*Obituaries

Longtime surveyor Don Patton of Patton Marine remembered

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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Tony Hambrook, former head of Alloy Yachts in New Zealand, dies

By Dorie Cox Tony Hambrook, former managing director of Alloy Yachts International in New Zealand, died on Feb. 1. During his career with the company he was responsible for the…

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Capt. Alex Hickey, former yacht engineer, dies at 30

Former yacht engineer Alexander Michael Hickey, who had recently seen his dream to captain a yacht come true, died  Nov. 26 after being found unresponsive by his mother in her…

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Eng. James “Jimmy” Cascella dies after motorcycle accident

By Dorie Cox Eng. James “Jimmy” Cascella died Dec. 7 from injuries sustained in an accident on Interstate 95 at Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, Florida, on Dec. 3. The motorcycle…

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Insurance broker Bortell dies

Longtime South Florida medical insurance broker Charles “Chuck” Bortell Jr. passed away on Nov. 21 in Annapolis, Maryland, after complications from a heart attack he suffered while attending his 50th…

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Furuno manager Butch Weghorst has died

Butch Weghorst, a longtime employee of Washington-based marine electronics maker Furuno USA, died Nov. 9, the company has reported. Weghorst, who was Furuno’s Gulf of Mexico regional manager from 1984…

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Chief engineer Jan “Yannie” Nielsen dies in an accident at home

Chief Engineer Jan “Yannie” Nielsen died suddenly after he slipped and fell at his home in Honduras on Oct. 2. He was the chief engineer on the 164-foot Feadship M/Y…

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Deckhand on M/Y Lady Sara dies in Monaco

Deckhand Brandon Fisher, known as Six Seven to the crew on M/Y Lady Sara, died Sept. 26 in Monaco. He was being treated for tonsillitis, but the cause of his…

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Crew member injured in fall two years ago dies

Update Sept.30 An inquest in a local court in Birmingham, England last week, ruled the death of Jacob Nicol as accidental. Mr. Nicol was 3rd assistant engineer on M/Y Kibo…

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Fort Lauderdale fabricator, 54, dies in fire

Barry Freeborn, a machinist with All Points Boats in Fort Lauderdale died in a house fire on Sept. 10. The cause of the fire was undetermined but not suspicious, according…

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