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Industry mourns former Dyer Boats vice president

Russell G. Lundstrom Sr., of Bristol, R.I., former vice president at Dyer Boats in Warren, R.I., died March 7. He was 94.

After high school in 1937, Lundstrom went to work for William J. H. “Bill” Dyer at The Anchorage Inc., the builder of Dyer Boats, according to an obituary. At the time, the company was based in Providence, R.I. and was building the mahogany lapstrake 10-foot Dyer Dink.

After the New England Hurricane of 1938, Lundstrom supervised the move of the company’s office from Providence to its current home in Warren.

He entered the Army Air Corps during World War II and was a bombardier who flew 19 missions. He was also a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, according to a separate obituary.

Lundsrom returned to the company after the war and helped lead an effort to begin building the entire dinghy line in fiberglass. Over the years he served as purchasing manager, sales manager, general manager and vice president.

He retired from daily activity in 1988, but continued as a yacht broker specializing in Dyer Boats until 2002.

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