In Memoriam: Gene Davis, 1955-2019

Longtime member Gene Davis has passed away after a brief illness. Our love, thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Sharon, and daughters Kristen and Shannon and all of the family. Gene was a jumper in local, regional and national competitions’ and always gave us a thrill. He was a senior Judge and was a very sought-after technical controller for record tournaments including the Masters, Nationals and World Championships. He was Chair of the AWSA Technical Committee for many years, past AWSA president, and was instrumental in bringing the technical standards up their current standards and has taught many the tricks of the trade.

Remembering Lee Mershon

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.

Randy Youngsma Passed Away

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.

Remembering Paul M. Wright

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

Remembering Hilary Swaffield

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