Final Passages

Richard Avery, 83

February 3, 2017 at 2:51 pm

Portland, St. Thomas, Great Cranberry Island “Dick” Avery died on Feb. 3. Graduating from Bard College with a degree in Sculpture was a proud accomplishment. In 1956, he entered the Army, and after two years landlocked in Oklahoma, he bought a one-way ticket to St. Thomas, U.S.V.I., where he livedRead More

Mike Peyton, 96

January 25, 2017 at 2:49 pm

Essex, U.K. “The World’s Greatest Yachting Cartoonist” died Jan. 25. A modest, shy man, he eschewed the spotlight and seemed unaware of the esteem in which sailors all around the world held him. Born into a mining family in County Durham (England) in 1921, he lied about his age toRead More

David Moses Bridges, 54

January 20, 2017 at 2:46 pm

Pleasant Point, Maine David passed away Jan. 20. As a young man, he traveled widely, eventually settling in San Francisco, where he lived for many years. After returning to Maine, he attended The Boat School in Eastport, and later went to work at Benjamin River Marine and Brooklin Boat Yard,Read More

Michael William Spicer, 72

December 1, 2016 at 1:44 pm

Barrington and Newport, R.I. Mike passed away peacefully on Dec. 1, 2016. He was industrious from an early age, starting work in the boat business, rebuilding outboard motors at the age of 13. He continued his love for boating after college with a position at Pearson Yachts. He then spentRead More

Robert Veltman, 69

November 11, 2016 at 1:40 pm

Gloucester, Mass. Robert crossed the bar Nov. 11, 2016. He was a lifelong professional sailor, sailmaker, rigger, boat captain, boatyard manager, and avid skier who will be sorely missed in the local community, big-boat racing and Sunday River ski area. He worked for Hood Sailmakers, Hood Yacht Systems, and wasRead More

Robert Norton, 82

October 28, 2016 at 1:42 pm

Damariscotta, Maine Bob died October 28, 2016. Robert was an avid sailor, starting at five years of age, when he crewed for his sister, racing Townies in Marblehead Harbor. His love of sailing only intensified throughout his life. While serving in the Navy, he managed all the sailboats at theRead More

Richmond T. Leeson, 81

October 25, 2016 at 1:36 pm

South Dartmouth, Mass. Dick passed away Oct. 25, 2016. He was known for his keen intellect, dry wit and love of practical jokes. He was an avid and accomplished outdoorsman: deer hunting in the New Hampshire woods, enriching his surroundings with his love of gardening herbs, vegetables, Stargazer Lilies andRead More

William “Bill” Harding, Sr., 91

October 5, 2016 at 1:19 pm

Cataumet, Mass. The avid sailor and racing enthusiast passed away Oct. 5 with his wife Jackie by his side. Bill and the Harding family were an integral part of Buzzards Bay history, and his legacy will continue to be an important part of the region’s future. He followed his loveRead More

Mary Stearns Chaffee, 96

September 30, 2016 at 2:22 pm

Providence, R.I. Mary passed away Sept. 30. She grew up in Barrington, R.I., and the family also had a winter residence in Miami, Fla. The family’s favorite activity together was sailing their 60-foot schooner, Mohawk, flagship of the Barrington Yacht Club. She also raced Beetle Cats, the classic 12-foot, gaff-riggedRead More

Dr. Edward King Morse, 98

September 30, 2016 at 12:58 pm

Owls Head, Maine Dr. Morse, better known as E.K., passed away on Sept. 30. After graduating from Middlebury College, he attended Tufts University Medical School. He joined the U.S. Army and served in Italy and Germany during World War II, and was promoted to the rank of captain. He servedRead More