Industry mourns Smoker Craft regional sales director

Smoker Craft regional sales director Peter Spiegel died suddenly on Sunday.
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Smoker Craft regional sales director Peter Spiegel died suddenly on Sunday; the cause of death was not immediately known. He was 53.

A 21-year Smoker Craft employee, Spiegel was well known and highly respected across the recreational boating industry.

In his capacity as regional director of sales, Spiegel played a significant role in developing Smoker Craft’s substantial dealer network across Canada and in promoting the Smoker Craft, Starcraft, Sylvan and SunChaser brands, said an obituary issued by the company.

A passionate boater himself and a tireless advocate for the industry, Spiegel freely donated his time and energy in support of numerous industry initiatives, including serving on the board of the National Marine Manufacturers Association of Canada.

“Peter was an active and dedicated member of the NMMA Canada board of directors, contributing his time and energy for the good of the recreational boating industry,” NMMA Canada president Sara Anghel said in a statement.

“Just this past May he was instrumental in the Recreational Boating Day on Parliament Hill, meeting with key senior government officials to outline the importance of recreational boating to Canada's economy. On behalf of NMMA, we offer our deepest sympathies to the family on their loss.”

Beyond his sizable industry contributions, Spiegel was best known for his warm smile, hearty laugh and genuine friendship. His sense of humor and zest for life always brought out the best in those around him.

Spiegel is survived by his wife, Lisa, and daughters Julia and Jessica. Funeral services are still pending.

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