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EIGHT BELLS - Erich Bruckmann
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Nov 1, 2011, 6:15 AM

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Erich Bruckmann, one of the cornerstones behind the original C&C Yachts, passed away on October 28, 2011.

Erich was born in Dusseldorf, Germany in 1930. He left Germany as a young man in 1956 to start a new life with his devoted wife and first son Peter. Within a year of arriving in Canada, Erich began what would be a lifelong career as a boat builder. He was at the forefront of the yachting industry in the 1960's and 70's as one of the founding partners of C & C Yachts. Through hard work Erich was fortunate enough to be able to retire at an early age and spent many years enjoying life and travelling with Lisa, especially hiking in his favourite Austrian Alps.

"Erich was responsible for the construction of the C&C 61's and all of the custom boats that led to the developments of the C&C products," said Rob Maurice. "A quiet man who produced boats that brought a generation of people alive and allowed them to achieve their dreams, taught many how to earn a living for themselves and fostered a group of employees that continue to work today in the trade that he taught them to love. His influence continues; he will be missed."

A Celebration of life will be held at Smith's Funeral Home, 1167 Guelph Line (one stoplight north of QEW), Burlington (905-632-3333), on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. Reception to follow at Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Carpenter Hospice, Burlington. -- http://tinyurl.com/Erich-Bruckmann


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