Swede Johnson, a Hall of Fame member of the Balboa Yacht Club and a longtime Baxter & Cicero sailmaker, died Jan. 14 in Costa Mesa, Calif. He was 95.
The marine industry mourns the loss of people whose inventiveness and business expertise have been the foundation of its success and helped it grow and prosper.
Gerald (Jerry) Dennis Thompson, a Southern California champion sailor of international acclaim, died at his Long Beach home Dec. 20 after several years of battling cancer. He was 75.
Andre Michel Despreaux, founder of steering wheel importer Dino Marine, died Dec. 12 in Florida. He was 70.
Sailboat racer, surfer and San Diego Yacht Club member Barry Ault died on Christmas Day after a very short, but devastating illness. He was 71.
Rochester Yacht Club member and J/24 Class enthusiast Lambert Lai died Dec. 30 at the age of 66.
Bob Dickson, 87, former sailing master of the 72-foot ketch Ticonderoga, died Sunday of throat cancer, SailingScuttlebutt.com reported.
Richard Schneider, a sailor who won US Sailing’s Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal, died Nov. 26 after recently being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. He was 79.
Sailor David Ashton died Nov. 21 after suffering complications from surgery in a Boston hospital. He was 62.
Competitive racer Joe English died Nov. 4 in Ireland at age 58 nearly 10 years after ending his career as a professional sailor because of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
Bill Green, a San Francisco-born sailor, Navy jet jockey, Coast Guard member, shrimp-boat hand, One Ton Cup winner and the proprietor of Green Marine, died Oct. 13 in Lymington, England.