Saturday, March 21, 2015

Fair Winds...

Robert Lawrence
December 10, 1925 - March 19, 2015

All smiles on the day Jack Frost was launched on Orange Lake, February 1973.
(from the scrapbook of the Westchester Ice Sailing Club)

Ice boaters throughout the region mourn the passing of Bob Lawrence this past week.
Bob was a life long ice boater, member of Orange Lake Ice Yacht Club and one of the original members who reorganized the Hudson River Ice Yacht Club. He was past commodore of both clubs. He helped lead the rebuilding of the Jack Frost in the early 1970s, which took place in his basement in Newburgh. Bob was a passionate iceboater, storyteller and giver of advice. Our condolences to Rick, Danny, Kevin, his wife Vonnie and the rest of the Lawrence family.
Fair winds & smooth ice Bob....  
Bob Lawrence, with a bronze tiller that was presented to him,
during a recognition dinner in February 1998  for his life long achievements in ice boating.
Reid Bielenberg, to the left, had the tiller forged for Bob for the event. 

At work on the cockpit of Jack Frost, in his basement, 1972.
(photo courtesy of the Klose family photo archives)
Talking with Ricky Aldrich about Icicle, John A. Roosevelt's champion yacht.
This was the day the
Icicle was removed from the FDR Library in Hyde Park. 
With the Frost, Lake Winnipasaukee, NH, early 1990s. 
John Rose & Bob swap stories, in the shop where
the mast of Jack Frost was being lengthened.
circa 2003.

Bob & John Vargo on Orange Lake, Feb. 2008.

Rick, Bob & Kevin Lawrence- 3 generations of ice boaters, on Orange Lake Feb. 2008.
Bob's father & Grandfather were ice boaters and members of the Orange Lake Ice Yacht Club as well.
At the HRIYC spring pot luck, April 2013.
A few more thoughts and connections on Bob here.

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