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 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

Industry mourns windsurfing pioneer

Jim Drake, an aeronautical engineer credited with inventing windsurfing in the late 1960s, died Tuesday of complications of emphysema at his home in Pfafftown, N.C., at the age of 83. “He led an incredible, incredible life,” longtime friend Bill Mai told the Winston-Salem Journal. “He was a generous man. He never held a grudge against…more

Industry mourns longtime Rhode Island yacht broker

Bruce Brakenhoff Sr., co-founder of the Bartram & Brakenhoff Yacht Brokerage, died at the age of 80 after a heart attack June 15 at his home in Jamestown, R.I. Brakenhoff started his career more than 50 years ago with Orienta Marine, was a vice president at Northrop & Johnson and co-founded Newport, R.I.-based Bartram &…more

Industry mourns famed yachting artist

Willard Bond, best known for his original sailing action paintings, died May 19 at age 85 in Yountville, Calif., of congestive heart failure. Bond recently moved to California to be closer to his daughter, Gretchen Bond de Limur, the New York Times said in an obituary. His work, inspired by the constant action of sailboats…more

Co-founder of Turkish boatbuilder found dead

A founding partner of Proteksan Turquoise, the superyacht builder based in Turkey, died suddenly on Monday. Hayati Kamhi was found in his home in Istanbul with a gunshot wound to his head, according to published reports. The incident is still being investigated, but police are calling the death a suicide, according to reports. Kamhi, 62,…more

Industry mourns death of Hostar Marine founder

Dwight Stimson Jr., the innovative founder of Hostar Marine, died May 29 at home in Norwell, Mass. He was 82. Stimson grew up in Vermont and was a graduate of the Lyndon Institute and Middlebury College. He served in the Navy during the Korean War and worked for General Electric, Texas Instruments, Factory Mutual and…more

Industry mourns noted boat designer

Frank Bethwaite, 92, a pioneer in small-boat design and research, died Saturday after a short illness, surrounded by his family. Born in 1920 in Wanganui, New Zealand, Bethwaite learned to sail on the Wanganui River, building his own boats and experimenting with rigs and hull designs. He designed a new boat in 1975 called the…more

Industry mourns longtime marine journalist

Dan Fales, a well-known and respected marine journalist for more than two decades, died Wednesday at the age of 78 after a long battle with lung cancer. “Dan was a gentleman in every way,” says Peter Janssen, former publisher and editor-in-chief at Motor Boating & Sailing, where he worked with Fales for more than 20…more

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