Rick Gipe (D. R. Gipe) passed Sunday June 23, 2013.
He was very dedicated to the safety of the
boating public. He worked diligently with boat manufacturers, state
boating law enforcement, the American Boat And Yacht Council, and many
other groups to insure that boats were built to the highest safety
standards. His influence on the safety of recreational boaters is
immeasurable. He was one of those people who worked quietly in the
background without a lot of acclaim or recognition but had a huge
influence on safety. He was a very friendly and likeable person and had a
vast circle of friends in all of the boating community, who he kept in
touch with even after retiring through his e-mail "A" list. He was an
extremely intelligent person, and contributed some significant
improvements to the program.
He was also a very good
friend to me and my family, with a quick wit, a good story or joke, and
was always upbeat and encouraging. He was a good family man who loved
his wife and children immensely. He always showed others pictures of his
family and especially his grand daughter whom he was very proud of. He
loved to cook, and he loved golf. Rick will be very very sorely
missed by me and many other people. The boating world owes him a great
debt of gratitude for the much higher quality and safety in the boats
manfactured today, not just in the USA, but around the world.
Thank you Rick, May you rest in peace. I expect to find you on heaven's golf course.