Sailor David Ashton died Nov. 21 after suffering complications from surgery in a Boston hospital. He was 62.
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.
Competitive racer Joe English died Nov. 4 in Ireland at age 58 nearly 10 years after ending his career as a professional sailor because of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
Bill Green, a San Francisco-born sailor, Navy jet jockey, Coast Guard member, shrimp-boat hand, One Ton Cup winner and the proprietor of Green Marine, died Oct. 13 in Lymington, England.
Dr. Hugh Chandler, 83, a sailor and an orthopedic surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, died Oct. 9 in Boston.
James Joseph Miles, who spent 16 years in advertising sales for Yachting magazine in the 1980s and ’90s, succumbed to cancer Sept. 26 at the age of 78.
Northern Lights said Mike Maynard, a longtime company vice president and Northeast branch manager, died peacefully at his home Sept. 20 after a long bout with cancer. He was 62.
Carolina Skiff founder Terry Stark lived life on his own terms. John Landon, chairman of the company during Stark’s tenure, remembers his colleague’s world travels, including trips to the Bahamas, Guatemala, Honduras, Cuba and Thailand before he settled in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where he died Aug. 15 after a heart attack. He was 68.
Terence Hanna, an entrepreneur and a sailing industry innovator with multiple patents, died three weeks shy of his 100th birthday in Brunswick, Maine.
Acclaimed sailmaker and lifelong sailor Frederick Alvin Bremen Sr. of Palm Bay, Fla., died Sept. 13 at the age of 89.
The sailing community lost one of its best owner/drivers and a pillar of the sport when John B. Thomson Jr., of Sands Point, N.Y., succumbed to the effects of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, on Sept. 10.