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 California businessman

On Jan. 7, the Southern California yachting community lost a thoughtful voice and an inspirational leader when Charles F. Hathaway succumbed to pneumonia and related complications. He was 86. A prominent figure in the Los Angeles business community for many decades, Hathaway’s proudest achievement was leading the refounding of the California Yacht Club in 1961,…more

Industry mourns Gougeon Brothers co-founder

Jan Clover Gougeon, who founded boatbuilder and epoxy maker Gougeon Brothers with his brothers Meade and Joel in 1960, died Tuesday in Ann Arbor, Mich. He was 67. The company began building boats and iceboats, and found great success in formulating, manufacturing and marketing West System and Pro-Set epoxies for boat construction and repair. A…more

Industry mourns longtime Michigan sales rep

Ronald Funk, who owned Land-O-Lakes Sports Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., and later became a manufacturer’s representative, died Nov. 21 in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. He was 74. Funk sold Land-O-Lakes in 1973, and afterward he worked as a sales representative for several boatbuilders, including Harris FloteBote, Evinrude, Princecraft and Starcraft/Monark. Funk and his wife,…more

Industry mourns British marine journalist

Scotland-based Mike Balmforth, one of Yachting Monthly’s longest-serving writers, died at the beginning of December after fighting a long-term illness. Balmforth joined the magazine in the 1960s and recalled his early days in an article published in the centenary issue (May 2006) titled ‘What the Dickens!’ “Only a thorough grounding in Dickens’ London could have…more

Industry mourns Lightning class sailboat builder

Thomas G. Allen III of Amherst, N.Y., an entrepreneur, boatbuilder and champion sailor, died Dec. 6. He was 81. A passionate lover of the Buffalo Canoe Club and his summer home in Bay Beach, Ontario, Allen will be remembered for his ability to build and sail boats. In 1961 he founded the Allen Boat Co.,…more

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…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

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