Longtime sailor Hugh Elliot, who helped to establish the U.S. Disabled Sailing Program after a serious car accident in the 1990s, died Feb. 2 in Tampa, Fla., after serving as a judge at a regatta at Davis Island Yacht Club.
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.
Ken Linn, a longtime senior service technician at Ward’s Marine Electric, died Jan. 25 after a long battle with cancer. He had just turned 59.
Longtime Larson Boats president and CEO Al Kuebelbeck died Jan. 16 after suffering from myelodysplastic syndrome, a type of cancer that affects the body’s ability to make platelets. He was 72.
Gerrard Fiorentino, inventor, entrepreneur and the namesake of Fiorentino Para-Anchor, died Jan. 5 of heart failure after a stroke late last year. He was 89.
Boatbuilding pioneer Guy Couach died Monday. He was 88.
Grand Banks broker Harold M. “Hal” Jones Jr. died Dec. 27 in Texas. He was 89.
Herb Repass, co-founder of New England Ropes, died Dec. 23 in Vero Beach. Fla. He was 94. Repass founded the business, now a wholly owned subsidiary of the Teufelberger Group, in New Bedford, Mass., with friend and associate David Aigler in 1967. Repass served as president and as chief designer of specialty ropes that the…more
Dr. George W. Brooks, a passionate sailor and member of the Larchmont Yacht Club for 70 years, died Dec. 17 in Bronxville, N.Y. He was 95.
Conny van Rietschoten, two-time winner of the Whitbread Round the World Race, died Dec. 17 at his Portugal home after suffering a stroke. He was 87.
Longtime boating industry sales executive Richard L. “Dick” Dickinson recently died in Little Rock, Ark. He was 77.