Industry mourns death of Hostar Marine founder


Dwight Stimson Jr., the innovative founder of Hostar Marine, died May 29 at home in Norwell, Mass. He was 82.

Stimson grew up in Vermont and was a graduate of the Lyndon Institute and Middlebury College. He served in the Navy during the Korean War and worked for General Electric, Texas Instruments, Factory Mutual and Vermont Castings before starting Hostar Marine in 1985.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Patricia; three children — Blake, Shelby and Dwight III; six grandchildren; and his Australian exchange student daughter. An accomplished skier, he served on the National Ski Patrol and enjoyed boating, sports and cooking.

Massachusetts-based Hostar designs and builds hydraulic trailers for road and boatyard use, including self-propelled models, with customers worldwide.

"Dwight will be greatly missed by his family, his extended family and friends, his faithful Hostar employees and our great customers worldwide. He made many friends over the years while in school and the Navy, as well as during his 27 years with Hostar," Patricia Stimson said in a statement.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to South Shore Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, the Norwell VNA and Hospice and the Norwell Fire Department.


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