Harry Robert Sindle
1929 - 2020
Hogg Funeral Home & Crematory
3098 George Washington Memorial Highway
Gloucester Point, VA
Harry Robert Sindle passed as dawn broke on Wilson Creek off the Ware River, in Gloucester, VA, April 24, 2020. It was the day before his 67th wedding anniversary to his wife Janet. He was surrounded by his family in his last 12 hours, and passed with his wife and daughter by his side. He was 90 years old. Born Oct 14, 1929 in Little Falls, NJ to Harold Lyman Sindle and Ruth Post Sindle, he began to sail at the age of 10, learning alongside his dad on the Jersey Shore. In the 1950's and 60's he was a nationally known sailor, winning major titles in the Lightning, Thistle, Comet, Flying Dutchman, and others. In the Flying Dutchman class he was the United States gold-medal winner in the Pan American Games (1959) and was on the 1960 US Olympic Sailing Team in Rome. In 1963, wanting to move his growing family to a country setting, he left a small sailboat manufacturing company he co-owned (Siddons and Sindle) in Tom's River, NJ to come to Gloucester, VA to work as a sales rep for local sailing legend and designer of the Mobjack, Roger Moorman. The family originally lived on Ware Point, in Gloucester. The company moved to the old skating rink on Rt 17 in White Marsh, was purchased by Browning Arms, and named Newport Boats. He was made manager of that company and for a while helped manage both the Gloucester and California plants. Throughout the ups and downs and company name changes in the sailing business, he continued to design and manufacture small sailboats, culminating with managing Gloucester Yachts in a plant he built in Ware Neck, (Gloucester) until it was sold in 1986. Some of the designs he is known for are the Newport models named Holiday, Blue Crab, Flipper, Skipjack, Kite, N17, and Surprise. He also designed the Lockley/Newport (later named Gloucester) 19, 20, 23, 27. Other boats that he produced included the fiberglass version of the Hampton One Design, Albacore, Lightning, and the Chrysler (later named Gloucester), Buccaneer and Mutineer. He was Virginia's first Laser sailboat dealer. Harry is an Alumni of Rutgers University (Mechanical Engineering) and a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He served in the US Army during the Korean War. He was one of the founding members of the Ware River Yacht Club and served a couple of terms as Commodore. For many years he was a guest racing expert for Steve Colgate's Offshore sailing schools, in Florida and Puerto Rico. He also worked as a representative of New York Life. Harry is predeceased by his parents and son Richard. He is survived by his sister Gwen Mirrielees (Tampa, FL), his wife Janet, three children, Brad, Robert (Nancy), Susan, ten grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. For the last 9 years, he was bedridden with Parkinson's. His wishes to remain in their home on Wilson Creek were honored by his family and made possible by his wife as main caregiver. It is impossible to list everyone the family would like to thank, but we feel a special thank you needs to be given to Dr. Peter Zullo, Joan Hooper (deceased), and Cindy Laughinghouse. A memorial will be held sometime after Covid 19 at the Ware River Yacht Club. Today, surely he is spending "Another Day In Paradise." The family requests that any gifts in memoriam be made to the Gloucester Volunteer Rescue Squad, PO Box 1417, Gloucester, VA 23061or the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society, PO Box 385, Gloucester, VA 23061. Services under the direction of Hogg Funeral Home.
Published by Daily Press on Apr. 28, 2020.
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Sailed w and against ! Ware river, Italy, California in Dutchman and assorted! he was consumate competitor and always a gentleman!
May 27, 2020
Harry was a good friend, a mentor, and an associate. From my earlier yrs as a Lightning sailor, my Dad subscribed to Harry's articles on sailing, and his amazing record. In the early 80's, as a recruiter and manager for New York Life, I was totally shocked when Harry showed up at my office in Richmond, inquiring about employment opportunities. I was speechless, having this living sailing legend before me. Harry and I made a pact that if he would continue as my sailing mentor, that I would mentor him in a career in financial services. Our friendship and bond went on for yrs. I can recall Christmas parties at his home in Gloucester, and his 60th birthday party, while he visited me at my weekend home in Norfolk on Willoughby Bay. I can also remember the hours we spent in his study as he shared sailing stories with me in a room loaded with trophies and accolades. I lost contact with Harry when I retired and moved to Florida in 2008, but was thinking about him just the other day. My prayers and thoughts go out to you, Janet and family, and can only say I felt honored to have known Harry, as an associate, friend, and mentor. My only regret is that my Dad, who passed in 1973, was not able to have met Harry. Knowing Harry was without doubt, one of my greatest adventures, in life. He even allowed me and family to use the Nassau for a summer cruise on the Chesapeake. I will never forget him, and treasure the time we had together.
Geoff Beitner
May 1, 2020
Our sympathy goes out to the whole Sindle family. Harry was quite a man! I spent countless hours sailing the bay in his small "blue crab" sailboat and his "Gloucester 19" (bought in Ware Neck)...I even bought a "Gloucester 16" (power boat)...all great designs!! Wow , what a sailing legacy. You were awesome Harry! Brad...I'll see you out on the water and, you and Ashley keep on playing that music! It really is food for the soul!

John and Dianne Stringer , Ware Neck
April 30, 2020
My deepest sympathy to the Sindle family. May God comfort you during these trying times.
Stephanie Saunders
April 29, 2020
I offer my condolences to Janet and the Sindle family for their loss. I met Harry and Janet back in the '60s when I began sailing an FD. They became good friends through our sailing adventures, particularly on the York and Ware Rivers. They were always a gracious and fun couple. Very supportive of all of the Yacht Haven and then later, the Ware River Yacht Club communities. What fond memories I have of friendships and adventures that began over 50 years ago.
April 28, 2020
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