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Tribute to a Special Boater

Wednesday, June 03, 2015


We all have a special person in their life that got us started in boating, and in my case it was my father.  Dad truly believed in the philosophy that “you can’t take it with you,” and got our family started in boating while my brother and I were still young teenagers.

 

Some of our favorite memories were on their Sea Rays, the Erimark and ski boat Erimark, Jr., which they kept in Beaver, Pennsylvania, just two small lock chambers from downtown Pittsburgh.  One of my favorites was when they took eight of us kids by boat to see the Bruce Springsteen concert at the Three Rivers Stadium.

 

Later, the Erimark grew to be a 34’ Sundancer on Lake Erie, and friends from college would spend weekends on the water with us.  I married one of them, who also got the bug for boats at an early age thanks to my father.

 

Dad later got us hooked on blue water fishing, and we have some good memories from the Atlantic Coast of Florida.  Dad had some health issues going into his 60s, and was always glad that his boating years were shared with the family when everybody was younger.  In the later years, he favored cruise ships, where he could enjoy good scenery and seafood, while somebody else worried about maintaining the vessel.

 

Dad, a retired airline pilot, passed away recently at age 70 from a heart attack.  We’ll miss him greatly, and this newsletter is dedicated to his honor.

 

A recent picture of Gary Grubb with his granddaughter cruising the Ohio River in Louisville

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StaySeaLynn 6/7/2015
We never met your Dad but I'm SURE he was an AWESOME Man! Thinking of you & your family as you still work through the heartbreak of losing a parent / grandparent - xoxo
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Eric, I am so sorry about your Dad. It struck a cord with me and enlightened me on your past. My wife and I boated on the Beaver and Ohio Rivers also, from 1993 to 2006, where we both retired from the airlines like your Dad, but only USAirways. We moved to Louisville, boat and with our mothers in 2006 (Jill was born and raised in Pittsburgh), and we now just recently got out of "big" boating after 20 years, and moved to Pensacola, FL (still chasing the dream). I am just one year younger than your Dad and will soon be having a heart valve transplant. It is comforting to know I never past up the great life of boating with friends and family; and I am sure your Dad felt the same way. I wish I could have met him as it would have been fun talking with him about our similar careers. I know he would have been proud of you and the similar direction in life you have taken. Follow your dreams. Doug, Naut Reality
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