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‘Skip’ Gardner dies at 66

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Longtime marine industry professional Frederick William "Skip" Gardner III passed away Tuesday in Clermont, Fla., following a battle with leukemia. He was 66.

Gardner's career began as a charter captain and professional fisherman. His passion for the water and ability to create, build and maintain business relationships drove him to become a respected sales professional, said longtime colleague and friend Joe Curran.

Gardner held regional and national sales positions at companies including Hydra-Sports, Topaz, Wahoo, Robalo, Bayliner (US Marine), Wellcraft and Chris Craft.

"As a colleague, Skip Gardner was one of the finest and most dedicated sales professionals in the marine industry. All who worked with Skip could not ask for a better person to go to market with," Curran told Soundings Trade Only. "As a friend, you could count on Skip for anything. He was always there for you, 100 percent. We were fortunate to have Skip as part of our lives."

Garner is survived by his wife Carol and two daughters. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday.

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