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Eight Bells: Colin Park
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Nov 25, 2007, 4:17 PM

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Colin N. Park of St. Petersburg, Florida died November 23rd at home. Born February 9, 1944, in Vancouver, British Columbia, he was the only child of Norman Park and Marion Brown. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia and then both a Masters’ and Doctorate from Purdue University. He worked for Dow Chemical for 29 years, ending with a position as Senior Scientist. While at Dow, Colin was recognized for his work with Congress and the EPA on the Clean Air Act. He retired to St. Petersburg in 1999.

An accomplished sailor, Colin began his racing career early in life. He was a member of the inaugural class of the Collegiate Sailing Hall of Fame. He represented Canada, sailing 470’s, in the 1976 Olympics in Kingston, Ontario. Active with the International Lightning Class for more than 30 years, he served as president in 2001 and 2002. Sailing with wife Karen, he won the Lightning North American Championship in 1988, and went on to become Lightning North American Masters Champion in 2000, 2001 and 2003.

Upon retirement to Florida, Colin joined the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, where his activities included serving as head of the Sailing Center, Coast Guard Liaison and most recently, Yachting Information Officer. He also became involved with the local Snipe fleet, and won the Snipe World Masters Championship in 2002. He and Karen continued to sail Snipes locally and had recently begun racing Sunfish. Together they crewed in many Key West Race Week and NOOD Regattas on a variety of keelboats. A certified race officer, he could often be found on the water either as a competitor or as part of race management. Colin worked closely with the disabled sailing community and coached the US Sonar team to a Bronze medal in the 2004 Paralympics in Athens, Greece.

Colin is survived by his wife of 19 years, Karen M Park; by two daughters: Tracie Park and Shelley Cluff; son-in-law Brian Cluff; granddaughter Sydney; brother-in-law Kyle Militzer; sister-in-law Laura Bryant and her husband Matt, mother-in-law Kay George father-in-law Paul Militzer, and step-mother Patricia Park. Colin was loved by all and will be missed. A celebration of Colin’s life will be held at SPYC at 5:30 pm on Thursday, November 29. Memorial donations may be made to Roswell Park Hospital in Buffalo, New York or the International Lightning Class Mentor Fund. Online guest book at http://obit.andersonmcqueen.com/tribute.cgi?id=479138&listing=Current




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Nov 26, 2007, 5:59 AM

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Great guy, good friend. Will be missed. Taught most of us in Michigan how to make a Lightning go fast.


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Nov 26, 2007, 7:30 AM

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Legend, Mentor, Friend.


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Nov 26, 2007, 9:35 AM

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I would like to extend my condolences to the Park family. We all have friends in the various stages of our life. Colin was one of those friends from our junior days at the Royal Vancouver Yacht club in the 50s and 60s. He was always one you were able to learn from and who was always willing to pass on his latest ideas on how to make your 8’ Sabot go faster in frostbiting or your 18’ Flattie go faster in English Bay in the summer.

Any yes, we all knew the colour of his transom and the name of his boat because that is what we saw the most when we raced against Colin. He will be missed.
Alan Sturgess - Vancouver
Alan Sturgess
Vancouver, Canada


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Nov 26, 2007, 4:49 PM

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with Surprise and Sadness I read this thread today. My condolences to Karen and their family. Colin was an amazing sailor and competitor. He will be missed.
Trevor Born


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Nov 27, 2007, 5:14 AM

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My condolences to Karen and the family. It's hard to believe. He will be missed with all his energy that has helped so many people in the sailing world and else ware.

Jim Allen


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