Eight Bells: Bill Larson
Published on May 22nd, 2018
William J. Larson, 75, of Newport, RI, died on May 12, 2018. He was born in Bellport, Long Island to Anders Peter and Florence Mary Dyer Larson, and was raised in New York City.
He graduated from the Trinity School in New York City. He attended Randolph Macon University and graduated from American University with a degree in foreign policy. He was perhaps proudest of his service in the US Army intelligence service, stationed in Berlin during the Cold War.
Bill was the principal of EXMAR, a manufacturer’s representative firm in the marine industry, for forty years. His clients depended on his extensive understanding of specialized products from anchors to engines and from high-tech rigging to commercial fishing gear. He knew the particulars of every boat yard and supplier through the Northeast U.S. and Canada.
He was an avid sailor and a member of the New York Yacht Club and the Storm Trysail Club. He served for several seasons as a volunteer coach with the Naval Academy offshore sailing team, instructing midshipmen on racing tactics, team work, and on-the-water leadership and sportsmanship. He maintained contact with many of them following their graduation and took pleasure in their achievements as commissioned officers.
Bill leaves behind his wife, MaryJo Carr, and his beloved daughter, Elisabeth Anne (Lisa) Larson. He is predeceased by his parents and his three brothers, Anders Peter, James and Allen. A quiet celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, May 27, 2018, for the family and close friends.