Acclaimed sailmaker and lifelong sailor Frederick Alvin Bremen Sr. of Palm Bay, Fla., died Sept. 13 at the age of 89.
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.
The sailing community lost one of its best owner/drivers and a pillar of the sport when John B. Thomson Jr., of Sands Point, N.Y., succumbed to the effects of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, on Sept. 10.
Carl Darenberg Jr., owner of Montauk Marine Basin in Montauk on the east end of New York’s Long Island, was found dead Monday in Montauk Harbor, not far from the marina that has been in his family for nearly 60 years.
Terry Stark, founder of Carolina Skiff, died Aug. 15 after suffering a heart attack. He was 68.
Ron Frisosky, a passionate sailor who earned a reputation for hard work and good spirits, died Monday at the age of 73.
Joseph Howey, former longtime advertising director for Sail magazine, died Wednesday in Severna Park, Md. He was 82.
Curt Merel Marsh, the founder of Regatta Pointe Yacht Sales and Capt. Curt’s Trawlers & Yachts, the host of two Florida boating talk shows and known by many as “the Trawler King,” died unexpectedly June 16. He was 64.
Those who travel the Intracoastal Waterway lost one of the great authorities on ICW cruising with the untimely death of Claiborne Young in a traffic accident in North Carolina during the weekend.
Jerome “Jerry” Schostak, who was known for cultivating one of the most successful Great Lakes sailing programs, died May 9. He was 80.
Blake James Bennett, of Florida-based trim tab manufacturer Bennett Marine, died on April 13. He was 65.