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!