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Obituaries

Former Palmer Johnson head dies

Palmer Johnson’s Martin Kelsey III, known in the yachting industry as Mike Kelsey Jr., died on Jan. 4 of cancer. He was 57.  Mr. Kelsey began work with …

Surveyor, former yacht engineer Mark Webb dies

By Dorie Cox An engineer and a yacht surveyor, Mark Webb died after complications from triple by-pass heart surgery in Fort Lauderdale. He was 62. For more …

Veteran captain Achim Fischer dies in car accident

By Dorie Cox Capt. Achim Fischer died in Antibes on Nov. 26 as a result of a car accident. He was 72. A veteran captain of 30 years, Capt. Fischer worked on a …

Cable Marine, Boat Owners Warehouse founder Elmer Strauss dies

By Dorie Cox From boatyards to retail stores, Elmer Strauss built a collection of businesses that helped change the face of the yacht industry in Fort …

Former yacht mate, chef Townsend Pillsbury dies

By Dorie Cox Former yacht mate and chef Townsend Pillsbury died of cancer on July 12. She was 62. Capt. Andy McKee has served as captain of the 81-foot Broward …

Yacht designer Claudette Bonville dies

Award-winning yacht designer Claudette K. Bonville, of Fort Lauderdale-based Claudette Bonville Associates (CBA), died July 16 after an eight-year battle with …

Chef Dragos ‘Dragon’ Caprelian dies after brief illness

Chef Dragos Caprelian died on Aug. 19 at a hospital in Pompano Beach, Florida. He had recently returned home to Florida after feeling ill while at work on a …

Longtime Merle Wood employee dies

By Dorie Cox Long-time Merle Wood & Associates employee Barry Hall died on Thursday of cancer at the hospital at Miami Veterans Administration. He was 71. …

Capt. Wattula’s final trip will live on

By Capt. Peter Hunziker I have been dear friends with Josh Wattula for as long as I have been in yachting [“Friends remember Capt. Joshua Wattula“, …

Friends remember Capt. Joshua Wattula of M/Y ForaPlay

By Dorie Cox Capt. Joshua Wattula had recently accomplished one of his goals: to be master of a yacht. He had recently been hired as captain on M/Y ForaPlay, a …

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