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Former MIASF director Frank Herhold dies


Frank Frederick Herhold
April 5, 1940-Dec. 5, 2015

Frank Herhold, former executive director of Marine Industry Association (MIASF) died Saturday at his home. He held the position for 20 years and previously owned Anchorage Yacht Basin in Melbourne, Fla. He was 75.

Click to read more on Mr. Herhold’s life,
Colleagues connect through marine industry leader Herhold’s legacy“.

Mr. Herhold was named Citizen of the Year by the city of Ft. Lauderdale in 2007 and was commodore of the city’s 2010 Winterfest Boat Parade. He held a degree in government and math from Monmouth College.

Frank Herhold dies

Frank Frederick Herhold April 5, 1940-Dec. 5, 2015

Kristina Hebert, COO of Ward’s Marine Electric and past president of the MIASF worked with Herhold for years.

“I can’t think of a single significant moment in my career both through the Marine Industries Association of South Florida and Ward’s Marine Electric, that Frank wasn’t a part of,” Hebert said. “He introduced and inspired me to participate in the legislative process locally, statewide and federally. Frank was my mentor as a board of director and even as the president always making sure I was listening and leading to the best of my abilities.

“That said, family always came first for Frank. His family and especially grandkids were everything,” Hebert said. “He never once had a conversation with me that did not include asking me how my kids were as well. I feel very lucky to have worked with him for so many years and will cherish every minute.”

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to MIASF Education Fund for a scholarship to be made in Mr. Herhold’s name. Please contact the MIASF for details.

Mr. Herhold is survived by his wife, Mary Jo; daughter Pam; and other relatives.

Click for a a memorial video of Mr. Herhold’s life.

Click to read a 2010 article in Soundings Trade Only Today on the occasion of Mr. Herhold’s retirement from MIASF.

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Memorial services for Frank Herhold will be on Friday, Dec. 11 at 10 a.m.
at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 901 NE 2nd St., Ft. Lauderdale, 33301.

A reception is scheduled to follow the memorial service at the International Swimming Hall of Fame,
1 Hall of Fame Dr., Ft. Lauderdale (33316). Additional parking will be available at Bahia Mar.

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22 thoughts on “Former MIASF director Frank Herhold dies

  1. Michael Bach

    I am glad I ran into Frank during FLIBS. He had a couple from Wisconsin with him as he had a vacation home on Lake Winnebago. We chatted about boating in Wisconsin and he was such a gentleman to my wife. He really was and remains a class act.

  2. Bob Kramm

    Frank Herhold wad an icon in the marine industry, but, more importantly, a gentleman and genuinely nice person who will be missed by all of us.

    He lit up the room and our lives with his calm, confident, and warm personality.

    Thanks for being in my corner, Frank!


  3. Rick Gladych

    Frank’s reach extended well beyond South Florida. He was always accomodating to me and I will miss him but will remeber his legacy with much admiration. May God bless and keep his family.

  4. Joseph Reitano

    Frank was a great person and a great neighbor to me and my family. I am stunned always kept active a great person. He loved to swim and boat up and down the Intercoastal. My prayers are with his wife Maryjo and his family.

  5. Jackie Keith

    Frank and his family were such a pleasure to know from their days in Melbourne, FL. I was so fortunate to be able to continue our friendship for many years after they moved to Ft. Lauderdale, and hear about his continuing marine industry involvement and accomplishments. My heart goes out to his family. He will be missed.

  6. Jimmie Harrison

    I am heartbroken. Frank was a great mentor, inspiration and friend. He always made me feel so special and appreciated. . I learned so much from Frank over the years which has so enriched my life. He taught me the value of being involved. I am so grateful to have known Frank. I will miss him a lot

  7. Marielle Sologuren

    I am shocked and saddened to hear the news of Frank’s passing, especially after seeing him smiling as usual at this year’s FLIBS. He was a true class-act and someone whom I genuinely admired. I am sure he will be missed by many.

  8. Jayne Just

    Rest in peace, Frank, after a wonderful life and career. I have fond memories of my 8 years working for you. You were always fair and thoughtful of your staff who had the highest respect for your legislative accomplishments regarding your beloved marine industry.

  9. Julie Fisher Berry

    Frank was my dear friend and business partner. I am heartbroken to lose him-he was my mentor and supporter and educated me on so many aspects of the marine industry. I was so honored to have him as a partner. He was an advocate for all of those who work and have businesses in the marine industry. The outpouring of affection is a tribute to all he has accomplished. Bringing people together for any cause to help our industry was Franks life. Let’s keep his legacy going. This is a very sad time.

  10. Bob Saxon

    Someone once said, “The true gentleman is a man who’s conduct proceeds from good will and an acute sense of propriety.”

    Such was Frank Herhold…..a TRUE gentleman.

    Bob Saxon

  11. Kristy Fox

    So very sad….I was so shocked to hear this…
    Frank will surely be missed by so many. I will always remember Frank fondly and with a smile. He would sometimes get me a Boat Show Pass – it would read – “Kristy Fox – VIP” – which I wore proudly – even though I am not a VIP…it made me feel special.
    He was just so gracious, kind, great heart and so generous and he was someone I looked up to as a leader in our industry!
    Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and all of his friends.

  12. John Mann

    I was surprised and saddened by Frank’s death. He was a tireless advocate for our Marine Industry who always conducted himself as a statesman. My thoughts and prayers go out to Mary Jo and his family.

  13. Richard Duncan

    I was on the Ft Lauderdale marine advisor bd. When I met Frank. I learned quickly how much he loved the marine industry and the city.
    I will always be thankful for the opportunity I had in working with and knowing Frank.
    My prayers are withe his family.

  14. Stephen Hill

    Frank was a leader yet always there to help. I’m shocked and heartbroken as the industry and planet has lost a great man!

  15. Maura Brassil

    My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. What an incredible person!!
    We miss you Frank!! Thank you for sharing your love of life with us and making it a better and kinder world because of you!!

  16. Julie Balzano

    Frank was a mentor to me and always generous with his time and knowledge to so many. Thank you Frank!

    What a great legacy you have left behind for our industry…

  17. Martha Lord

    I worked at MIASF for several years with Frank, a wonderful boss, respected by many, and deeply committed to the marine industry. He will be missed.

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