Final Passages

Gérard Bosse, 75

Gérard Bosse, 75

July 19, 2022 at 9:35 am

Pornichet, France Gérard Bosse passed away on July 19 after a short and cruel disease. Initially, Gérard was a Laser sailor, but back pain early on led him to become a sailing coach. In 1977 he was named director of a national structure for young sailors, allowing them to combineRead More

Colin G. Golder, 74

Colin G. Golder, 74

June 19, 2022 at 11:27 am

New Providence, N.J. Colin G. Golder passed away suddenly on June 19, 2022, while participating in the Newport to Bermuda race for the 11th time. Colin was born in Carshalton, United Kingdom, the only child of Hilda and Stephen Golder. He resided internationally before moving to New Providence where heRead More

Noel M. Field Jr., 88

Noel M. Field Jr., 88

June 12, 2022 at 9:31 am

Little Compton, Rhode Island Noel M. Field, Jr, a US Sailing National Judge, former Board member, advocate for sailors and champion of sportsmanship, died at home on June 12, 2022. Noel served as Chief Judge at high-level events, including Shields, 470, Interclub, 210 and ILCA (Laser) National Championships. He alsoRead More

Photo courtesy Chase FamilyRobert Chace and his daughter Robin, enjoying a sail.

Robert Chace, former president of Bohndell Sails, 74

April 27, 2022 at 2:25 pm

Camden, Maine Robert Manton Chace Jr. passed away at home on April 27, after living with Huntington’s disease for 15 years. Bob was an adrenaline junkie, offshore sailor, avid cyclist and lifelong alpine skier. New York born and Vermont raised, Bob moved to Maine in his early 20’s and decidedRead More

David Dean Lindsay, 75

David Dean Lindsay, 75

April 12, 2022 at 10:23 am

Norwalk, Conn. David Dean Lindsay, longtime resident of Norwalk, Conn., passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in his sleep during his favored afternoon nap on April 12, 2022. Born in Greenwich, Conn, he spent his early days teaching skiing at Stratton, working at Olin Ski Company, helping to build Snowbird SkiRead More

Gretchen Van Houten Partridge, 85

Gretchen Van Houten Partridge, 85

March 26, 2022 at 10:31 am

Falmouth, Mass. Gretchen Van Houten Partridge peacefully passed away March 26, 2022, three days after suffering a massive stroke. Gretchen was born on April 24, 1936. She grew up in Summit, N.J. where, as a Girl Scout, she laid wreathes in Memorial Day Parades, a tradition she continued, representing theRead More

David Broomfield, 79

David Broomfield, 79

March 22, 2022 at 10:34 am

Providence, RI David passed away with his loving family by his side on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, at 1:10 pm. He was the husband of the late Sandra A. (Fairhurst) Broomfield. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Marshall and Alice (Ryan) Broomfield. David was one inRead More

John Robert Weakley, 78

John Robert Weakley, 78

February 14, 2022 at 10:32 am

Mississauga, Ontario John passed away in Mississauga, Ontario on February 14, 2022. John was born December 13, 1943, at an RCAF airbase in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on a cold, snowy Sunday morning. After a quick stint in the Royal Canadian Navy, he attended the University of Manitoba, Rochester, Illinois and eventuallyRead More

David Butler Vietor, 80

David Butler Vietor, 80

February 8, 2022 at 10:23 am

Edgartown, Mass. David Butler Vietor died peacefully at home on February 8 after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born and raised in New Haven, Conn. Each summer, and the Vietor family relocated to Edgartown, where his father taught David and his younger brother to sail. Over theRead More

Patricia (Brophy) Raffa, 68

Patricia (Brophy) Raffa, 68

January 8, 2022 at 4:48 pm

After months of battling cancer, Patricia passed away on January 8. Patty was the beloved daughter of the late Leonard V. and Jean F. (Brickley) Brophy. Patty graduated from The Academy of Sacred Hearts, Fall River, Mass., and later, Towson State College. For over 40 years, she worked in commercialRead More