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.

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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Dockside magazine publisher dies

Scott Leigh, publisher of the boating magazine Dockside, died Saturday at his home in Gig Harbor, Wash. He was 60 years old. Dockside was launched in the early 1990s as a 32-page, newsprint magazine called Boating Digest, published in a corner of a Costa Mesa, Calif., warehouse. The publication grew into a well-respected, full-color magazine…more

Marine ad salesman dies at 48

Richard Drew Rasor Jr. of Larchmont, N.Y., who had a successful career in advertising sales for several magazines, including Yachting, died suddenly last Wednesday at the age of 48 while on vacation with his family. He leaves behind his wife Kathleen Brustman Rasor, and children Drew, 13, Ryan, 12, Katie, 9, and Robbie, 6. He…more

Midwest marina patriarch dies at 92

Robert G. Keith, who owned and operated Keith’s Marina in West Bend, Wis., died April 1. He was 92. Keith bought the marina on Big Cedar Lake in 1968. In 1990, the family added to the business and now displays more than 200 boats in its showroom. “Although we purchased the business in 2001, until…more

Massachusetts marina designer dies

Capt. Bruce O. Tobiasson, 66, owner and chief engineer of Waterfront Design Associates, died Feb. 3 in Medfield, Mass. Tobiasson was known for designing more than 350 marinas and small craft harbors in the U.S. and other nations. He was an engineer for more than 45 years and began Waterfront in 1983. Many of his…more

Northeast marine figure dies of cancer

Marine industry advocate Dave Wygoda died of cancer in his hometown of Oceanside, N.Y. Originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., Wygoda was president of the Freeport Hudson Anglers, based in Freeport, N.Y., and was director of the club’s shark tournament through the 1980s and 1990s. In 2001, he chaired the Chris Larkin Memorial Fishing Tournament, one of…more

Northeast Florida’s ‘Mr. Boating’ dies

John T. Lowe, known in northeast Florida as “Mr. Boating” for his work on behalf of recreational marine interests, died Tuesday morning due to complications from a fall a month ago. He was 79. A three-time past president of the Marine Industries Association of Florida, Lowe devoted more than 40 years to ensure people’s access…more

Garelick Manufacturing chairman dies

H. Joe Garelick, chairman of the board of Garelick Manufacturing Co., passed away Dec. 8. He was 85. Garelick and his brother Saul started the St. Paul, Minn.-based manufacturing company 57 years ago in the back of an appliance store. The company’s first product was a lightweight aluminum marine boarding ladder that is still manufactured…more

Industry veteran Rocheleau dies after cancer battle

Marine industry veteran Donald G. Rocheleau passed away in his home last Friday after a battle with cancer. He was 76. Rocheleau was president of Don Rocheleau Associates, which was the exclusive North American representative for Premier Products, a manufacturer of stainless-steel hardware to the marine industry. Prior to this, he spent 33 years at…more

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