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.

Florida congressman mourned as strong industry advocate

U.S. Rep. Clay Shaw, a longtime Republican member of Congress in South Florida who helped repeal the luxury tax, died after a lengthy battle with lung cancer. He was 74. “I am very sad to report the passing of a very good friend to me and to the boating industry, former congressman Clay Shaw of…more

Family plans Ted Hood tribute

The family of Ted Hood scheduled a ceremony to honor the sailing and design icon who died June 28 at the age of 86. “In honor of Frederick E. “Ted” Hood (May 5, 1927-June 28, 2013), the Hood family cordially invites all he has touched to a celebration of his life to be held at…more

Industry mourns noted Midwestern ‘peddler’

Marine industry veteran Patrick H. Arnold died Aug. 26 after a brief illness. He was 77. Born in Hamilton Ohio, Arnold graduated from Miami University in Miami, Ohio. A career “peddler,” he made his mark in the marine industry early on. As a salesman for BF Goodrich, Arnold sold vinyl to contract furniture manufacturers before…more

Former Pac West Marketing co-owner killed in robbery

Lawrence Howse, the former co-owner of Seattle-based Pac West Marketing, was shot and killed in a parking garage robbery Saturday night, according to managing partner Jess Nelson. He was 54. “We are so very sad to be contacting you in regards to our longtime friend, Larry Howse,” Nelson said in an email. “Larry was a…more

Industry mourns noted multihull designer

Ground-breaking multihull designer Richard C. (Dick) Newick died last week at the age of 87. His designs, particularly his trimarans, revolutionized the world of multihull sailing in that they were graceful, simple, light — and remarkably fast. “In a very real sense the history of multihull design can be divided into Before-Newick and After-Newick,” reads…more

Amtech board member loses cancer battle

Association of Marine Technicians board member James Stephen Marable of James Island, S.C., died Aug. 17 after a battle with cancer. He was 56. Marable was the owner of Island Outboard Services in Johns Island, former master mechanic for The Citadel and formerly employed by the Department of Health and Environmental Control. Marable was a…more

Industry mourns Spencer C. Gowrie

Spencer C. Gowrie Jr., an avid sailor and former captain of the Thimble Island Ferry in Branford, Conn., died Aug 4. He was 90. Gowrie was the father of Carter Gowrie, chairman and CEO of the Gowrie Group, a leading independent insurance agency that offers marine coverage. Spencer Gowrie was past commodore of the Essex…more

Industry mourns noted OEM entrepreneur

Albert W. Zirkelbach, an entrepreneur and inventor who came up through the custom canvas ranks to found one of the largest OEM canvas suppliers in the marine industry, died July 14 in Bradenton, Fla., at the age of 78. Zirkelbach started in the marine industry in 1972 working on custom canvas products. In the early…more

Industry mourns longtime Connecticut dealer

Gary H. Reynolds Sr., president and owner of Reynolds’ Garage & Marine in Lyme, Conn., died July 9 after a brief battle with cancer. Reynolds had worked at the family business since he was a young boy, according to the company website. After graduating from Babson College in 1965, he worked for Ford Motor Co.,…more

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Sailing and design icon Ted Hood remembered

Frederick E. “Ted” Hood — a legend in the America’s Cup, sailing, boatbuilding and design — died Friday at the age of 86. “We regret to inform you that the Eastern Yacht Club and the town of Marblehead has lost a favorite son with the passing of Frederick E. ‘Ted’ Hood,” reads a remembrance on…more

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