Sailing Industry Icon Passes Away William "Bill" Mosher - 1948 - 2015

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Milwaukee, WI - Longtime sailing industry professional, William Mosher, unexpectedly passed away July 3rd due to complications from sleep apnea. A passionate boater, Bill became a beloved figure within the marine industry during his lifetime. He held several high-profile positions within the industry and became a true icon through his dedication and generosity to the people and sport he loved.


His lifelong career in the marine industry began in 1979 when he became the first Executive Director of the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center. A fledgling community outreach project at the time, Bill helped turn it into a model community program that is nationally recognized for creating unique sailing programs and fundraisers that benefit youth, physically challenged, and financially disadvantaged sailors. After he left this day-to-day position in 1985, he continued to dedicate his time to MCSC by serving on the Board of Directors, including a term as President.

From 1987 to 1995, Bill became well known throughout the marine industry as National Sales Director for Harken. During his time with them, he serviced the sales needs of their distribution network as well and helped introduce numerous product innovations to the market. In 1995, Bill became the Midwest Wholesale/Store Manager for Boat US in Milwaukee. Bill joined Forespar as Sales & Marketing Director in 2000 to oversee their nationwide sales force of independent reps and to coordinate all advertising, media, promotions and shows. He also served as a Board of Director member for Sail America from 2008 to 2010.

During his time in the marine industry, Bill became well known for his extensive network of friends and contacts. According to Forespar President, Scott Foresman, "Bill's extensive experience and knowledge of the marine market will be truly missed. He was an integral part of the Forespar team and a true friend to us all. It's often said that the man with the most friends wins. If that is the case, Bill was truly a winner."

Bill is survived by his partner, Patty Matheson, his children Morgan (Megan) and Brandy Mosher and Patty’s children, Andrea (Ryan) Benson, Jena (Jesse) Rutherford and Susie. Proud grandpa of Katelyn, Rory and Kiera Mosher. Dear brother of Val (Bob) Kluver and Mary Owens. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Albertin Mosher.

Visitation and Service - A visitation will be held on Saturday, July 11 from 10am – 12:00pm, followed by a funeral mass at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, 800 Marquette Avenue, South Milwaukee.

Memorial Service - A Sailor’s Memorial Service will take place at MCSC on Sunday, August 2nd, followed by a boat flotilla sail.

Donations in Bill's Honor - In honor of Bill, donations may be made to the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center, an approved not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 agency. Donations can be sent to Forespar at Bill Mosher Memorial, c/o Forespar, 22322 Gilberto, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688 or made online at

Cards - Cards can be sent to Patty Matheson at 507 College Ave, South Milwaukee, WI 53172, or emailed to



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