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 longtime Kentucky dealer

Herbert E. Miller Jr., who owned and operated Louisville, Ky.-based Falls City Boat Works for years, died of cancer Aug. 12. He was 81. Miller worked with his father at the boat dealership for many years. Starting in 1986, Miller began working alongside his son, Ed, who runs the business today, according to Miller’s obituary…more

Industry mourns Walker Agency founder

Mike Walker, president of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, died Thursday, surrounded by his family, at a Hospice near his home in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 64. “The [non-alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver] just got to be too much to battle,” Walker’s wife, Mary, wrote on the family’s CaringBridge website. “As if everyone knew…more

Industry mourns Connecticut boatyard owner

Jarvis Stewart Barton, 91, died last Thursday while at Portland (Conn.) Boat Works, a place that family and friends describe as “his very favorite place on earth.” He purchased the yard on the Connecticut River after returning from World War II, where he served aboard the submarine USS Runner. “Jarvis was a man of distinct…more

Industry mourns co-founder of W.D. Schock

Betty Schock, co-founder of W.D. Schock Corp. with her husband, Bill, in 1946, has died, according to the company’s website. “Betty was an integral part of the W.D. Schock Corporation,” the website said. “For over 66 years Bill and Betty have provided joy for many sailors.” Bill worked on design and production and Betty managed…more

Industry mourns longtime yacht broker

Richard Bischoff, 80, who had a long career in the marine industry as a yacht broker, died July 11 after complications from heart surgery. “Dick” as he was affectionately known, began his career in 1961 and became a pioneer in selling and marketing larger yachts and sportfishing boats. Working his way up from Travelift operator…more

Self-help business author is remembered

Stephen R. Covey, who won a global following and a five-year run on bestseller lists by fusing the genres of self-help and business literature in his 1989 book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: Restoring the Character Ethic,” died Monday at a hospital in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He was 79. His family said in…more

South Florida marine stalwart loses cancer battle

Frederick “Rick” Allen, a fixture in the South Florida marine industry in a number of roles through three decades, died July 11 at the age of 60 after a battle with cancer. “Rick contributed significantly to the growth of South Florida’s marine industry, as well as to the successes of the Marine Industry Association of…more

Industry mourns former Winner Boats president

Peter Lufkin, past president of Winner Boats and a boatbuilding pioneer, died Friday in his Pittsburgh-area home. A boatbuilding innovator in the 1960s and ’70s, Lufkin, 87, was the first to create an all-fiberglass boat by developing a fiberglass stringer system and floor for each new Winner boat, eliminating the wood floor and stringer system,…more

Longtime Thetford Corp. manager dies in accident

Mary R. Burrows the longtime manager of chemical engineering for Thetford Corp., died last week following a bicycle accident near her home in Dexter, Mich. “Mary was a wonderful friend, person and co-worker,” Thetford executive vice president Kevin Phillips said in a statement. “She was liked and respected by everyone who worked at Thetford the…more

Longtime California shipyard owner dies

Delbert “Bud” Tretter, 80, owner of the Marina Shipyard in Long Beach, Calif., died June 14. The Marina Shipyard has been family-owned and operated since 1964. A memorial service will be held next week for Tretter. Tretter worked several years to restore P-520, the crash rescue boat that his son Jerry captained to welcome the…more

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