Hinckley president passes away unexpectedly

SAUNDERSTOWN, R.I. – The Hinckley Company President Gerard C. DiSchino, 50, died unexpectedly at his R.I. home on Saturday, according to a report in The Providence Journal.

DiSchino, who also was president of the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association, is survived by his wife, Robin, and his three children, Lindsay, Daniel and Meredith, according to the newspaper.

Gerry joined the Hinckley Company in January 2000 as executive vice president and general manager of the Ted Hood Company, according to Hinckley. He took on increasing responsibility over the years, being promoted to division president of Hinckley Yacht Services in 2002 and Hinckley Chief Operating Officer in 2003. In September 2004, he was named president and CEO of the Hinckley Company.

“Gerry performed brilliantly in all these assignments, earning the respect of customers, employees and shareholders,” the company reported on its Web site. “He set high performance standards for himself and consistently exceeded them. He was the consummate professional and gentleman. His dedication, enthusiasm, concern for others and good humor made him a pleasure to work with. The company’s sound financial position and strong prospects are due in large measure to his exceptional leadership. His loss will be mourned widely and profoundly.”

The company has created a Web site – www.gerrydischino.com – where many of his family, friends and colleagues in the industry are sharing “condolences, thoughts and memories of Gerry.”

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the DiSchino Children Scholarship Fund, c/o 60 Beauchamp Drive, Saunderstown, RI 02874.

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