Obituaries

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.

Ham Hamberger has been called a “visionary whose influence continues in the marine industry to this day.”

Industry loses one of its true giants

Sylvan “Ham” Hamberger, who worked in leadership positions at Mercury Marine, Boston Whaler, Yamaha and Tracker Marine during a 40-year career in the industry, died July 24 in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 86.

“Tin Man” Bill Ek made his mark on the industry.

Industry mourns its ‘Tin Man,’ Bill Ek

William “Bill” J. Ek, who cut his teeth in the recreational boating business at his father’s shop and went on to build a career in sales and marketing for several boat companies over decades, died Aug. 1 in Shell Lake, Wis., at the age of 79.

Brunswick mourns Lowe Boats vice president

The Brunswick Boat Group said Monday that it was deeply saddened by the death of David Kirkland, vice president of commercial operations for Lowe Boats, who died Thursday at his home in Lebanon, Mo. He was 59.

Industry mourns ‘Tin Man’ Bill Ek

William “Bill” J. Ek, who grew up in the boating business and built a career in in sales and marketing for several companies, died Aug. 1, at Indianhead Medical Center in Shell Lake, Wis. He was 79.

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Industry mourns NMMA Hall of Famer Sylvan Hamberger

Sylvan “Ham” Hamberger, who worked in leadership positions at Mercury Marine, Boston Whaler, Yamaha and Tracker Marine during a 40-year career in the industry, died Friday in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 86.

Industry mourns Western Branch Diesel COO

Rob Miltz, chief operating officer of Western Branch Diesel in Portsmouth, Va., and a 40-year industry veteran, died July 8 of complications from a medical procedure. He was 63.

Industry mourns Forespar sales executive

Longtime sailing industry professional William Mosher died unexpectedly on July 3 of complications from sleep apnea. He was 67 and only weeks away from his 68th birthday.

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