In Memoriam


Janet Taylor, 89 – Member since 1996

January 14, 1933 – September 3, 2023

Portsmouth Yacht Club member Janet Taylor has passed away at the age of 90. Janet and her later husband Alvin had been PYC members since 1996.



Bob Stewart, 91 – Member since 2009

January 27, 1932 – April 2, 2023

Portsmouth Yacht Club member Bob Stewart passed away suddenly at the age of 91. Bob and his wife Davia joined PYC in 2009.  An avid sailor, Bob was a veteran of countless Bermuda, Halifax, and international offshore races as well as numerous deliveries. Scuttlebutt .com

Paul J Holloway, Jr, 84 – Member since 1988

September 11, 1938 – March 14, 2023

Paul Holloway, a Portsmouth Yacht Club member since 1988, passed away after a period of declining health.  He had a dynamic personality that attracted a wide circle of friends, many of whom he considered family. Our condolences go to his wife of 62 years, Anna Grace, and the entire family. (Obituary)

Paul A Dubois, 81 – Member since 2019

November 8, 2041 – February 14, 2023

Portsmouth Yacht Club member Paul Dubois passed away peacefully on February 14, 2023, after a courageous fight against Covid-19. Paul, who joined PYC in 2019 along with his wife Sharon Griffin, will be remembered for his kindness, generosity, and quick wit.  (Obituary)

Geoffrey E Clark,  MD, 84 – Member since 1998

May 21, 1938 to January 8, 2023

Portsmouth Yacht Club member Geoffrey Clark has passed away at the age of 84. Jeff and his wife Martha have been PYC members since 1998. Married for 52 years, some of their happiest times together have been spent sailing—around New England and as far away as the Caribbean and Newfoundland, on their J44 Sedna. (Obituary)


PC Carol Marvin, 79 – Member since 1986

August 21, 1943 – December 3, 2022

Life Member and Past Commodore Carol R Marvin  passed away quietly at Orchid Cove Nursing Home in Vero Beach, Florida on Saturday December 3, 2022. 
Carol and her husband of 60 years, PC Addison L Marvin, joined PYC in 1986. Before their move to Florida in retirement, both Carol and Addison were very involved in PYC. Carol was on the Board of Directors, serving as Commodore in 1999.  (Obituary)

Elaine Syracusa, 85 – Member since 1983

May 18, 1937 – October 8, 2022

Life Member Elaine Syracusa passed away peacefully on Sat, Oct. 8 in her home surrounded by family, after living with cancer. Elaine, along with her late husband Tony, had been an active and dedicated Portsmouth Yacht Club member since 1983. Obituary

Leonard M. Small, 98 – Member since 1982

August 23, 1923 – May 8, 2022

Life Member Len Small was a talented woodworker, craftsman, and gifted sailor. Len and his late wife Marie were longtime Dover, NH residents and joined PYC in 1982.  Obituary.

Brooks Kennedy, 81 – Member since 1978

March 13, 1942 – March 14, 2022

Life Member Brooks had been an avid sailor/boater, and was very involved in the early years of the Portsmouth racing circuit. He served on the Board of Directors and the House and Docks Committee, and was involved in the design and acquisition of the club’s 24′ Eastern launch. Brooks and his wife Mary joined PYC in 1978. (Obituary)

Frederick “Ted” Gray, Jr, 85 – Member since 1964

July 3 1936 – February 23, 2022

Life Member Ted Gray towered above his fellow members while loudly extolling his yankee view of our town, our club and anything with which Ted was acquainted with.  A dear friend to our members and always one to lift our spirits.  We pass on our condolences to Suzanne, his son, PYC members Justin, and his family. We will miss his timeless sense of humor. (Obituary)

Darcy Scott, 69 – Member since 1993

March 15, 1952 –  Feb 18, 2022

Darcy will be missed by her friends at PYC.  She blended her love of adventure with her creative talents in writing a number of novels, 3 based on the coast of Maine. We will miss her charming and engaging presence.  (Obituary)

Diana Appleton, 86 – Member since 2005

November 2, 1935 – January 15, 2022

Born in Bournemouth, England, Diana and her husband John emigrated to the US in 1964. They retired in 1995 and moved to New Castle where they enjoyed sailing, traveling, and entertaining friends and family .(Obituary)



James R “Jim” Kilcoyne, 82 – Member since 2000

February 26, 1939 – December 11, 2021

Jim, along with his wife Jane, had been a PYC member sinc2 2000. Jim was passionate about baseball and was long-suffering New York Mets fan. He was an avid reader and spent many hours working through all the crossword puzzles he could find.  Obituary

Vaughan Sanborn, 81 – Member since 2008

December 30, 1939 – October 3, 2021

Along with his wife Elizabeth, he has been members of PYC since 2008. Vaughan was be laid to rest in a private ceremony in the Rye Central Cemetery. A “Celebration of Life” was held at Abenaqui Country Club on Thursday, October 14th from 3:30 – 5:30 pm. (Obituary)

Ann Mowers, 82 – Member since 1979

July 10, 1938 – May 5, 2021

Life Member Ann and her late husband Davi, were active members of the Portsmouth Yacht Club since 1979. She also volunteered at the Portsmouth Regional Hospital and was a member of the Red Hat Society. (Obituary)


Jerry Young, 84 – Member 1995 – 2017

1936 – April 15, 2021

Jerry and her husband Paul joined PYC in 1995. They enjoyed sailing and cruising on Reprise, and served as PYC Cruise Directors for almost 10 years. They moved to Denver, CO  in 2018 to be near family. for health reasons.


Glen E. Graper, 86 – Member since 1992

October 24, 1934 – February 19, 2021

Life Member Glen Graper passed away on Friday, February 19, 2021 from complications of COVID-19. Glen served on the PYC Board of Directors and as Parliamentarian.  He had a passion for sailing, his Harley Davidson motorcycle, and and his “Gentle Giant” Newfoundland dogs. Our condolences go out to his wife of 39 years, Mary Lou, and their family. (Obituary)

In Memoriam: 2016-2020