Eight Bells: Joe Bartram, Jr.
Published on January 1st, 2014
Legendary yacht broker J. Burr (Joe) Bartram, Jr. passed away peacefully at his home in Ft. Lauderdale on December 24. He was 79 years old.
Joe was an active member of the New York Yacht Club, the Indian Harbor Yacht Club, and the Storm Trysail Club, as well as being a founder of NYYC’s Harbor Court. Over the years, he served on many NYYC committees including the race committees, house committees and membership committees.
He was active in several America’s Cup syndicates and was co-manager of the Courageous syndicate which successfully defended the cup in 1974.
In addition to having orchestrated some of the biggest deals in the industry at the time, the impact, influence and friendships that Joe had among many of the superyacht’s finest captains, brokers and crew was unmatched. His guidance and mentorship will last for generations; and without question, the industry that Joe loved so much will forever benefit from his leadership, passion and integrity.
Joe is survived by his wife Barbara, his sister Nina Griswold and numerous nieces, and nephews, and hundreds of friends.
He will be missed. – Bruce Brakenhoff, Jr., president of Perini Navi USA
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Carpenters Boat Shop, 440 Old County Road, Pemaquid, ME 04558, to the attention of Robert Ives. Donations may also be sent to Lahey Clinic (http://www.lahey.org/), 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805. Memorial services will be held in both Ft. Lauderdale (Jan. 28) and Greenwich, Conn (tba).