Thread: In memory of racers no longer with us:

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    Default Bart Cromwell



    Rest in Peace, Bart Cromwell, GN 331

    Needless to say the past few days have been rough and my condolences go to Logan, June and the entire Cromwell Family during this difficult time.

    For those that didn't know him, one of nicest guys, great acerbic sense of humor, great lawyer (don't often get to say that!) and great boat racer! Bart wasn't just an SCSC board member for the past 11 years, he was a dear friend who will be sincerely missed by myself and the rest of our board and the entire racing community. He fought the good fight for a long time since the discovery of the melanoma that eventually took his life and always had a cheerful thought or downplayed the severity of his condition and was always grateful for the time he had with his family and his extended family (the boat racing community). On behalf of the Board of Directors for SCSC and RPM Racing Enterprises we will always miss him and hope he has eternal peace!

    Farewell my friend!

    Ross Wallach, Commodore SCSC/RPM Racing Ent.





    Bart is and was a great teacher and ambassadore of the sport. He gave me alot of lessons out on the water as well as encouragemant for and with my fight with cancer also. I will miss him deeply.

    Jim Rich
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    Just read through this entire post, and saw names of many friends.

    Here are several more racers that were in one way or another part of my life, and no longer with us.

    Jim Hauenstein

    Jim Merten Sr.

    Burt Ross Jr.

    Andy Wiggers

    Tom Sikes

    Phil O'Berry

    Randy Tilton

    Peter Inward (UK)

    Rest in peace guys.

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    Default Paul Breed 1930-2012

    I first met Paul in 1956 when we were racing on TV with Speedboat Rodeo. He was in the Coast Guard then. Later he and his son made a computerize speedometer. Sorry to hear of his passing. Paul was a real gentleman!

    From Sunny Breed:

    My beloved husband, Paul, passed away Saturday, February 25, 2012, after a long illness. For some time he had suffered from Alzheimer's Disease and for the last year from metastatic prostate cancer. His suffering is now over but he is very much missed by all of us who loved him.
    Sunny Breed

    Paul Hobart Breed, CDR USCG (Ret.)
    1930 - 2012

    Paul H. Breed was an outstanding pilot, successful entrepreneur and avid outdoorsman. He graduated from the US Coast Guard Academy, US Navy flight training for both fixed wing and helicopter aircraft and several aircraft maintenance programs with the US Navy and Air Force. His Coast Guard career encompassed navigation support in the Philippines, search and rescue in Alaska and executive transportation in Washington, DC, where he flew cabinet officers and CG top commanders around the world in the Coast Guard's first executive jet.

    Paul was awarded the US Coast Guard’s Distinguished Flying Cross and two Air Medals for rescues performed in Alaska during his career as a search and rescue pilot. He also earned the Coast Guard Commendation Medal and a Unit Commendation for his command of the Coast Guard Air Station at Washington National Airport and another Unit Commendation for his command at CGAS Annette Island, Alaska.

    After retiring from the Coast Guard, Paul founded an air taxi service in Klawock, Alaska. He merged it with a larger air service in Ketchikan to form SouthEast Alaska (SEA) Airlines, which he grew to 20 aircraft providing passenger, freight and mail service to island communities in the Ketchikan area and scheduled service to the other cities in Southeast Alaska. After selling SEA Airlines, Paul and his family moved to Long Beach, CA, where Paul became a real estate appraiser and later a commodities broker.

    Paul was an expert marksman all his life. He served as captain of the rifle team at the Coast Guard Academy, later on the All-Coast Guard Rifle Team. More recently he was a champion trap shooter. Early in his life he was also an avid hunter and fisherman. Whenever he lived where he could pursue his passion for racing, he designed and built small wooden hydroplanes. His designs were always leading-edge and consistently won races. Friends loved to hear him tell of his adventures in flying, hunting and racing.

    In his later years, Paul suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease. That disease robbed him of his memories but it never took his sense of humor. He continued to find humor in life, to be gracious to everyone around him and to appreciate all that was done for him.

    His first wife, Betty W. Breed, predeceased him and he is survived by his second wife of 32 years, Sunny, his son Paul, daughter-in-law Mariellen, grandson Paul and wife Jawon, and his brother, RADM Alan Breed and wife Jan. A graveside service and burial with full military honors will be at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the USCGA Alumni Association or to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

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    Default Another great one to Lake Paradise........

