Obituaries

Fort Lauderdale charter, Water Taxi captain killed by train

Capt. John Burgess of Fort Lauderdale was found dead after being hit by a train in downtown Fort Lauderdale on Aug. 11. He had a boat charter business and was…

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Capt. Mike “Iowa Mike” Bryan dies

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By Dorie Cox Iowa-born Capt. Mike Bryan died on Aug. 2 of cardiac arrest in Fort Lauderdale. He was 53. His yacht work included M/Y Lady Columbo in the late…

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Crew remember Deckhand Lewis Burke

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By Dorie Cox British Deckhand Lewis Raymond Burke, known to many of his friends as Burko, died on June 1. His family has declined to disclose details of his death.…

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Veteran captain Jack Maguire dies

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UPDATED Sept. 24 A celebration of life is scheduled for Capt. Jack Maguire Sept. 24 from 5-7 p.m. at Quarterdeck Seafood Bar & Neighborhood Grill at 1541 Cordova Rd, Fort Lauderdale,…

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Capt. Ryan O’Meara dies in the Bahamas

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By Dorie Cox Capt. Ryan O’Meara loved the water, his yacht crew, and his work on M/Y Pipe Dream, a 112-foot Westport. He was in the midst of it all…

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Designer, builder, broker, sailor David Walters remembered

David Walters, founder of the brokerage firm David Walters Yachts and designer and builder of the Cambria series of cruising yachts, passed away of a brain tumor on Jan. 17…

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Merrill-Stevens broker Ryan Carrigan dies

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Ryan Carrigan of Merrill-Stevens Yachts died on June 29 of sudden cardiac arrest. He had recently joined the new Merrill-Stevens Yachts Sales division leading new product sales, according to Aaron…

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Veteran Fraser broker Tom Allen dies

One of Fraser’s longtime yacht brokers, Tom Allen, died on June 17 after a stroke. Based in the Seattle office, Mr. Allen was one of the firm’s longest serving brokers,…

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Bahamas, Caribbean cruising guide author Steven J. Pavlidis dies

By Milt Baker Stephen J. Pavlidis, one of America’s top cruising guide authors, died May 29, in Covington, Georgia, after a long period of failing health. He was 65. “Steve…

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Capt. Kerry “KP” Piesch dies in Vancouver

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Capt. Kerry “KP” Piesch died on May 16 in Vancouver, B.C. The cause of death is pending, but officials said it was probably due to cardiovascular complications. He was 61.…

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