Carole Dudley, former director of operations at St. Thomas' Crown Bay Marina, died Oct. 26 following a brief battle with stomach cancer. She was 63.
Dudley was recruited by Crown Bay Marina in 1986 as executive secretary to the development team during the marina's construction phase.
"In the death of Carole Dudley, the VI marine industry mourns the loss of one of its most capable and highly respected professionals," said Dennis Kissman, president of the Florida-based firm Marina Management Services.
Dudley's hands-on management style and personal-touch brand of hospitality were key factors in Crown Bay's continued success as an independently operated marina in a competitive Caribbean market, he added.
"Carole Dudley was a paradox," said Kissman. "She was a generous woman who reached out to the less fortunate, yet insisted upon anonymity. She was a deeply private person who spent her professional career in a very public arena - yet she never missed an opportunity to foster personal relationships that built bridges within the boating community."
Dudley is survived by her mother, Constance DiGangi of Coronado, Calif.; twin brother, Joseph DiGangi Jr. of Santa Cruz, N.M.; and companion of 10 years John Olson of St. Thomas.
A private cremation service was held in St. Thomas.
Friends and colleagues are invited to gather from 4 to 7 p.m. this Friday at Crown Bay Marina for an informal celebration of her life. A more formal ceremony is planned for January to dedicate the Carole Dudley Memorial Courtyard, under construction at Crown Bay Marina.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the hospice provider, Continuum Care Inc., 50 Estate Thomas, St. Thomas, USVI 00802. Condolences can be sent c/o Crown Bay Marina, Suite 528, Parcel 8168 Sub-Base, St. Thomas, USVI 00802.