George Cuthbertson, founder of Cuthbertson & Cassian (C&C) Yachts and NMMA Canada Hall of Fame recipient in 2002, has passed away.

Cuthbertson became president of C&C Yachts at a time when it was the most recognised and successful production and custom boat builder in North America and the world, says NMMA Canada in a statement. Leaving the company in 1982, he reestablished himself as an independent yacht designer.

Cuthbertson dedicated his career to helping grow recreational boating. “His dedication to recreational boating and leadership over the years had a significant, positive impact on the marine industry,” reads the statement. “He was a world-class designer who established a design legacy that is still recognised to this day.”

The family has confirmed that the funeral will be a private affair, but they plan to have an event in the future to celebrate George’s life.