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Ritchie Navigation mourns loss of owner Paul Sherman

Paul Frederick Sherman, owner of Ritchie Navigation, passed away peacefully on March 20 at the age of 81, followed by his wife of 55 years, Joan, on April 4. Sherman led the Pembroke, Massachusetts-based company from 1966 through 2020. His son and current company president, Jon Sherman, shared the sad announcement. An accomplished craftsman, Paul Sherman was renowned for his ...

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Industry mourns loss of Catalina Yachts CEO Frank W. Butler

Catalina Yachts recently announced that Frank Willis Butler, President and Chief Executive Officer of Catalina Yachts, passed away November 15, 2020 in Westlake Village, Calif., due to unexpected complications from a recent illness. "We extend our most heartfelt condolences and sympathy to Frank's family. Our thoughts are with them at this most difficult time," the company said in a statement. "A ...

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Industry members mourn loss of veteran sales professional Michael Devlin

Marine industry colleagues were recently shocked to learn of the death of Michael Devlin, an industry sales representative who championed multiple brands over a successful 44-year career.  He began his industry career in 1975 as a sales representative with Hurst Enterprises, an Orlando, Fla.-based regional manufacturer of bass boats. He later represented national brands including Regal, ProLine, Wellcraft, Regulator, Scout, ...

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Smoker Craft mourns John Babbitt, international sales manager

John Babbitt, Smoker Craft's international sales manager, passed away last week. The company submitted the following obituary to Boating Industry. Smoker Craft Inc. is saddened to announce the passing of its much-beloved international sales manager, John Babbitt. John, 69, passed away at his home in Indianapolis late last week. A graduate of the University of Maine and the Thunderbird International ...

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