Joe at the helm of VAGABOND

We are very saddened to report the death of a true asset and contributor to our beloved Classic Boat culture. Joe Turcotte of Gar Wood boats was hit from behind in his truck today and killed. I, and others are speechless and still in shock. Joe and his brothers, and entire family run Gar Wood Custom boats are an institution at all the big events. And in the entire boating world. They are all that’s good about our passion. Joe was General Manager of the Family business and very well known and loved by the entire community.

File Photo 2013 – Photo Kent O. Smith Jr

We will try and bring you news as it happens. Here is a link to the story as reported in the Post Star news in NY. 

And here is a news report. Very very sad.

We will keep this story up all day Friday. Unless there is further updates – Personally this angers the the crap out of me. I am angry, frustrated and bitter. I am sure I speak for many that the tool that did this deserves a special place in hell. How one useless turd bag of a human can take such a good soul, a person that brings so much good to the world. There are words that just seem cliche right now. Senseless, selfish, stupid, evil, unfair, sadness, all of these sadly can not capture the true impact of this sad event. I know it helps no one to be angry, but right now this news is very upsetting. UGH!

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  1. floyd r turbo

    Prayers of comfort and God’s grace for the Turcotte family members and friends as well as business associates who worked with Joe. My heartfelt condolences.

  2. Johnny V./John Vyverberg

    Such sad news…………….. Our condolences to the entire Turcotte family. Our thoughts are with you.

  3. Troy in ANE

    There is nothing I can say that will truly comfort the Turcotte family, but please know that all of our thoughts and prays are with you.

    Having narrowly missed what could have been a bad accident on my way home last night this hits a little close to home in more ways than one.

    It’s another reminder of how quickly our lives can change.

  4. Jim Godlewski

    Just terrible… Thoughts and prayers out to Joe’s family and friends.

  5. Tim Robinson

    RIP young Joe. I feel very sad. I had recently meet Joe and enjoyed spending time with him this past summer, on the docks and in the boats. You were one of the good guys. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.


    Condolences and prayers to the Turcotte families. I had the pleasure of working with Joe who was ever so willing to help and rectify my mistakes. RIP friend.

  7. clay c thompson

    my thoughts are with the Turcotte family, terrible tragety! Even worse, such a bad, bad person was responsible.

  8. Mark in Ohio (back from the U P)

    I like others don’t understand why. It is just heartbreaking to loose such a young, talented, and good young man
    taken from the world that way. My deepest sympathies and prayers go out to the Turcotte family. Joe will be missed.

  9. Josh Bryant

    Condolences and Prayers to the entire Turcotte familes. This is such a tragedy and a great loss not only to the family but to the entire boating community. Joe will be missed.

  10. Bruce Robbins Sr

    Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Turcotte families. Our community is going to miss a hard working member of Brant Lake, Chestertown area. He will be gone but not ever forgotten. We will all miss him at the ICP…RIP Joe.

  11. Carla

    What a devastating headline to wake up to this morning.😢. Great guy, stellar family..the world lost a GOOD ONE today. God bless the Turcotte family. You are all respected and loved!

  12. Michael P. McNally

    God Bless Joe and the Turcotte family…he was a great guy, a family man and a hell of a boatbuilder.
    Senseless…just senseless.
    Every ride on “Hussar” will bring back fond memories of this fine young man and his loving family.
    Michael P. McNally

  13. Scott D. Robinson

    God Bless Joe and the entire Turcotte family, from the New England Chapter, ACBS, we will all miss Joe.

  14. Marty & Cathy Gardner

    We just learned of this news from your post. Our hearts are broken for the Turcottes and Amy, her dad, Bruce, and their associates at Gar Wood Custom Boats. They are a wonderful family for whom we have the greatest respect and admiration. This is so senseless. So Sad!

  15. Al Schinnerer

    So tragic, My condolences to the Turcotte family. We will miss you, Joe.

  16. Mark Mason

    What a sad and horrible end for the life of a great young man. The end of an era for all who knew and loved him.