Smoker Craft executive vice president and chief financial officer Ronald “Joe” Blackburn died March 22 after a five-month battle with brain cancer. He was 69.
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.
Sea Tow Services International said its founder and chief executive Capt. Joseph Frohnhoefer Jr. died peacefully Tuesday at his home in Southold, N.Y., after a brief battle with cancer.
Former Back Cove Yachts chief operating officer and president Chris Evans died Monday after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 60.
BoatUS chairman and founder Richard Schwartz died Wednesday after a short illness. He was 85.
Ted Irwin of Irwin Yachts died last week in Arkansas four years after learning he had cancer. He was 74.
Swede Johnson, a Hall of Fame member of the Balboa Yacht Club and a longtime Baxter & Cicero sailmaker, died Jan. 14 in Costa Mesa, Calif. He was 95.
Gerald (Jerry) Dennis Thompson, a Southern California champion sailor of international acclaim, died at his Long Beach home Dec. 20 after several years of battling cancer. He was 75.
Andre Michel Despreaux, founder of steering wheel importer Dino Marine, died Dec. 12 in Florida. He was 70.
Sailboat racer, surfer and San Diego Yacht Club member Barry Ault died on Christmas Day after a very short, but devastating illness. He was 71.
Rochester Yacht Club member and J/24 Class enthusiast Lambert Lai died Dec. 30 at the age of 66.