We are sad to report that our friend Bill Baldwin passed away yesterday in Dallas, Texas. Bill’s lifetime of contributions to the antique & classic boating hobby go well beyond his award winning work as Managing Editor of the Brass Bell – the official publication of the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club. Bill touched everyone he met, and will be remembered as an extremely talented individual and a true gentleman.
Jim Frechette shared some thoughts of his friend Bill with us today. – Texx
Bill was not only the Editor of our award winning magazine “The Brass Bell”, but he was a close personal friend who I will miss dearly, as will many of us across the country and even the world.
He had many friends from all walks of life that extended well beyond the passion of wooden boats. As a veteran of the NASA space programs of the early 1960’s he knew how to program computers before most of us even knew what computers were. And, as if that were not enough about space, he became an author of science fiction and ended up publishing at least ten novels in that genre and was still working on another.
As a restorer of one of his boats, a Cavalier “Golden Arrow”, I learned first hand of his attention to detail as we struggled to get the exact pattern of the various vinyl patterns required to get the perfect match. This drive for perfection, as well as the sneaky way he would get you to do exactly what he wanted without you knowing it, was why the “Bell” became the amazing magazine it is. Many authors of the “Bell” articles became “writers” due to Bill’s encouragement and editing skills.
Bill was the owner of several classic boats and enjoyed his life in the summer at Lake Chautauqua in upper New York state where he was a Founding Trustee of the Lawson Boating Heritage Center on that lake. Also on that lake he was a Director of the ACBS Chautauqua Lake Twin-Tier Chapter as well as a Founding President Emeritus of the RDC-Triangle ACBS Chapter. He also was a past President of the Dallas based Wooden Boat Association and a Director of the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club.
I feel honored that I was able to know him, but I also am disappointed that we will no longer be able to share time together. I will miss a good friend.
President Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club
Fellow Woody Boater Al Benton noted on the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club website – “Although he lived in Dallas, I think Lake Chatauqua was really home to Bill. As he told it, his father must have been part of the “Institution” there and Bill spent early summers there resulting in his later buying a summer home at the lake. As told to me today by his wife Pat, it is his wish to have his ashes spread upon the lake. – Al Benton
For a closer look into the life & times of Bill Baldwin you can check out his amazing Biography by Clicking Here.
R.I.P. Mr. Baldwin