Bruce R. Brakenhoff Sr.
80, a notable member of the American yachting industry, died on June 15 at his home in Jamestown.
Mr. Brakenhoff started his career more than 50 years ago with Orienta Marine in Mamaroneck, N.Y., and was a vice president of Northrop and Johnson. In 1967 he co-founded Bartram and Brakenhoff, a yacht brokerage firm, with his partner and friend Joe Bartram.
Mr. Brakenhoff grew up in Larchmont, N.Y., and moved to Jamestown in 1985. He was a former commodore of the Conanicut Yacht Club in Jamestown, a member of the Storm Trysail Club, and a former member of the Larchmont Yacht Club and the New York Yacht Club. He was also the ethics committee chairman for the Yacht Brokers Association of America for more than 20 years, and treasurer of the American Yacht Charter Association. He was a mainstay of the yachting industry and wrote and created some of the original charter contracts, regulations and practices that are still in use today.
He was well liked and respected in the yachting industry and his colleagues in the business say that he will be missed and impossible to replace.
Mr. Brakenhoff also served as the moderator of the First Baptist Church in Jamestown and was active on its board of trustees, serving several terms over the years.
Mr. Brakenhoff is survived by his wife of 60 years, Noel H. Brakenhoff, his son Bruce R. Brakenhoff Jr., and his daughter Betsy Brakenhoff Hickey; grandchildren Emily Brakenhoff, Grace Brakenhoff, Malia Hickey, Julia Orchard Merkel, Andrea Orchard, Dennis Orchard and Michael Orchard; and great-grandchildren John and James Merkel.
A memorial service will be held in July.