Late yesterday we received this note from The Great Lakes Boat Building School and E. James Mertaugh family regarding a new scholarship in the name of Tommy Mertaugh who sudden death was reported on last week. If you are planing on making any donation in memory of Tommy, we here at Woody Boater can not imagine a more perfect way to support the future of the passion in a name that has stood for love, passion and humble talent. The world needs more Tommy Mertaughs.
The Thomas “Tommy” Mertaugh Memorial Scholarship Fund at GLBBS
The E. James Mertaugh Family has announced the formation of a scholarship fund for The Great Lakes Boat Building School in special memory of their beloved son and brother, Thomas N. Mertaugh, best known to the world of wooden boat enthusiasts as “Tommy”. It is the family’s preference that the monies be used to assist second-year students who are truly dedicated to becoming highly skilled builders, restorers, and finishers in the wooden boat trade. This is as it should be since no one set the bar any higher than Tommy when it came to perfectionism in the industry.
Tommy’s death on October 8th at only 47 years of age, stunned the wooden boating world. His grandfather, Eugene J. Mertaugh, founded the first Chris-Craft dealership in the country in 1924 in the town of Hessel, in Michigan’s Les Cheneaux Islands, with the boat works operating within the family through the next two generations. In 2000, Tommy and his father, Jim, and brother, Dan, created Classic and Antique Boats, with Tommy administrating the business. It became known as one of the finest restoration shops in the country, with its boats winning top prizes everywhere.
Tommy dedicated his life to saving the beauty and mystique of wooden boats for posterity; thus this scholarship is most appropriate. In the event that a substantial amount of contributions is received in his memory, an endowment fund will be established through the Les Cheneaux Community Foundation to guarantee the perpetuation of Tommy’s dream and to retain the Mertaugh name in boating for generations to come.
Contributions may be paid to the order of Les Cheneaux Community Foundation, designating “The Thomas“Tommy” Mertaugh Memorial Scholarship Fund at GLBBS”, and mailed to:
Les Cheneaux Community Foundation
P.O. Box 249
Cedarville, Michigan 49719