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M/Y Libert-y’s Capt. John “John Jay” Kregelstein dies

Capt. John Kregelstein of M/Y Libert-Y, an 80-foot Offshore, died Saturday of a heart attack. He was 50.

Known to friends and colleagues as Capt. John Jay, he previously ran M/Y Infinity (with S/Y Affinity, a Delta), the 80-foot Outer Reef M/Y Firefly, and the 90-foot Burger M/Y Fair Skies.

“When he died, he was doing his favorite things, eating at a German restaurant, drinking German beer and heading to a blues show,” girlfriend Jessica Althoff said. “It was a super moon and Leon Russell passed away the same night. People who knew him would get a laugh out of that.”

Althoff is service and warranty coordinator at Ocean Alexander in Ft. Lauderdale and often worked with Capt. Kregelstein as a mate onboard several yachts.

He is survived by his sister, Laura Kregelstein, uncle, Walter Kregelstein, aunt, Filomena Lamonica, stepmother, Janet Kregelstein and stepsister, Kenwyn Derby.

A gathering is planned for 5 p.m. today (Nov. 18) at The Treasure Trove, a bar in front of Hall of Fame Marina in Ft. Lauderdale.

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4 thoughts on “M/Y Libert-y’s Capt. John “John Jay” Kregelstein dies

  1. Maxine Kregelstein

    John Jay will be missed by our family and his many friends. He was lucky that while the time he was here with us, he enjoyed life! You can’t ask for anything more than that! Loved every minute with him when he pulled into the Baltimore Harbor and we went to have his favorite , steamed crabs!
    You were loved, ‘J’ rest in piece! Will see you again on day! Love, Max

  2. PAMELA KOCH

    DEAR JOHN–YOU ARE OUR OTHER SON AND WE MISS YOU LIKE CRAZY. YOU AND L.K. WERE FRIENDS FOREVER (8 YEARS OLD?) YOU WERE THERE FOR HIM ALWAYS WHEN HE WAS ILL AND CALLED HIM EACH TIME YOU WERE IN PORT. WHEN HE PASSED YOU WERE THERE FOR US AND HELPED US PLAN THE SERVICE. WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU AND KNOW YOU AND L.K. ARE TOGETHER, HOPEFULLY STAYING OUT OF TROUBLE!!! LOVE, PAM, LARRY & OF COURSE, NICOLE —YOUR SISTER FROM ANOTHER MOTHER – ME.

  3. scott polo

    Always had a smile on his face and a good word. I remember one memorable time when we took a last minute road trip from Boca to Miami for a Stone Crab Special, such a terrific memory. RIP my brother, until we meet again. Scott Polo

  4. Blake Stevenson

    John and I went to MPT together with Tony Goodwin in 2010. We had traveled to Panama to fish together, and had just had dinner at Tropical Acres the week before. I didn’t learn of this until Christmas when I reached out to Tony when John didn’t return my phone call. Totally not like him.
    My condolences to his family and girlfriend.
    Always remember take your shoes off in the house. Just a great man and friend.

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