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.