NMMA mourns passing of veteran manager

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Geralyn “Gerry” Mulcahy, longtime manager for several NMMA shows — most recently the Kansas City and Des Moines Sportshows — died Aug. 23 following an accident at a Missouri race track. She was 47.

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An industry veteran, Mulcahy would have celebrated her 20th anniversary with NMMA in September.

“Gerry was loved by everyone she met. She touched so many with her warmth, energy and enthusiasm,” says NMMA president Thom Dammrich. “In her management of several NMMA shows, her exhibitors and colleagues held her in high regard … She will be remembered as one of those quietly competent people who always got the job done.”

Mulcahy is survived by her husband, Clete, and children Natalie, 17, and Austin, 14.

Edey & Duff co-founder dies at 72 of Parkinson’s
Peter Duff, co-founder of boatbuilder Edey & Duff Ltd. in Mattapoisett, Mass., died Aug. 30 of Parkinson’s disease. He was 72.

Duff grew up in suburban Boston. He graduated from Tufts University in 1958 with a degree in nuclear physics.

Duff co-founded Edey & Duff with Mait Edey in 1968. Avid sailors, they built their first cruising sailboat, the Sam Crocker-designed Stone Horse, in Duff’s living room and backyard.

The company has since built almost 1,200 boats, including 150 Stone Horses, the shoal-draft Shearwater and Dovekie, the Herreshoff-designed Doughdish and Stuart Knockabout, and the Sakonnet 23, launched a few years ago.

A memorial service will be held later this year. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in Duff’s name to the American Parkinson Disease Association, 135 Parkinson Ave., Staten Island, NY 10305.

John Cowan dies at 62; was GM at King Trailers
John Cowan, general manager of King Trailers in Marysville, Wash., died Aug. 24 of  cancer. He was 62.
“His leadership provided the company with unprecedented growth. John will be remembered for his honesty and integrity,” the company said.

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Manfred Bleisteiner, who had worked closely with Cowan for many years, has been named general manager.

Denise Rich-Wistoft dies; Priority One exec was 47
Priority One Financial Services reports the passing of business development manager Denise Rich-Wistoft, 47, who died Aug. 24 after a brief battle with lymphoma.

“Denise continued to be a trailblazer for women in our industry while at Priority One and was loved and respected by all who knew her,” the company said in a statement. “The dealers, lenders and consumers who worked with her were always impressed by her professionalism and desire to serve.”

Donations may be made to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation at www.komen.org or to the National Kidney Foundation at www.kidney.org.

William R. Parsons Sr. dies; founder of N.J. yacht basin
William R. Parsons Sr., founder of Dredge Harbor Yacht Basin in Delran, N.J., passed away July 21. He was 90.

Parsons founded Dredge Harbor Yacht Basin with his brother, Herbert Parsons, in 1939. He was a past member of the Marine Retailers Association of America, Marine Trades Association of New Jersey and State of New Jersey Tidelands Resource Council.

Parsons’ daughter, Tammy Parsons Savidge, and son, William R. Parsons Jr., now own Dredge Harbor.

This article originally appeared in the October 2008 issue.

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