Bob “Buddha” Billingham, an accomplished sailor who competed in the 1988 Olympics and the 1992 America’s Cup, died March 30 after a lengthy illness at his Grass Valley, Calif., home. He was 56.
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.
Hobart “Hobie” Alter, surfboard and sailboat innovator, died Saturday in his Palm Desert, Calif., home. He was 80.
George L. “Skip” Allen Sr., of Fort Lauderdale, co-founder of Popular Boating magazine and founder of Southern Boating magazine, died Sunday. He was 84.
Nautique is mourning a friend and strategic partner, Howard Hollis “Bo” Callaway, who died last weekend, and will dedicate the 55th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament to his memory. He was 86.
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.
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.