We received news yesterday that “Buzz” (Clyde R. Gibb) has passed away at the age of 98 years. Whether you had met Buzz, he was an inspiration to many for so many years – not just as the owner/savior of Thunderbird but as a unique and inspirational member of the wooden boat community and the Lake Tahoe region.
One of five founding members of the Tahoe Maritime Museum (Alan Furth, Dick Clark, Eric Schmidt, Steve Lapkin and Buzz)
Buzz was also the Past Commodore, Tahoe Yacht Club, and helped, unselfishly, in the growth and continuance of the Tahoe Yacht Club’s Concours d’ Elegance
From Bill Watson, the Executive Director and curator of the Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society, indicates a memorial in his behalf will be held in Florida (he was residing at Jupiter Beach) and at Tahoe, separately, in the spring or summer of next year.
At this point I would like to make a personal observation here at Woody Boater.
From time to time, we report on folks that are the backbone of our passion, they represent the best in all of us, and us as a community. The folks that step above and out on limbs to save boats, volunteer selfishly and contribute. There is a very special small group within the larger group, the folks that we all owe a larger debt of gratitude to, that are sadly passing away. The guys that saved boats and the lifestyle, even when it seemed ridiculous. Those years when stuff was being burned, thrown away and ignored. THOSE are the guys that took the leap out of passion and love, not as an investment, or with any return in mind, other than the return of true inner joy.
AND THAT is what our sport, passion and community is about. And Buzz was one of the pillars of that small group that we owe so much too. We will miss you Buzz, but your passion, love and generosity, are baked into our community for good. THANKYOU from the bottom of our old rotten bilges.