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.

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

Former US Sailing exec dies at 70

Former executive director of US Sailing John Bledsoe Bonds died June 8 aboard his J/40, Alliance, in Newport R.I. He was 70 years old. According to an obituary by noted sailing author John Rousmaniere, Bonds was always infatuated with the sea and boating. Born in Arkansas, he attended Rice University in Houston and became an…more

New England sailor, author and coach is mourned

Roger Fenn Duncan, co-author of “The Cruising Guide to the New England Coast” editions five through 11, died last Saturday after an extended illness in his hometown of Boothbay, Maine. He was 93. Duncan was an avid sailor, cruising Eastward, his 32-foot Friendship sloop for 40 summers as part of the Friendship Sloop Society in…more

Marine journalism community loses a member

Well-known boating writer and editor Roy Attaway died May 9 of a stroke. He was in his early 70s. Attaway worked as a reporter and editor for The Beaufort Gazette in Beaufort, S.C., and the Post & Courier in Charleston, S.C. before moving to New York City where he was editor in chief of Boating…more

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