Obituaries

Longtime Merle Wood employee dies

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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. Mr. Hall was a…

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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“, posted June 28]. From…

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Friends remember Capt. Joshua Wattula of M/Y ForaPlay

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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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Veteran of Hatteras, Jarrett Bay, Bluewater, Jan Byers Boone dies

A veteran in the yacht industry, Jan Byers Boone died of colon cancer on May 29. She was 57. Ms. Boone began in the industry in marketing and sales at…

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Friends, bosses remember Capt. Rob Fregeolle

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By Dorie Cox Capt. Robert Byron Fregeolle died May 26 in a motorcycle accident in Fort Lauderdale. He was 32. Originally from Maine, Capt. Fregeolle started his career in yachting…

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Ingham Engineering founder Ian Craik dies

Ian Stoba Craik, founder of Ingham Engineering died at his home on April 30 in Fort Lauderdale. He was 73. His wife, Brenda Craik, wrote this remembrance: “Ian was born…

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Former Chief Stew Johanna Mueller dies

By Lucy Chabot Reed Johanna Mueller broke into yachting the old fashioned way. While working at a hardware store, her work ethic shone through and touched yacht owners shopping inside.…

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Sunseeker founder dies

Sunseeker International founder Robert Braithwaite died on March 7. He was 75. Sunseeker CEO Christian Marti announced the news on the company’s website: “Sadly, in the early hours of this…

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Christensen Shipyard warranty manager dies

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By Dorie Cox Christensen Shipyard’s yard captain and warranty/quality control department manager Michael Magee died on Jan. 30 at his home in Vancouver, Washington. He began at Christensen Shipyards in…

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Capt. Frank Holden, Conch Republic Navy admiral, dies in Key West

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By Dorie Cox Capt. Frank Holden worked about 40 years as a professional mariner and as a Conch Republic celebrity captain in the Florida Keys. His wife, Pam, and medical…

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