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.

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

Noted Midwestern marine surveyor dies

G. Gordon Group, founder of Great Lakes Marine Surveyors Company in Mentor, Ohio, died Nov. 23 at the age of 81. He also was an avid sailor and a member of the Edgewater Yacht Club in Cleveland for 56 years. Click here to read his obituary.

Acclaimed builder, designer dies

Edmund A. Cutts Sr., an acclaimed yacht designer, custom boatbuilder, author and Navy veteran who founded the Cutts & Case boatyard in Oxford, Md., died Nov. 11 at the age of 82. He worked in several yards in the capacities of designer, loftsman and boatbuilder. Cutts also began writing for ‘Rudder’ magazine in 1963 and…more

Former Crown Bay Marina director passes

Carole Dudley, former director of operations at St. Thomas’ Crown Bay Marina, died Oct. 26 following a brief battle with stomach cancer. She was 63. Dudley was recruited by Crown Bay Marina in 1986 as executive secretary to the development team during the marina’s construction phase. “In the death of Carole Dudley, the VI marine…more

Gudzik’s Marine owner dies

Kenneth Michael “Mike” Gudzik, co-owner of Gudzik’s Marine and The Boat Place in Port Jefferson, N.Y., died Oct. 19 after a brief battle with cancer. It was his 65th birthday. Gudzik was born in Garfield, Ga., and graduated from Port Jefferson High School in 1963, continuing on to study marine biology at Muskegon College in…more

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