Final Passages

Donald R. Kidd, Sr., 74

August 17, 2018 at 5:05 pm

Portsmouth, R.I. Donald passed away at home with family and friends at his side on Aug. 17, 2018. He was the husband of Ann (Sullivan) Kidd, his “Honey.” Born on Sept. 14, 1943, in Fall River, Mass., Donald was the son of the late Thomas W. Kidd, Jr. and theRead More

Joseph “Joey” Chomyn, 17

August 11, 2018 at 12:00 am

Isle of Palms, South Carolina Joey Chomyn, the kind and beloved son of June and John J. Chomyn of the Isle of Palms, South Carolina, died Saturday evening, Aug. 11, 2018, in a power boating accident near Limehouse Bridge on the Stono River in Johns Island, South Carolina. His bodyRead More

Geoffrey Hart Spranger, 85

August 2, 2018 at 12:00 am

Middletown, R.I. Geoffrey Hart Spranger passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 2, 2018 at Newport Hospital following a brief illness. The only son of the late Joseph William Spranger and the late Ruth Marie (née Berger) Spranger, Jeff was born in East Providence, R.I. on Nov. 25, 1932. Jeff’s lifelong loveRead More

Henry Marx, 77

June 28, 2018 at 10:39 am

Greenwich, Conn. Capt. Henry E. Marx, Master Mariner and founder of Landfall Navigation, passed away from pneumonia on June 28, 2018 in Greenwich, Conn. He was 77 years old. Henry was born in New York City, to parents Henry and Marguerite Marx and was a graduate of the Lawrenceville School,Read More

Jeff Knowles, 29

June 7, 2018 at 10:45 am

San Francisco, Calif. Jeff Knowles, who was in a kite-boarding accident on San Francisco Bay that kept him underwater for at least 10 minutes, succumbed to his injuries early on June 7, 2018. Jeff grew up sailing at Ida Lewis Yacht Club in Newport, R.I. and competed in regattas aroundRead More

Russell Frederick “Bud” Geisser

June 2, 2018 at 12:00 am

East Providence, R.I. Russell Frederick “Bud” Geisser, PE (Ret.), died with his loving family by his side on June 2, 2018. He was born to George J. Geisser, Sr., and Madelyn (Grady) Geisser on November 11, 1923, in East Providence, and was predeceased by his beloved wife Barbara Ann (Hockman)Read More

Bjorn Johnson, 62

May 16, 2018 at 12:00 am

Newport, R.I. Bjorn Johnson, a consummate Corinthian Yachtsman who gave generously and tirelessly of his time and knowledge to the sport of sailing, crossed the bar on May 16 in Newport, R.I. Bjorn was a proud member of the Cruising Club of America, New York Yacht Club, Storm Trysail Club,Read More

William J. (Bill) Larson, 75

May 12, 2018 at 12:00 am

Newport, R.I. Bill died on May 12, 2018. He was born in Bellport, L.I. to Anders Peter and Florence Mary Dyer Larson, and was raised in New York City. Bill graduated from the Trinity School in New York City. He attended Randolph Macon University and graduated from American University withRead More

Albert J. Girard, 91

May 3, 2018 at 12:00 am

East Providence, R.I. Albert passed away on May 3, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Providence to Anna M. (Donovan) and Albert Girard. Albert served in the U.S. Coast Guard during the latter part of World War II, and afterwards was employed by Grinnell Fire ProtectionRead More

Harold “Hatch” Brown Jr., 86

April 11, 2018 at 12:00 am

Winthrop, Mass. Hatch passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving children, on April 11, 2018. He was 86 years old. Hatch was a devoted husband, father and world-class sailor, coach and mentor to tens of thousands of beginning and elite sailors throughout his long, distinguished career. Hatch was born atRead More