loss of a good friend and CSR member

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by hack4alivin, Sep 6, 2017.

  1. Kameroo

    Kameroo Member

    Feb 1, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    12' Kayaks
    So sorry to hear. Is there a link to a local obituary that would help put a face behind his callsign and avatar?
  2. skibum

    skibum Well-Known Member

    Jul 30, 2007
    Perry Hall, MD
    2005 Sundancer 260
    496 Magnum HO
    Directly from his obituary.

  3. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 6, 2006
    CY 3375
    7.4 MPI twin
    Great pic!

    So did he fall stepping onto the boat?
  4. northshore

    northshore Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    1989 340 Sundancer
    Raymarine E90W Radar/Chartplotter
    Twin 454 Mercruiser 340's
    We lost a great guy that I had literally met just the week before at our club when he mis-planted a foot getting back aboard his boat last year.
  5. Tonka Boater

    Tonka Boater Active Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Wayzata, MN
    1997 232 BR
    502 MAG, Bravo I
    I've off the grid for awhile...this is tragic. I can't say any more than what's been said already. RIP.
  6. Woody

    Woody Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2007
    N. Wisconsin/Lk Superior
    2005 420DA
    Cummins 6CTA8.3
    None of my business but I'm curious too.

    I have a friend going through some serious business and health problems, he's taken to drinking a bit more than he used to. Unknown to him I have followed him to his boat a few times and waited to make sure he's on it and down for the night. It was easier to keep an eye on him when I was slipped next door, I would sit in my cockpit and listen for the splash that might come because he was peeing off the swim platform to save a flush.

    I figure it don't hurt to keep an eye on each other, just in case.

    RIP Captain XravenX
  7. hack4alivin

    hack4alivin Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Apr 18, 2008
    Joppa, Maryland
    320 Dancer
    Twin 350 V Drives
  8. hack4alivin

    hack4alivin Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Apr 18, 2008
    Joppa, Maryland
    320 Dancer
    Twin 350 V Drives

    We really don’ know and most likely never will. I talked with his sister who was the person that identified the body when it was found close to Eastern Yacht Club in Middle River. She said he looked “very peaceful” and there were no signs he struggled. He also had some bruising on his lower chin and neck, maybe hitting the boat or the pier before he went in. John had two boats at our club, his bigger boat was on B pier and the smaller runabout was on A pier, so he could have fallen in at either one, but knowing John, I would think at that time of the evening he was just going to the bigger boat to turn in. I don’t think he ever made it on the boat.

    I am still in shock over this. To make it worse today (Friday) the weather was sunny and warm with no wind to speak of here in Baltimore. Had things been different this would have been one of those days when I would email him at his business and say, “meet you at the club at noon for a boat ride and lunch”.

    The turnout for his funeral was huge, I don’t think I have ever seen one that big before. He touched a lot of people’s lives and had a lot of friends, so I am not alone in missing him… that is for sure.

  9. DaleM

    DaleM Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Mt Airy, MD
    340 Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 Horizons
    I definitely will miss John. My heart sank when we saw the missing persons report and the name of is boat included in the write up. I remember the springs when he would winter at Gunpowder and during spring launch he would hang out in the grass behind the boats. He was so proud of his boat - he LOVED it! Had it re-powered a few seasons if I remember correctly. We'd sit in the spring evenings on J-pier and talk, laugh, and listen to him pick on Bill....! Such a super guy! It's so sad to have the great ones go so soon.

    He isn't really gone until the last one that knows him is.
  10. endless seas

    endless seas Well-Known Member

    Feb 13, 2008
    1997 450 DA
    Cat 420
    I'm very sorry to here this sad news also. I guess we get used to getting on and off our boats so often that we don't think to much about it.
    Condolences to his family also ...


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