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.

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

Body Glove co-founder dies on boat

Bob Meistrell, a surfing and diving legend who co-founded Body Glove with his identical twin brother, Bill, died Sunday after suffering a heart attack while leading a paddleboard race. He was 84. Until the day he died, Meistrell had the chance to do what he loved: power his 72-foot yacht, Disappearance, in the waters off…more

Industry mourns New England fishing journalist

The recreational fishing industry is mourning award-winning New England journalist Richard Gaines, who died Sunday afternoon outside his home in Gloucester, Mass. He was 69. Gaines, who covered the region for more than four decades, with at least 10 years spent at the Gloucester Daily Times, was found dead in the swimming pool behind his…more

Industry mourns Cummins Power South salesman

Barry Stamm, manager of Onan Marine business for Cummins Power South, died June 3 after more than three years battling cancer. Stamm, 70, of Cape Coral, Fla., was among the sales leaders for Onan Marine generators in North America for the last 10 years. In February he celebrated his 20th year with the Cummins distribution…more

Industry mourns Bay Area boatbuilder

Svend Svendsen, a Danish immigrant who founded a boatyard that he grew into one of the largest repair and supply businesses on the West Coast, died Monday at home in Alameda, Calif. The founder and proprietor of Svendsen’s Boat Works died of pancreatic cancer, according to his family. He was 81. Svendsen, who emigrated to…more

Industry mourns Swedish offshore racer

Offshore racer Magnus Olsson died Saturday in Spain after he had a stroke during the week and, despite initial positive signs, deteriorated in the following days. He was 64. Since the mid-1960s Magnus “Mange” Olsson lived with his passion for offshore racing. From Swedish national sailing championship regattas in 505s when he was in his…more

Industry mourns Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating founder

Don Backe, who founded Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating to bring boating access to people with disabilities, died Friday at Gilchrest Hospice Care in Columbia, Md., after a prolonged illness. He was 77. Backe was a teacher — not just on a sailboat, where the Annapolis man made a name for himself in recent years, and…more

Industry mourns longtime fishing show host

Complications from recent neck surgery were believed to be a factor in the death of fishing tackle inventor, angling authority, author and longtime TV host Doug Hannon. An icon in the sportfishing world known as the “Bass Professor,” Hannon, 66, had a unique expertise in a range of design skills and academic subjects in and…more

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