Gordon Elliott, chairman of British Columbia-based boatbuilder Campion Marine, died unexpectedly during the weekend. He was 82.
Elliott wasn't feeling well and was taken to a hospital, where he died Sunday, according to The (Kelowna) Daily Courier.
"Gordon had a long and varied career," Campion general manager Chris Forrest told the newspaper. "He was a chartered accountant by profession, and as such didn't work day to day at Campion. But he did set the vision and goals for the company. His focus was always high quality. Even with the recession we've just been through he never wanted to compromise quality in an effort to push out more boats."
Elliott and his wife, Pat, have six children and 17 grandchildren.
His son, Brock, is president of Campion, where the Elliott family is majority owner.
"Our dad was such a great leader, his life filled to the brim, very diverse and rewarding," Brock Elliott told The Daily Courier. "He made lasting impressions with so many people from his professional accounting career to his strong interest in agriculture, farming and ranching to the powerboat industry."