Final Passages

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

Terry Kohler, 82

September 20, 2016 at 1:08 pm

Kohler, Wisc. Terry Kohler, who discovered a love for sailing as a boy aboard his mother’s Alden-designed schooner Venturer, died Sept. 20 at his home. He dedicated himself to making the sport more technologically advanced as well as more accessible to sailors of all abilities, all from a sleepy blue-collarRead More

Joseph R. Duplin, Sr., 82

August 7, 2016 at 12:59 pm

Winthrop, Mass. Joe, a legendary Star Class racer, died Aug. 7. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during 1956-58. He won the 1963 North American Star Class Championships, and, within three weeks, moved on to win the 1963 World Star Class Championship. His victory in 1963 brought the 1964Read More

Robert E. Yorke, 77

July 13, 2016 at 1:06 pm

Camden, Maine Robert died July 13 in Rockport, surrounded by his family. A talented man, he designed his own home, built boats, sang at Tanglewood and Carnegie Hall, played violin, and was truly a renaissance man. He was also a member of the Traditional Small Craft Association and looked forwardRead More

Wade Edwards, 60

July 4, 2016 at 2:33 pm

Concord, Mass. The longtime Etchells racer and former Class Governor passed away on July 4. Wade touched many lives as a sailor, racer, friend, leader and family man. He was a lifelong sailor and racer, winning bullets at Grosse Pointe Farms (Mich.) Crescent Sail Yacht Club as a youth andRead More

R. George Henault, 80

July 1, 2016 at 2:31 pm

West Warwick, R.I. George died on July 11. Both he and his wife Elizabeth were avid sailors and longtime members of the East Greenwich (R.I.) Yacht Club. They raced Wake with the Twenty Hundred Club, and sailed with the Narragansett Bay Non-Such Association, of which he was a former president.Read More

Elmer E. Pooler Jr., 90

June 16, 2016 at 2:28 pm

Scituate, Mass. Elmer died on June 16. For may years Scituate’s harbormaster, he had many passions during his long life. He was a well-known midget and stock-car racer at Norwood Arena until his racing career ended in a horrific accident in the early 50s. Elmer worked as a welder atRead More

Jean P. Parker, 91

June 14, 2016 at 2:29 pm

Cataumet, Mass. “Gramma Jean” died surrounded by family on June 14th. She was the beloved wife of 60 years to the late Raz Parker, with whom she raised a family and established Parker’s Boat Yard, where she ran her own nursery school at the boathouse. She enjoyed her childhood summersRead More