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Former Wayfarer Marine co-owner dies in vehicle accident

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Former Wayfarer Marine co-owner Chandler “Sandy” McGaw was killed in a motorcycle-car accident in Florida on Sunday. He was 58.

McGaw was in Florida with his wife visiting relatives when the accident occurred.

Florida authorities say McGaw was traveling south on State Road 29 in Collier County when a northbound Ford Mustang turned into a driveway, pulling into the path of McGaw’s 1991 BMW motorcycle, according to the Penobscot Bay Pilot.

The driver of the car, 22-year-old Ashley Nicole, was not injured.

McGaw was Wayfarer's general manager and a third shareholder in the private company until 2008, when it was sold in total to former MBNA executive Shane Flynn. McGaw stayed on as general manager under Flynn's ownership until Drew Lyman acquired the company in 2015 and renamed it Lyman-Morse at Wayfarer Marine, where McGaw remained a seasonal full-time employee.

“He was a really great guy,” Parker Laite Sr., also a Wayfarer Marine co-owner with McGaw and Jack Sanford, told the paper.

“He was there for the 10 years we owned it and then some,” Laite said. “We loved him, all the customers loved him. He was a tremendous person who knew all the boat captains. He will be really missed.”

The accident report said McGaw was wearing a helmet. He attempted to slow and stop to avoid colliding with the car, causing the motorcycle to turn onto its right side before it collided with the car. McGaw then fell off the motorcycle and slid into a grassy ditch, the newspaper reported.

He was taken to Physicians Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.


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