David Davignon, president of Edey & Duff, died Dec. 14 at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford, Mass. He was 62.
"The Edey & Duff family of owners, employees and customers are deeply saddened," said Kathy Harding, of Harding Boat Works, the principal owner of Edey & Duff, in a statement. "We have lost a trusted leader, a respected professional and a true friend."
Hired as a fiberglass technician in 1970, Davignon soon became indispensable to Peter Duff, rising through the ranks to become president. He worked on all the early products, the Stone Horse, Dovekie and Shearwater, and he was central to introducing the Doughdish, Stuart Knockabout, Conch 27, Sakonnet 23, Fatty Knees and Beetle Whale Boat.
"He had a great memory. He learned, he remembered and he passed it on," said Ed Pavao, who had worked closely with Davignon since 1973.
Davignon was most recently reviewing new additions to the product line and working with Harding Boat Works to negotiate long-term leases to secure the future of the Aucoot Cove facility.