*Obituaries

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

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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La Polonia stew broke her neck in fall, coroner reports

UPDATE: Jan. 24 A coroner report cites a “serious traumatic injury and fracture of the spine” as the cause of death for British Chief Stew Rebecca Boyle, according to a…

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Stew Jerrah Blevins dies in hometown

Former yacht crew Jerrah Blevins died on Nov. 1 in her hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She started her career in yachting in 2012 and worked on yachts of 80-100 feet…

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Engr. Craig Siedelhofer dies of cancer at 47

By Dorie Cox Engr. Craig Siedelhofer died Nov. 17 of cancer in Roanoke, Virginia.  He was 47. Mr. Siedelhofer began working on boats about seven years ago, according to his…

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Former large yacht chef, resort owner Joe Cannon dies

Former yacht Chef Joe Cannon passed away in November in Costa Rica. The cause of death was complications from cancer. He was 68. Since 2005, he and his wife, Christine,…

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Christensen dies at 87

Dave Christensen, who started the shipyard that bears his name after retiring from his first career in construction, died Oct. 15 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was…

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Marine carpenter dies

Master carpenter Mitche Lewis died July 7 after a short illness. He was 67. A frequent guest at Triton Networking events, Mr. Lewis was recognizable with his deck-brimmed “got wood?”…

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Longtime Florida yacht broker Polly Fulton dies

Longtime Florida yacht broker Paula “Polly” Janssen Fulton died after a long illness on July 27. She was 75. In 1977, Ms. Fulton became one of Florida’s first licensed yacht…

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Capt. Laura Tritch dies

Capt. Laura Tritch died April 27 of a rare disease, according to her sister. She had been in a memory care home for about three years at the time of…

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Yacht Deckhand Sinead McNamara dies in Greece

Updated report on Sept. 11, 2018: The family of Deckhand Sinead McNamara has hired an attorney to investigate her death on Aug. 31 on M/Y Mayan Queen IV in Greece.…

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