    Sad to hear of the passing of Don Eldredge. He leaves behind a legacy of great family members still competing today, all a product of his patience and racing ability both in and out of the cockpit. Our heart and prayers go out to this wonderful family and know Don is looking down on every one of them.
    Charley Bradley


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    I'm with you Charley on the passing of Don Eldredge. We pray for Don. We also pray that his immediate and extended family be with peace.

    The Eledrdge family is one that has among the deepest roots of outboard racing that there is. You probably cannot find even a handful boat racers of any class that can trace their boat racing heritage as far back as the Eldrege's boat racing clan.



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    Default Duane Wallick

    On a whim I phoned Jeff Wallick last night to see how he and his family were doing, and he informed me that his dad, Duane, passed away last summer of old age and Altzheimers.

    Duane Wallick, a USPS employee living in east Bellevue, WA, was one of the stalwarts of Seattle Outboard Association racing in the '60s and '70s. I think he started in B Stock Hydro in the late '50s, but by the time I got into the game in '65, Duane was a dedicated A and B alky guy. He was among the early purchasers of the first Quincy loop motors at that time, running them on a 10' 3'' Karelsen; he also ran an A Anzani some of the time, and picked up a Harrison B engine that he ran on a big heavy Belle-Craft, the first of two or three of those boats that made it up here. Duane and his family never failed to show up at any Region 10 race to battle it out on the course with John Meyers, Bob Luke, Barry Lewis, Dick Moen, Gerry Walin, Ron Anderson, Steve and Dave Johnson, Ron Magnusson, Roger Wendt, and the other A/B regulars of the era. He brought his two boys, Jeff and Sammy, up through the J and A Stock classes, and Sam stayed with it enough to become a particularly good 250cc driver. Wife Barb always pitched in to help with registration and scoring.

    Duane became a particular pal of mine, and gave me a good tip when I was still real green. I was trying his little Karelsen with my old A Konig on it one day at Long Lake on the Olympic Penninsula, a fine race site that we lost a long time ago. It was pretty rough that day or so I thought, and it wasn't my boat so I was trying to gingerly pick my way through the slop. I came in and told Duane that my knees and the boat were taking a beating, and he explained that you can't pick your way through the chop, you have to fly the boat over the top. I went back out and cranked 'er on, with some trepidation, and what do you know, I got a whole lot smoother ride (and faster!).

    We had some good times over the years, plus the usual mishaps. Barb tells the story of her car (Duane was partial to big mid-'50s Chryslers and DeSotos) being very low on gas one day with Duane gone somewhere, so she poured some of his race fuel (methanol/castor oil/20% nitro) into the tank of the truck so she could drive it to the gas station. She laughed at the expressions on the faces of the fellows working in the station's garage when they got a whiff of the exotic smells coming out of the tailpipe of her Chrysler!!

    Duane Wallick was a quiet, polite, well-mannered, self-effacing man who loved the whole outboard racing scene and made friendly acquaintances with racers across the country. I'm glad that he is no longer suffering, but sorry he is gone.

    --Phil Smith

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    Default Charley Redman

    This past weekend at the Mod. Winter Nat's I learned that Charley Redman has died. Many will remember Charley as a Pro driver, he set the D Hydro Kilo record at 99 mph in apba in the mid 60's an the NOA D Hydro record at 103 mph in the 60's. He was the first person that i knew that was in the Evinrude 100 mph club.. He won the NOA D Hydro World Championship's around this time also. I am sure he did more that i don't know of,He also promoted a lot of NOA races.

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    I remember Charley. Sorry to hear of his passing. The first time I saw him was at the North South Championships in Knoxville in 1966. He may have set one of his records the following Monday. In 1965 he set a D hydro record at Savanna, Goergia at 96.257. I remember him as being one of the top drivers of those days in which there were many big guns.



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    Default charlie redmon

    real sorry to hear this.called mom and told her.on her way to savannah to see my aunt.he was a year younger than dad.still remember going to his shop as a kid.

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    Default Lowell Schumacher

    I had a phone call from Todd Brinkman earlier today about the death of Lowell Schumacher, who built an large number of record setting and national championship winning boats, starting in the 70's and to the present time.

    Among many others who drove his boats to records and championships was Dan Kirts. Lowell passed away earlier today in Wisconsin, while attending a USTS race being held there this weekend.

    I do not have any more details, but am sure they will be forthcoming soon.

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