loss of a good friend and CSR member

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  1. hack4alivin

    hack4alivin Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Apr 18, 2008
    Joppa, Maryland
    320 Dancer
    Twin 350 V Drives
    It is with my deepest sorrow and regrets that I report the passing of one of my closet friends, and Club Sea Ray members. John Martin, known to Club Sea Ray members as XravenX apparently drowned on Sunday evening September 3rd. John was at the yacht club that evening and having a good time with his friends, when according to all reports he left to return to his boat around 9:30 that evening. That was the last time he was seen. John’s wife called a friend on Monday evening asking if anyone had seen him, and at that time many of us returned to the club to search for him as it was not like John at all to go that long without calling Michelle. When we arrived at the club we found his boat open but he was nowhere to be found. At that point the DNR and Police were called to begin a search, nothing was found, the search went on until early morning. We returned at first light Tuesday, and again no luck in finding him. This morning (Wednesday) his body was found in the river about half a mile away from the club.

    I met John about 10 years ago, through Club Sea Ray. He was a big Ravens fan and so was I, so we had an immediate connection between football and Sea Rays. Over the years we became very close, we went to Ravens games together and tailgated. He introduced me to his yacht club, which I joined several years later. We would spend our Friday afternoons together sneaking out of work early so we could take the boats out to one of the local waterfront restaurants for an afternoon drink and lunch. The sneaking part ended though when his wife Michelle caught the credit card use with a text message from the bank! Our boats were on the same pier, just several slips away. We would tease each other all the time and it would be a constant battle of practical jokes on each other. Each one of us would try to top the other. If you met John, you liked John; he was just that type of person, always there to help anyone out. John was like a brother to me and I am holding back the tears as I write this. I will never be able to walk down that pier without thinking of him.

    My prayers go out to his family especially his wife Michelle and his two sons Zach and Mike. I will miss you John!
  2. electricaldoctor

    electricaldoctor Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    May 14, 2008
    Thousand Islands, Rockport, Ontario.
    1988 390 EC
    454 Mercruiser Gassers
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of such a close good friend Bill.

  3. Capt. Rusty Higgins

    Capt. Rusty Higgins Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 6, 2006
    Cape Canaveral, Florida
    Sea Ray 18CC Laguna
    if it burns, it turns
    All of us here at Sea Ray Boats offer our condolences......I have read John's writings many times and just knew he was my kind of guy.

    So sorry for the loss to his family, and to all of us. I hate this news.

    Capt. Rusty Higgins

    SCORPIO Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    1989 300 DA
    Twin 5.7 Merc Alpha I
    So very tragic, my condolences.
  5. LTD.330

    LTD.330 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 5, 2009
    Lake Erie
    1999 Sundancer 330
    7.4 MPI
    So sad, his insights will be missed. Rest In Peace John.
  6. skibum

    skibum Well-Known Member

    Jul 30, 2007
    Perry Hall, MD
    2005 Sundancer 260
    496 Magnum HO
    Oh wow. I've run into John several times over the past couple of seasons. I didn't get to spend a whole lot of time with him, but the few times I did get to talk to him I left with the feeling that he was a really great guy. My condolences to you and his family. What a shame.
  7. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    New Bern, NC
    CY 3375
    7.4 MPI twin
    No! So sad to here this. I did some Infinity flooring for him last year he was a great guy to deal with....unbelievable. Life is way too short.
  8. tdschafer

    tdschafer Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Aug 24, 2009
    Long island , NY
    1997 330 sundancer
    twin 454's, Carb, V-Drives
    This is tragic news. I always loved the football banter on CSR. I am very sorry for your loss. Deepest condolences to you and Johns family at this extremely difficult time.
  9. Escape22

    Escape22 Member

    May 22, 2017
    Milwaukee WI
    1986 210 SXL
    5.7 260 Merc
    sorry to his family RIP
  10. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    1998 450 Sundancer, Achilles dinghy w/15hp
    3126 Cat's
    RIP John.... Sorry to hear this news...
  11. CSR_Admin

    CSR_Admin Administrator Staff Member

    Mar 10, 2004
    This is terrible news :( I first knew John from CSR. Always a gentleman. He's had us do plenty of work on his boat too, as recently as a few weeks ago. A real tragedy.
  12. Alegria

    Alegria Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    Lancaster,PA Boat: -Sue Creek, MD
    2000 410 DA
    3126 CAT
    I am still a bit numb and in shock at the loss. John and Bill sponsored me at the Baltimore Yacht Club. John was a sincere and a caring soul, with a mischievous side. I remember when Bill and John unknowingly donated their cockpit fridge's supply of Coors Light to the week's cruise cooler, as payback for all those pranks....

    I will miss him and have him and his family in my prayers. I guess the good Lord needed some help on a 370DA re-power and he chose the best man to consult with!
  13. Jaybeaux

    Jaybeaux Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 3, 2016
    Upper Potomac River
    2006 Sea Ray 48
    Naught On Call
    Cummins QSC-540s with V-Drives
    11 KW Onan Genset
    I did not know John....but when I lost my dad, I felt it comforting when people just said they were sorry about my loss. To John's family, I am sorry for your loss. May you find comfort and peace in his memory.
  14. Gimme Time

    Gimme Time Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jan 7, 2007
    Charlottesville, VA./ Deltaville, VA. / Tidewater
    2006 52SB, Ray Marine E120, Garmin 7612 through BOE site sponsor,
    I'm sorry I never met John but can tell from your remarks he was a great guy and so very sorry for his loss for his family and the many friends he made.

    There is very seldom a good time for someone to leave us and I'm sure if John could say something to us all he'd say Live Life to the fullest as you seldom know when your time is coming.

    RIP from another John Martin as I share his name as well
  15. Strypes

    Strypes Well-Known Member

    Dec 10, 2015
    Catawba Island
    Sea Ray 400 Sedan Bridge
    Boston Whaler 235 Conquest
    Twin Caterpillar 3116
    Mercury Verado 225 4-Stroke

  16. importmonkey

    importmonkey Opinionated Member

    Jul 9, 2015
    Space Coast, FL
    2005 260DA (sold)
    2007 44DA (sold)
    1989/2015 Hatteras 65c
    To his wife and kids and most dearest friends, I'm so sorry. :(
  17. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Well-Known Member

    Jun 28, 2016
    Houston, Texas
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer
    2014 Seadoo 155 LTD
    2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    2013 Mercury Dinghy
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    OMG. So very sorry about your loss.
  18. keokie

    keokie Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2006
    2002 310 Sundancer, Westerbeke 4.5 Genset
    496's, Bravo III's, 2.2:1 Gears
    Very, very sorry to hear of this. My deepest condolences to you and to Michelle, Zach, and Mike.
  19. sdarc

    sdarc Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2010
    Piedmont NC
    So sad to hear. Didn't know John personally but I very much enjoyed his posts here on CSR. Godspeed.
  20. Pyrojodge

    Pyrojodge Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    May 1, 2011
    Lake Erie Ohio
    1989 Sea Ray 340 DA
    twin 454 Mercs
    I am sad the hear this and my thoughts and prayers are with his family...

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