William “Bill” J. Ek, who cut his teeth in the recreational boating business at his father’s shop and went on to build a career in sales and marketing for several boat companies over decades, died Aug. 1 in Shell Lake, Wis., at the age of 79.
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 Brunswick Boat Group said Monday that it was deeply saddened by the death of David Kirkland, vice president of commercial operations for Lowe Boats, who died Thursday at his home in Lebanon, Mo. He was 59.
William “Bill” J. Ek, who grew up in the boating business and built a career in in sales and marketing for several companies, died Aug. 1, at Indianhead Medical Center in Shell Lake, Wis. He was 79.
Sylvan “Ham” Hamberger, who worked in leadership positions at Mercury Marine, Boston Whaler, Yamaha and Tracker Marine during a 40-year career in the industry, died Friday in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 86.
Rob Miltz, chief operating officer of Western Branch Diesel in Portsmouth, Va., and a 40-year industry veteran, died July 8 of complications from a medical procedure. He was 63.
New England Burials At Sea LLC founder Brad White says the company has seen a spike in interest from Japan.
Longtime sailing industry professional William Mosher died unexpectedly on July 3 of complications from sleep apnea. He was 67 and only weeks away from his 68th birthday.
Dennis “Denny” Heck, developer of the first dockominium in Michigan, died June 7.
Frank Cooney Sr., who defied skeptics to develop the Bimini Sands Resort and Marina and spearheaded the development of South Bimini island into the destination it is today, died Wednesday, his family said. He was 73.
Greg Krueger, a Michigan Boating Industries Association Hall of Fame inductee and the owner of Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales, died unexpectedly of a heart attack on April 25. He was 67.