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.

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

Noted designer, sailing author dies

W.I.B. Crealock, an American yacht designer, sailor, and sailing author, died at his home in Carlsbad, Calif., after breaking his hip in a fall. He was 89. Crealock was known for his design, the Pacific Seacraft 36, which is in the American Sailboat Hall of Fame and was noted as a “classic American sailboat.” Click…more

Cassidy founder dies at 62

Thomas B. Cassidy, founder of the marine recruiting firm Cassidy & Associates, died unexpectedly in his Wisconsin home Oct. 4. He was 62. Cassidy graduated in 1971 from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. After a stint in the United States Navy, he earned a master’s degree in exceptional education from the University of…more

‘Skip’ Gardner dies at 66

Longtime marine industry professional Frederick William “Skip” Gardner III passed away Tuesday in Clermont, Fla., following a battle with leukemia. He was 66. Gardner’s career began as a charter captain and professional fisherman. His passion for the water and ability to create, build and maintain business relationships drove him to become a respected sales professional,…more

Hawie Manufacturing head dies

Robert Hawie, president of The Hawie Manufacturing Company and So-Lo Marine, died Aug. 23. The Stratford, Conn., resident was 69. Hawie was an original board member of the Manufacturing Alliance of Connecticut and chairman and president of The Manufacturing Alliance of Southern Connecticut. As an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed decades in the field hunting and…more

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Jerry’s Marine Service owner dies

Joseph E. Lewis Jr., owner of Jerry’s Marine Service, died Thursday. He was 74. “This represents the passing of a generation, one that helped build and grow South Florida’s marine industry,” said Frank Herhold, executive director of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida. Herhold said Joe Lewis and his late wife, Helen, were very…more

Boat designer takes his own life

Renowned designer Phil Bolger, 81, committed suicide behind his West Gloucester, Mass., home overlooking the Jones River. His wife and business partner, Susanne Altenburger, told the Gloucester Daily Times that his decision to take his own life was a long-contemplated act. Bolger designed some 680 boats, including the world’s smallest dinghy — the “folding schooner” — as well…more

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