Industry mourns longtime Catalina Yachts sales rep

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Catalina 355; Annapolis, MD

Ron Frisosky, a passionate sailor who earned a reputation for hard work and good spirits, died Monday at the age of 73.

Frisosky passed away at his home in Sarasota, Fla., in the company of his wife of 47 years, Margo, his daughter Jamie, her husband, Mark Lotz, and two granddaughters.

After serving in the National Guard, Frisosky became a partner in a chain of sporting goods stores specializing in bicycles and skis and, as an experiment, the then-new Hobie Cat catamarans.

Exposure to the Hobie ignited his lifelong passion for sailing, and soon Ron and Margo were regulars on the Michigan Hobie racing circuit.

The couple relocated to Sarasota in the early 1980s, and Frisosky pursued his interest in the marine industry by becoming a sales rep for Spindrift-Starwind and other marine-related companies. In 1985, he found his true calling as a sales rep for Catalina Yachts, where he quickly became a valuable, enthusiastic mentor and advocate for Catalina and its dealer network.

“Ron also represented Gill clothing and Road King Trailers, earning his reputation as one of the hardest-working people in the industry,” his obituary said.