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Woodhouse, John T. (Tim), IV Tim, as all knew him, passed away suddenly on September 1, 2015, after a long, courageous struggle with acute myelogenous leukemia. Born April 10, 1953, he is survived by his wife Kim, his mother Dorothy Nelson (John), father John Woodhouse (Peggy), sister Kathleen O'Connell (Terry), brother Brian (Marie), nephew Maxim Woodhouse, and niece Lauren Woodhouse. Tim grew up in Grosse Pointe, Michigan and graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1971. The driving force of his life was sailing, both on water and ice. He was a renowned, legendary, champion sailor and sailmaker. He was a member of the Grosse Pointe High School and Country Club of Detroit swim teams, where he set many records, before dedicating most of his efforts to sailing. Tim was a formidable ice boater winning the DN Iceboat North American Championship for the first time on Lake St. Clair at the age of 16. From 1969-71, he was the highest scoring junior in the DN North Americans. He won the DN World Championship in Zergrze, Poland in 1974. Tim and Kim were married in 1979 and enjoyed traveling, sailing and making incredible friendships with people all around the world. His love for Kim was indescribable and he cherished the life they shared together with their pets, most recently with their Vizsla, "Rika". On the water, Tim was a fierce competitor. He raced on winning boats with his customers, friends, and on his own favorite, Rumours. Races won included the New York Yacht Club Race Week, Canada's Cup, Block Island Race Week, and his favorite, the Mackinac Races, along with many more. He was a member of Bayview Yacht Club, International DN Ice Yacht Race Association, Grosse Pointe Club, New York Yacht Club, and the Ida Lewis Yacht Club (Newport, RI). Tim started his business career at Boston Sails in 1972. In 1979, he opened Sails by Watts Great Lakes and finally in 1979, joined Hood Sailmakers. Tim and Kim moved to Marblehead, MA to work with the Hood enterprise and in 1987, as president and owner of Hood Sailmakers International, he relocated the company to Middletown, RI. Tim and Kim resided in Newport, RI until 2015, when he moved back to Grosse Pointe following his long illness. Tim was an avid hunter, skier and took great pleasure in riding his Ducati motorcycles. He leaves a multitude of friends acquired during his very active and colorful life. We will miss him! Visitation with the Woodhouse family will be held on Friday, September 11 from 5:00 -7:00pm at Christ Church Grosse Pointe (Miller Hall), 61 Grosse Pointe Blvd, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 12 at 11:00am at Christ Church Grosse Pointe. In lieu of flowers, donations in Tim's name can be made to the , the Bayview Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program, or the Ida Lewis Junior Sailing Program (Newport, RI). A Celebration of Life will be held in Newport, Rhode Island at a later date.
Published in The Boston Globe on Sept. 5, 2015
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