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.

Well-known California sailor remembered

Gerry Driscoll, a world-famous competitive sailor and California marine industry icon, died March 12 at his home. He was 86. John Gerald Driscoll III was a seventh-generation Californian, a longtime resident of San Diego and a member of the San Diego Yacht Club, The Log newspaper reported. Driscoll and his brother, Harlan, opened a boatyard…more

Industry sales veteran mourned

Industry veteran George Shaw passed away March 19 at his home in Macomb Township, Mich. He was 86. Shaw, a Navy veteran of World War II, worked in the marine industry for 43 years. He served as sales manager at Gray Marine, which was later bought by Crusader Marine, and also Thermo Electron. He retired…more

Family mourns Connecticut boatbuilder

Connecticut lost a respected boatbuilder when Richard Thomas “Rick” Persson died Feb. 20 at Yale-New Haven Hospital after falling ill at home the preceding week. He was 55. From his youth, Persson worked at the family boatbuilding business in Old Saybrook – his father’s Seth Persson Boat Builders – and for the last 14 years…more

Memorial planned for noted Florida sailor

Family and friends of sailing industry veteran Michael J. Robertson are planning a celebration of life on March 12 for the lifelong sailmaker, sailor and angler, who died Dec. 27 at the age of 59. The memorial cookout will begin at 1 p.m. at Terra Ceia Island Park on Florida’s Terra Ceia Island. A service…more

Former Paradise Marine president dies

Boating industry veteran Robert “Bob” Alan Greenberg of Cherryville, N.C., passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday. From 1989-1994, he was vice president/general manager of the yacht division of Sea Ray Boats in Merritt Island, Fla. For the next eight years, he was the owner and president of Paradise Marine of Melbourne, Fla. From 2002-10, Greenberg was…more

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Noted sportfishing boat designer remembered

Carson R. “Buddy” Davis Jr., who designed and built Carolina-style sportfishing boats from 28 to 78 feet, died Monday at his home in Marathon, Fla., after a lengthy illness, his wife, Barbara, said. He was 62. A native of Manteo, N.C., Davis was the son of Carson Ralph Davis and “Nonnie” Etheridge Davis, and the…more

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Florida boatyard manager remembered

Michael Robertson, longtime service manager at Sailor’s Wharf Yacht Yard in St. Petersburg, Fla., died Dec. 26. He was 59. Robertson started working for Sailor’s Wharf as a rigger in October 1998 and was service manager for the last eight years. He left the company in March. An accomplished sailor, Robertson logged two successful trans-Atlantic…more

MMI Marine sales professional dies

Tom Zavala, a sailor and longtime marine industry professional in Southern California, died July 3. He was 70. Zavala was a 15-year sales professional at the parts distributor MMI Marine in Newport, Calif. Click here for the report by regional marine publication The Log.

Maine boatyard owner dies

James H. Rich, owner of the James H. Rich Boat Yard in Maine, died Tuesday. He was 78. Rich operated his yard, in West Tremont, for 52 years. He built, restored and stored boats. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the Army. Rich was a former member of the Knights of…more

Connecticut yacht builder dies of cancer

Noted yacht builder Hans Zimmer of Ivoryton, Conn., died Sunday at his home after a long bout with cancer. He was 69. Born in Germany, he emigrated in 1981 to the U.S., where he was a master shipwright at Brewer Pilots Point Marina in Westbrook, Conn. He took great pride in building and restoring wooden…more

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