Obituaries

South African found dead in room at Atlantis in The Bahamas

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Carla Van Eeden was found dead in a hotel room at Atlantis on Paradise Island in The Bahamas on May 18. She was 25. The incident, reported as a suicide,…

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Boat restorer Michael Grimes dies

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Longtime Fort Lauderdale boat restorer Michael Grimes died May 24 after a respiratory illness. He was 77. Mr. Grimes was an independent contractor that worked on smaller boats at Marina…

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Captain of M/Y Bravo Zulu, M/Y Independence, Greg Mitchell dies

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By Dorie Cox Capt. Greg Mitchell, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, died at his home in The Villages, Florida, on Dec. 25 following an extended illness. He was 72. He and…

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Capt./Eng. dies in motorcycle accident

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Capt./Eng. Alex Buckingham of M/Y Club M died in a motorcycle accident on May 11 in South Florida. He was 32. He worked as mate/relief captain and later as engineer…

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Engineer dies in South Florida

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Yacht Eng. Michael Allen Vitiaci died on April 6 in South Florida. An autopsy report has not been issued. “Michael worked on boats and yachts since he was 18, and…

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Chef Kawana Kingi dies onboard in Bimini

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Chef Kawana Kingi April 10, 1962 – April 24, 2018 Chef Kawana Kingi of M/Y Constance was found dead on board the yacht on April 24 in Bimini in the Bahamas,…

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Yacht ‘transcended money’ for Huizenga Sr.

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By Dorie Cox Owning a yacht was not like H. Wayne Huizenga Sr.’s other ventures. The billionaire entrepreneur, who died March 22 at age 81, was known for rolling up…

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Capt. Marcel Davis dies in South Florida at 85

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Former engineer turned captain, Marcel Davis, died on April 4 in South Florida. He was 85 Capt. Vance Accardi had known Capt. Davis for about 15 years and said his…

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Capt. Jim O‘Neill of S/Y Dance Smartly dies at 51

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Capt. Jim O‘Neill of S/Y Dance Smartly died on Feb. 5. The cause and location of his death have not been reported. He was 51. Capt. O’Neill worked on the 107-foot…

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Longtime surveyor Don Patton of Patton Marine remembered

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Update: Feb. 19, 2018 By Dorie Cox Donald M. Patton, founder of one of the most established survey companies in yachting, died Feb. 15 at home in the Miami neighborhood…

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