With great sadness and grief, the family of Lee Mershon announced his sudden passing in West Palm Beach, Florida on November 8, 2018. The obituary may be viewed here.
Roger Hammel passed along: Lee and another former Eastern Region skier were working on skis when lee was stricken with a heart attack. He had been skiing and driving with others a couple of hours prior. Lee was participating in our sport that he loved quite literally right up to the last moments of his life.
Lee was an avid water skier and won many state, regional, and national championships. He was a senior three event and Pan-Am judge at waterskiing events and was chief boat driver and chief judge at Nationals. He was a test driver and helped design and approve the ski boat “Ski Centurion” for tournament use. He served on the American Water Ski Association rules committee for many years. He was the first recipient of the Gertha Hancock Award. Lee found a great deal of pleasure in sky diving, scuba diving, and flying his own airplane.
Please keep his wife Bonnie in your thoughts.
A memorial service will be held Friday November 16th 2pm at Williamsburg United Methodist Church 500 Jamestown Road ,Williamsburg, VA 23185, (757) 229-1771.
There is also a memorial service for Lee in Wellington, Florida. It will be held at St. David’s In The Pines Episcopal Church, Forest Hill and Wellington Trace, at 2 pm on November 27, 2018.
Hello Friends, with sadness passing along info about Randy Youngsma’s passing, http://www.bumafuneralhome.com/obituary/Randall-H.-Randy-Youngsma/Uxbridge-MA/1766547. Visiting hours and service are Saturday morning, Dec. 9 in Uxbridge, MA.
Randy was an avid water skier and driver for many years in the Mass. and NH areas, especially at Oakham while it was Lex Carroll’s home. We will have more history coming soon. Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments.
Ed Nichols, friend to many in the East, and father/grandfather of accomplished family skiers, passed away a few weeks ago. Ed’s services will be 6/17 1-3pm at Newark country club.
Ed Brazil notes that Hank Miner was an Eastern mover and shaker from back in the 60’s and 70’s and was AWSA President from 1972-1974. At USA WaterSki, there is a wall of pictures of AWSA presidents. Ed would like to find a more appropriate photo of Hank to replace the current photo. If you have a photo suitable for this purpose, please email to Ed.
On Monday, May 26, we lost a legend in the water ski world. Warren Witherell passed away after a yearlong battle from a stroke and heart attack. He was 79. Continue reading
The great snow and water ski athlete is remembered in the links below: Continue reading
Rob Clark, M4 skier from NY state, passed away on August 26 of melanoma cancer. He fought a long battle and will be deeply missed. Read obituary. See NY Stated Fed Facebook page.
January 11, 2008
Paul M. Wright of West Roxbury, MA, passed away on Friday morning January 11, 2008. Beloved husband of Janet L. Horton. Loving father of Kathleen Trotta-Sidman and her husband Josh of Grafton, Tammy Aversano and Kim Howe both of Plymouth. Loving Papa Paul to Tyler, Rachael, Matthew, Michael, Miranda, Matt, Corina and J. D. Great grand Papa to Aidan, Drew and Sophia. Devoted brother of Ruth Peterson of Woburn. Paul is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and friends. Continue reading
Hilary Swaffield, Womens 1 skier from New Hampshire, passed away on Sept. 12. She was the daughter of Bill (Mens 5 skier and senior official) and Becky, and the sister of Willie (Mens 2 skier) and Whitney.
(copied from The Granite State News, Thursday, September 27, 2007)
Accomplished athlete, talented musician
WOLFEBORO — Hilary Rebecca Swaffield, 23, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Sept. 12, in Wolfeboro. She was born on March 7, 1984 in Concord, the daughter of William and Rebecca (Hunt) Swaffield. Continue reading
With great sadness we inform that Alan Rossi passed away suddenly on Saturday, 4/21. Alan was a friend and mentor to many, many people in the local water-ski community and New England tournament skiing. He competed at the regional and national levels, was instrumental in Jamie Beauschesne’s career development, was the uncle of world-class skier Chris Rossi. His accomplishments and contributions go on and on… He leaves his wife Connie, daughter Angie, brother Mark, nephews Chris and Tony, and father.
Funeral service was held Wednesday, April 25th, 1:00 at the St. Johnsbury North Congregational Church located at 1325 Main Street in St. Johnsbury.
See notes from friends on Green Mountain Water Skiers website (this link added 8/10/07 and URL modified at a later date).