Tom Hazlehurst, 84

North Kingstown, R.I.

Thomas Edgar Hazlehurst, 84 of North Kingstown, R.I. sailed away peacefully on a sunny Saturday morning, Nov. 17, 2018. He lived in Rhode Island his entire life and he called the waters of Narragansett Bay his home, starting in Beetle Cats at the age of 11. He continued on to win many championships in many different classes of boats.

After high school he attended Brown University, graduating with his Bachelor’s Degree in 1956. He was the Captain of the Brown Sailing Team in 1955 and 1956. He then went on to serve in the U.S. Navy from 1956-1959. He is a member of the Brown University Athletic Hall of Fame, a member of the Intercollegiate Yacht Racing Hall of Fame, a winner of the 1956 Olympic Finn Dinghy Trails and a finalist for selection in sailing in the 1956 Olympics.

When Tom wasn’t sailing or running the largest independent advertising, marketing and public relations agency in Rhode Island, Potter Hazlehurst, he was promoting sailing and the ocean.

He served as President of the Narragansett Bay Yachting Association. He was the founding secretary of Save the Bay. He was the Commodore of the East Greenwich Yacht Club, a trustee and Fleet Captain of the New York Yacht Club, a member of the Rhode Island State Yachting Committee, a chairman of the Newport to Bermuda Race and also Fleet Captain of the Cruising Club of America.

Tom was a man of great class and respect.

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