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.

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

Industry mourns New York marina owner

Frank R. Shumway Jr., 79, of Key Largo, Fla., who raced sailboats and owned Shumway Marine in Rochester, N.Y., died March 7 in Florida. Shumway was a longtime resident of Rochester. He graduated from Princeton University, served as a jet pilot in the Air Force and worked in his father’s business, the Ritter Co. In…more

PT captain who served with JFK dies

John L. Iles Jr., a Shreveport, La., businessman and World War II veteran who served on PT boats with President John F. Kennedy, died last week in a Shreveport retirement village after a recent accident. He was 92. “We’ve lost a real warrior,” fellow World War II veteran and Shreveporter John Fetzer, who piloted P-47…more

Industry mourns longtime California businessman

On Jan. 7, the Southern California yachting community lost a thoughtful voice and an inspirational leader when Charles F. Hathaway succumbed to pneumonia and related complications. He was 86. A prominent figure in the Los Angeles business community for many decades, Hathaway’s proudest achievement was leading the refounding of the California Yacht Club in 1961,…more

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