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.

Industry mourns South Florida boatbuilding pioneer

George M. Irvine Jr., a pioneer in fiberglass hull construction and a leader in the fabrication of hardtops and tuna and marlin towers for sportfishing boats, died Nov. 13 of a heart attack at his home in Fort Lauderdale. He was 89.

Thiel understood boats from the inside out and was generous with his time and knowledge.

An affinity for words … and people

Friends and associates in the marine industry are mourning the death of Capt. Richard Thiel, editor-at-large of Power & Motoryacht magazine, who died Sept. 13 in Branford, Conn., of complications from a stroke suffered a week earlier. He was 70 and a resident of Chester, Conn.

Industry mourns former Perko sales manager

John “Jack” E. Barnes, who spent the latter part of a more than 40-year marine industry career as aftermarket sales manager at Perko, died Sunday in Fort Lauderdale. He was 79.

Industry mourns journalist Chris Kelly

Capt. Christopher Kelly, an award-winning multimedia producer and publisher, magazine editor and co-founder of BoatTest.com, died July 5 of lung cancer in Norwalk, Conn. He was 57.

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