Saturday, January 9, 2021

Eight Bells for Al Peterson

It's sad news about Al Peterson, ex-Kedge 37VT43, who died this week at the age of 93.  Al and Rie bought Kedge new in 1986, cruised her extensively, and just, reluctantly, sold her six months ago.  His was a life well lived.  Our condolences to Rie and their family.  The following was written by Al's longtime friend's at the St. Croix Marina.

We lost a treasure when Al Peterson passed away this week. Al had been in poor health of late, but what a great run he had, and what an interesting guy! Al and Rie have been at the marina longer than anyone and they were fixtures on B Dock for several decades. The green "Kedge" was one of the most unique boats in the marina and Al took that vessel on some amazing and adventurous journeys all over the country. He was active into his 90's as evidenced by this photo from August of 2019 when the marina staff took Al and Rie out on Kedge for a final cruise. It was so nice to see Al at the helm where he was truly in his element.

We just received the news today, and it wasn't quite the start to 2021 we all were hoping for. Al was one in a million and we will have more information on his life story available for those interested. We'll put together a file and forward it as requested. Also, there is nothing planned for a ceremony at this time.

We'll be praying for Rie in these most difficult times.