Steve Black, a Midwesterner who did not take to sailing until his mid-30s but became an iconic figure in the industry, died of cancer Monday at the age of 71.
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.
Joanne Jorgensen Deatrick, who with her former husband helped produce and build the Rebel, a 16-foot fiberglass sloop that is still raced throughout the United States, died Tuesday in Toledo, Ohio. She was 89.
Russell G. Lundstrom Sr., of Bristol, R.I., former vice president at Dyer Boats in Warren, R.I., died March 7. He was 94.
Garnett H. Carnahan, founder and chairman of Springfield (Mo.) Marine, died Saturday of a brain aneurysm. The Windsor, Mo., native was 84.
Al Kuebelbeck was known for his strong presence in the marine industry over the course of four decades, but daughter Chris Kuebelbeck-Wittwer says no one will miss him more than the grandchildren he doted on.
EZ Loader Custom Boat Trailers said longtime employee Margo Gross died Monday.
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.
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.