Farewell Dick Morland
The Commander Club has truly lost one of the greatest that lived in our world of boating. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dick “Pappy” Morland this morning, December 7, 2019. One of the original founding members of the club, Dick will always be remembered for so many contributions to the club and its members worldwide. Whether it was coming out to a member’s boat, in the dead of winter, to work on a project or on a Sunday morning early to save a weekend for his friends, Dick was always willing to assist with an issue, never taking any money. Sometimes he was just simply on the other end of the phone line giving advice. There was never a time he didn’t make himself available for his friends. You just cannot put enough words together to accurately describe the talent, knowledge, and ability this man had. Today? We know he’s in a better place, sipping that God Awful thing he called a Bombay Sapphire Martini, rolling his eyes at this post and saying “Get on with it”. That’s just Dick.
Thank you, Dick, for touching the lives of so many of us – We will miss you.
Plans are for a celebration of life at a later date to be scheduled. Cards may be sent to his wife and soulmate of 57 years Patty Morland, 1284 Pappas Ct., Elgin, IL 60123
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Dick's Contributions to the Chris-Craft Commander Club and it's members include, but are not limited to, the following:
> Commander Models Owned: 1969 38', 1970 47'
> Serving the Club in a Leadership position: 1999 - 2005, 2011-2015
> Positions Held : Archivist, Founding Member, Chief Commander
> A SuperDisc top 10 poster list member for 16 years and the top poster for 3 of those years.
> Hosted 2005 Michigan City, IN rendezvous.
> Recipient of the Hall of Fame Award in 2008
> Creator of the Cap Modification Kit