Steve Cleary passed away peacefully in his home on June 22, 2016 at the age of 73, after a brief battle with cancer. Cleary was an icon in the marine industry for over 40+ years and pioneered the growth of many marine companies into the west via dealer, distribution and OEM markets.
Before opening up one of the first marine representative companies, Marine Markets West on the west coast in the early 1980’s, Cleary started his career working for dealerships and distribution companies in southern California. For those who knew him, he was a loyal, knowledgeable and honest straight shooter who worked tirelessly to promote the lines he represented.
Cleary was a mentor and friend to many people in the marine industry across the country. He was an avid surfer, sporting clays shooter and vintage car fanatic.
He is survived by his wife Susan and daughter Ashley and son Adam. A memorial paddle out will be held on July 29, at the Newport Pier in Newport Beach, California, followed by a reception located at the American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291, 215 15th St, Newport Beach, CA 92663. For more information about this event, please call 949-836-6637.
Condolences to the family can be sent to: 1940 Continental Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. To make a donation in memory of Steve: the American Cancer Society (800) 227-2345; option 2, or visit the website.