Final Passages

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

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

George L. Allen, 95

August 4, 2017 at 11:50 am

Brooklin, Maine The World War II Navy veteran died on Aug. 4, in the home where he was born. Over his lifetime, he wore many hats – sea captain, boatbuilder, woodsman and folk-art toymaker. Allen was widely known as a shipwright who, with the help of Capt. Bill Brown andRead More

Stephen Eric Olson, 65

July 21, 2017 at 12:00 am

Belfast, Maine Stephen died on July 21. He sailed as captain on traditional schooners and large-tonnage vessels, as well as engineer on tugboats. He was also a blue-water merchant mariner, steamship boatswain, and owner/captain of the Balmy Days. Stephen taught at the Maine Maritime Academy and multiple school ships. HeRead More

Robert W. Pierce, 76

July 12, 2017 at 12:00 am

Newport, R.I. Robie passed away July 12. Although he battled Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for nearly 30 years, his family was always his first priority. Robie’s business career was devoted to the marine industry, and he was an avid competitive sailor and sportsman. His first experience was at The Beverly YachtRead More

Frederick H. Wilson, Jr., 90

July 10, 2017 at 12:00 am

Providence, R.I. Rick, a noted college sailor and sailing supporter, died July 10. Racing as a boy on Narragansett Bay, at famed Edgewood Yacht Club, Rick went on to be one of the top collegiate skippers in the country, winning the National Championship for Brown University in 1948, a titleRead More

Clinton Trowbridge, 89

June 24, 2017 at 12:00 am

Sedgwick, Maine From W.R. “Bill” Cheney: “My good friend Clinton Trowbridge, author of ‘The Crow Island Journal’ and ‘The Boat That Wouldn’t Sink’ died on June 24 at his home. He was a wonderful gentleman, educator, sailor, and adventurer who will be missed by all who know him. You mayRead More

Jean K. MacIntyre, 70

April 4, 2017 at 11:08 am

Barrington, R.I. The lifelong Rhode Islander passed away on April 4. She was a physical education teacher and coach, spending the majority of her career at The Wheeler School in Providence. As a longtime member of the Barrington Yacht Club, she served on the board of governors as membership chairmanRead More