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.

Warren Luhrs remembered as humble and hands-on

Warren Luhrs was not the type of man who surrounded himself with “yes men.” Instead, the man who co-founded Hunter and Silverton with his brother, John, chose to be around straight-shooting people with integrity. That’s according to past Luhrs president Roger Yarborough, who told Trade Only Today that the Sept. 18 death of the 69-year-old…more

Industry mourns Hunter Marine founder

Hunter Marine Corp. founder Warren Luhrs died Sept. 18 in Pennsylvania, Marlow-Hunter president John Peterson confirmed to Trade Only Today. Luhrs began in the boatbuilding business with his father, Henry, and brother, John, at Henry Luhrs Sea Skiffs before the brothers went on to found Silverton in 1969 in Toms River, N.J. An avid sailor,…more

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

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