Final Passages

Shirley Webster Sheldon, 94

October 7, 2017 at 12:00 am

Saunderstown, R.I. Shirl died on Oct. 7. An enthusiastic tennis player, she also loved to sail. She and her husband cruised the eastern seaboard from the Bahamas to New Brunswick, where she painted and collected supplies for her creations. A prolific painter and sculptor, Shirl will be remembered for theRead More

George H. Cuthbertson, 88

October 3, 2017 at 12:00 am

Toronto, Ont. George passed away on Oct. 3. at his home in. Cuthbertson was one of the original four founders of C&C Yachts, a Canadian yacht builder that arguably dominated North American sailing in the 1970s and early ’80s. His was the first “C” in C&C, with his design associateRead More

Lloyd E. Broomhead, 68

September 25, 2017 at 12:00 am

Riverside, R.I. and Naples, Fla. Lloyd passed away Sept. 25. Known for his larger-than-life personality, he was happiest cruising Narragansett Bay on his boat with family and friends, making everyone laugh, and watching his beloved New England Patriots. Lloyd was a logistics manager for Citizens Bank and was co-owner withRead More

Sumner Bigelow MacDonald, 82

September 22, 2017 at 12:00 am

Bristol, R.I. Sumner died on Sept. 22. A brilliant designer, artist and draftsman, he was a winner of two De Beers Diamond Design Awards. But his loves were boating, cat rescue and animal rights, sketching, theater, long walks, spending time on his boat on Martha’s Vineyard, hosting parties, and alwaysRead More

Robert B. Conner, 83

September 8, 2017 at 12:00 am

Newport, R.I. Bob died on Sept. 8. His love of the sea led him to sailing. He was an active member of Ida Lewis Yacht Club, which he joined in 1967, serving as Commodore during the years 1977-1979. Among his many significant accomplishments, Bob was instrumental in ensuring that womenRead More

Barbara E. Plumb, 96

September 7, 2017 at 11:56 am

Warwick, R.I. Barbara died Sept. 7. She lived most of her life in Edgewood, R.I.; the last four years in Warwick. An avid sailor and honorary life member of the Edgewood Yacht Club, she was a Beetle Cat Wet Hens Champion for six consecutive years. She was a member andRead More

Ron Ward, 96

August 30, 2017 at 11:56 am

Severna Park, Md. Ron was well-known in the sailing/racing world, and held many awards for his contribution to the administration of the sport. He was past commodore of the Annapolis Yacht Club, the Potapskut Sailing Association, and the Pasadena Sailing Association, and president of Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association, asRead More

Meade Gougeon, 78

August 27, 2017 at 11:52 am

Bay City, Mich. The sailing legend and industry innovator who pioneered the use of boatbuilding epoxies died from skin cancer Aug. 27. The day before his death, the Great Lakes Multihull Regatta was held on the Saginaw Bay, near Gougeon’s Killarney Beach home. Knowing that Gougeon was dying, race organizersRead More

Victor R. Lord, 70

August 27, 2017 at 12:00 am

Monhegan Island, Maine Victor died Aug. 27. He moved to Monhegan Island in 1973, where he held a variety of positions, including owning and operating the Monhegan House Hotel. He started Monhegan Restorations, a business he pursued until his death, building and restoring homes, caretaking cottages, and repair and maintenanceRead More

Bruce Sinclair de la Ronde, 56

August 5, 2017 at 11:49 am

North Kingstown, R.I. Bruce passed away on Aug. 5, 2017 in his summer residence Metis-sur-Mer, Quebec. This kind, caring, peaceful soul had a great love of the sea, and he fulfilled this passion by working on a Tall Ship and commercial fishing boats, and working for the U.S. Navy. WhileRead More