One Last Ride Being Planned For Herb Pocklington

algonac drive-1Last week when we found out about Herbs passing, we also got a wonderful comment later in the week from his lovely bride Carol Jose, about Herbs wish to make one last run past his home in Algonac. Here is Carol Jose’s comment.

To Our fellow Woody Boaters,

Thank you all for this beautiful tribute and celebration of my husband Herb Pocklington’s life. He was indeed a brilliant, wonderful man and husband, and my grief at his loss is beyond imagining. Herb loved his work, and his boating career. Our time together was shortened by his serious injuries from his time in Iraq, but at 88 he was still a tall, brave and stalwart man, who never complained or blamed. What time we had together as husband and wife was wonderful, we loved each other deeply, and I am grateful for having had him as a keystone in my life. Herb passed away at home in our condo in Melbourne Beach, Florida, quietly and surrounded with love. I was with him, as was his eldest son Steve, and my son Mike, when he slipped away.

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Herb looking at the dedication of the statue of Christopher Smith and Gar Wood

We plan to take Herb’s remains home to Algonac, Michigan in late June, where we’ll hopefully fulfill his request for, in his words: ”a final drive-by in an antique classic Chris-Craft on the St. Clair River, past my beloved statues of Chris Smith and Gar Wood.” He requested his final resting place to be with his parents and siblings who predeceased him and are buried there. He has indeed earned a long and peaceful rest, and may God bless him with that. Bless you Woody Boaters, too.
Warm thanks from my broken heart. You made me smile tonight. I’m grateful for that. Carol Jose Pocklington

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The ride past the home of Chris Craft and gar Wood is a wonderful thing to do, and is a wonderful moment during the big annual show.

Thanks Carol Jose we are grateful for sharing his thoughts and available to help in anyway we can!

7 replies
  1. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    I do not know the details, but we were told this week that Pete Beauregard will give Herb his last ride. It will be great to have Herb back with us.

  2. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    Sounds like it will be a wonderful tribute.

    Is this going to be a private event or is it going to take place during the Algonac Festival?

  3. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    I sure hope Herb felt our sense of the importance his contributions he made to this hobby and industry while he was with us. His efforts to get the statues erected in Algonac seem near heroic.

  4. Wilson
    Wilson says:

    Richly deserved tribute for a man who gave so much to boating and the Chris Craft group in particular.

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