Crossing The Bar: Curt Whiticar,
A Huge Influence In Stuart Sailfish Club’s Formative Years
By Ed Killer of TCPalm.com for the Stuart Sailfish Club
(Editor’s note: This story originally ran March 9, 2017 in the Stuart News)
Over the course of a life spanning more than a century, Curt Whiticar earned quite the reputation. Chief among them, according to his son, John, was a knack for being very good at many things — many of which are not necessarily easy to be very good at.
Whiticar, patriarch of the Stuart family best known for building a line of classic sport fishing boats with roots extending back to the 1920s, died March 7 as a result of prolonged congestive heart failure and kidney issues. He was 106.
“Through his life, he touched so many people’s lives,” remember John Whiticar, 67, of Jensen Beach. “He was one for getting things done. And he was so proficient at whatever he would set about to accomplish.”
John Whiticar uses words like “proficient” and “accomplished” when speaking of his dad.
“He was accomplished at painting boat signs,” he said. “Then, he was accomplished at fishing. He was an accomplished boat builder.
He was an accomplished golfer. He was an accomplished artist.”
John Whiticar, and his sisters, Laura Kay Darvill of Stuart, and Joanne Talley of Hobe Sound, and their children and grandchildren, will miss their dad. They will miss his incredible knowledge of so many subjects and his meticulous attention to detail. They will cherish memories of vacations to Sanibel Island, the Keys, North Carolina, or back to their father’s birthplace of Fairton, New Jersey. John Whiticar remembers summer afternoons fondly with his dad and family on the sand bar inside St. Lucie Inlet when the water was much more full of marine life than it is now.