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Longtime Northern Lights VP loses cancer battle

Northern Lights said Mike Maynard, a longtime company vice president and Northeast branch manager, died peacefully at his home Sept. 20 after a long bout with cancer. He was 62.

Maynard had worked for the Seattle-based marine power generation and climate control manufacturer since the 1980s, when he was hired to start the Northeast branch office. Northern Lights said Maynard worked tirelessly to build the NL and Lugger brands in the Northeast, promoting the product into the Northeast and Atlantic Canadian commercial fishing industry, as well as working closely with several prestigious East Coast boatbuilders.

A Coast Guard veteran, Maynard was particularly known for his work in developing systems to protect and assist U.S. military personnel in the field, including the SATS and ELAM land-based generator systems. Among Maynard’s final projects was spearheading the development of the Hybrid Marine system, the company said.

Before he worked for Northern Lights, Maynard was general manager at the DN Kelley boatyard in New York. A graduate of the Boston College of Business, he enjoyed travel, crossword puzzles and sports cars.

“Mike was a dear friend to all who knew him,” Northern Lights executive vice president Larry Repman said in a statement. “He was a vice president, board member, tireless worker and great promoter of Northern Lights and our products.”

Maynard is survived by his wife, Alexandra; his daughter Tarryn; his son, Garrick; his granddaughter Vivian; his sisters Meredith, Marney and Megan; and his brother Matthew.

At the family’s request, contributions in his memory may be made to Sheets of Love, www.facebook.com/sheetsoflove or the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Research, www.lustgarten.org.

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