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.

Boat carries casket in funeral procession

Friends of fisherman Billy McLeroy say they couldn’t think of a better way to remember him than by pulling his casket in a boat to the gravesite Wednesday in Anderson, S.C. They made the arrangements by putting together a casket spray of driftwood from Lake Hartwell and having lettering with McLeroy’s name, birth and death…more

Industry mourns Florida marine author

Capt. Bob Armstrong, an industry stalwart who turned his passion for boating into a diverse career, died Nov. 3 at the age of 75 at his Miami home. The Maine native, who was an avid sailor and angler as a boy, followed a career trajectory that included running a summer resort hotel, TV production, private…more

Industry mourns noted Long Island sailor

Stephen W. Moore, a sailmaker who worked with Hard Sails, North Sails and UK, died Oct. 22 in a hospice, four days after his 66th birthday. In his junior days, Moore was the outstanding junior sailor on Long Island Sound, winning the Clinton M. Bell Trophy three times with crew Peter Rugg, according to sailing.scuttlebutt.com.…more

Industry mourns small-boat sailor

Dr. Leonard K. Ruby, a surgeon and prize-winning small-boat sailor, died Oct. 3. Ruby, 70, of Falmouth, Mass., won the El Toro Nationals at age 17 in 1959. He won the Sunfish North Americans in 1982 and sailed for the United States in the 1985 Maccabiah Games. Ruby established the orthopedic hand surgery division at…more

Town mourns Massachusetts waterfront advocate

Northeast waterfront advocate and writer Anita “Tink” Martin of Winthrop, Mass., died Sept. 28. For many years she wrote the “Around the Waterfront” column in the Winthrop Transcript. “She was a tireless advocate for the harbor, for clammers and fishermen, for sailing, for water quality, safer boating, protecting our watersheds, estuaries and harbors, for educating…more

Industry mourns Maine pilot-boat captain

Capt. Susan Clark, an accomplished shipmaster who became the first female pilot for Portland Harbor in Maine and the first woman to join the elite Portland Marine Society, died Sept. 6. Clark, 48, who died after a brief battle with cancer, had worked for Portland Pilots Inc. since 2001 and piloted more than 1,000 ships…more

Industry mourns West Coast sailboat designer

George Griffith, a passionate West Coast sailor and the man behind the Cal 40 design, died Tuesday aboard his 48-foot powerboat at the age of 91. His son was at the helm of Sarissa, which Griffith had helped design with Michael Peters 25 years ago and they were en route to Long Beach, Calif. Griffith…more

Industry mourns famed pontoon boat designer

Fred Cotey, an icon in the marine industry who helped develop changes in pontoon design, performance, safety standards and engineering, died Tuesday. He was 78. “Fred’s vision and work within the industry will be greatly missed, but the standards he set will carry on to future generations of boaters,” Premier Marine president Bob Menne said…more

Oregon trade show producer is remembered

Bob O’Loughlin Sr., founder of the Portland, Ore.-based O’Loughlin Trade Shows, died Aug. 17 of natural causes at his Portland home after an annual hunting trip with his family. He was 80. For more than seven decades, O’Loughlin and his shows introduced millions of show-goers to the pleasures and joys of outdoor adventure, including boating,…more

Industry mourns British sailboat designer

Alan Gurney, who designed sailboats “the old-fashioned way,” died in late July after being diagnosed in April with terminal esophageal cancer. “Alan Gurney designed boats the old-fashioned way with drafting pencil on velum, using splines and ducks (weights), a planimeter and a seaman’s eye,” Ted Jones wrote on Scuttlebutt.com. “He thought like the water through…more

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