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Born: 4 November 1922
Died: 5 October 2014
Our shipmate, Bob Bush, has completed his battle with cancer and sailed away peacefully on his last voyage this morning.
Bob was born in NYC and started his sailing career in Long Island, sailing out of Oyster Bay in a variety of boats including an Alden yawl, an Alden Schooner, and later a Sparkman & Stephens ketch. He cruised his boats with family and friends along the New England coast and was an able navigator, an enthusiastic sailor, and an authority on boat design in general, wooden boats in particular, and schooners especially.
He was involved in 12-meter racing in the 1950’s, before the 12’s became the official America’s Cup class. He became a faithful member of the Newport-Bermuda crew on “Undina,” owned and captained by Roddy Williams, then the Governor General of Bermuda, making numerous trips to the Onion Patch.
Bob earned his degree in forestry from Syracuse University, did graduate engineering work at Columbia University, and served as a pilot in the Army Air Corps at the end of World War II. He went on to work in the lumber business, the prefabricated housing industry, industrial design of construction materials, large-scale housing development, and ultimately in energy efficiency consulting. His work brought him to Florida where he eventually settled and in retirement years worked tirelessly for the Elliott Museum, the Maritime and Yachting Museum, and Martin Memorial Hospital, all in Stuart, FL.
In addition to his Cruising Club membership, which he truly treasured, Bob was a member of the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club of Oyster Bay, as well as the Storm Trysail Club.
Bob is survived by a loving family including his wife, Hanna, three children, Cathie, Clinton, and Porter, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1 PM on Saturday 25 October 2014 at Treasure Coast Seawinds Funeral Home, 950 S.E Monterey Rd., Stuart, FL. Memorial donations may be made to Treasure Coast Hospice (tchospice.org).