken from us too soon," with a warm heart and a great sense of humor. "He was one of the best men I've ever known," said Ryan Williams. "He was like a second father."

He became a fixture in some parts of Petaluma, driving around town in his red convertible with his golden retreiver Emma. He volunteered at the Butter & Egg Days parade for many years.

His daughter Gianna recalls that, "Dad loved military history, camping and outdoors, and he was an avid fan of the San Francisco 49ers and Giants." But, she shares, "He loved his wife and kids more than anything."

Mr. Carini is survived by his wife Remy Carini; children, Gianna Carini and Cayo Carini; brother John Carini; and grandchildren.

On Saturday, April 6 there will be a celebration of his life. Reservations are required by emailing to: originalcodfather49@gmail.com.