On Behalf of the Executive Committee 

The Commander Club has truly lost one of the greatest that lived in our world of boating. It is with great sadness that I 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 and 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.

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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

Dick Morland

  • Commander Model: 1969 38', 1970 47'
  • Serving the Club in a Leadership position: 1999 - 2005, 2011-2015
  • 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.

More on Dick:  Click to go to Dick's My Page,  Hall of Fame 2008Cap Modification Kit

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What a tremendous loss.

Dick was the first guy associated with the Club I talked to before buying our 35. I still have the two legal pages of notes I took from our conversation about what to look for. We had an issue where the surveyor almost refused to do the sea trial due to a lack of understanding of the “Paragon rattle.” She thought it was falling apart. I called Dick in a near panic - my deal was about to fall through for no reason! Dick just calmly replied, “maybe you should ask her to go survey the dock!”

He was always so patient, knowledgeable, and available. If Patty was about to put on dinner, the conversation might be short, but if the Bombay was flowing, it could be a little long. But regardless, he was a true friend and asset. His passing is a blessing for the long struggle he had toward the end, but a true loss to this Club, the heritage of these boats, and his friends.

So sad to hear this. Dick was a wealth of knowledge and always willing to share.

And, he would reach out to help keep a club member from making a potential mistake. 

My sympathies to his family and close friends. I only spoke to him on the phone once, but I knew he was a class act from the time I joined the Club.

The club suffered a tremendous lost as we say good bye.  Calm seas Dick.  RIP   May God's loving hand reach out to his wife Patty, family and many friends and help comfort all of us while we struggle to say good bye. .  

Brian Stone 

I am wiping away tears as I remember a friend and one of the greatest mechanical minds I know. Thank you Patty for sharing Dick with us. I will miss him dearly. 

Sad day! I never had the privilege of meeting Dick. Lee’s post says it all! I loved reading all Dick’s posts, his knowledge was incredible. I had to write and tell everyone, how Dick “saved the day” for a planned trip with my kids and their husbands. I had a distributor on my 427 fail. It needed to be rebuilt or replaced, could not source a new distributor in time for the weekend. Dick replied, to advise he had a new distributor, ready to send. He shipped it immediately, at a very fair price. It arrived on Thursday, installed Thursday nite. Left for our weekend cruise with the kids on Friday. He did not get my check until we returned. Spoke to him once, to thank him for his help and generosity.

I watched all the posts, regarding the of the 47 Commander he bought. I was thrilled to learn he was the new owner!

My heartfelt condolences to his family and all his friends who knew him! 

I think it would be fitting to dedicate the next issue of Styled in Fiberglass to Dick. Instead of the “what’s in a name” , members could send in a story on on Dick Moreland “saved the day”. 

Joe Marino

I called Dick months ago with a Paragon question. I emailed him a few photos and he took the time to explain and walk me through a few issues. We spoke for almost an hour cause i told him he didnt have to spend all his time typing away on the keyboard the way he always did. His patience and wealth of information will be missed but each of us will have a little bit of him with us each time we turn the key on our commanders.

A very sad day for this group and my thoughts are with Patty after this considerable loss.

I consider myself lucky as I was able to briefly meet Dick in person back in the fall of 2001 as I was passing through Michigan City.  Beyond being a nice guy, Dick was one of the best technical minds and a true Chris-Craft nut.

Joe, I love your idea about an article " How Dick Morland Saved the Day"!  Folks can add their stories here and  I will be happy to compile them. We will also put out a call for stories. Thanks for the suggestion!

Joe Marino said:

Sad day! I never had the privilege of meeting Dick. Lee’s post says it all! I loved reading all Dick’s posts, his knowledge was incredible. I had to write and tell everyone, how Dick “saved the day” for a planned trip with my kids and their husbands. I had a distributor on my 427 fail. It needed to be rebuilt or replaced, could not source a new distributor in time for the weekend. Dick replied, to advise he had a new distributor, ready to send. He shipped it immediately, at a very fair price. It arrived on Thursday, installed Thursday nite. Left for our weekend cruise with the kids on Friday. He did not get my check until we returned. Spoke to him once, to thank him for his help and generosity.

I watched all the posts, regarding the of the 47 Commander he bought. I was thrilled to learn he was the new owner!

My heartfelt condolences to his family and all his friends who knew him! 

I think it would be fitting to dedicate the next issue of Styled in Fiberglass to Dick. Instead of the “what’s in a name” , members could send in a story on on Dick Moreland “saved the day”. 

Joe Marino

I never met Dick in person but a few months ago I was having some problems with my 51 year old boat and posted a question on this site. Dick called me that evening (first time I ever spoke with him) and he went over details of what to look for and other suggestions to make the needed repairs. He was very thorough and super helpful. I felt like I was talking with an old friend, be it, a very knowledgeable old friend.  

He will certainly be missed. It is awesome that he shared his knowledge to make the CCC life better for us all.

I never had the pleasure of meeting Dick in person but many times since I became a Commander owner he gave me information,, advice and counsel. A wealth of knowledge is an understatement but he guidance and friendship will be sorely missed. Prayers to his family and the hope that a life so well lived will enjoy fair skies and following seas until we all meet again. RIP. Thank you Lee for your kind and spot on words about this true Commander legend. 

I just found out from Dave DiSesa that Dick passed.

DITTO to all the good comments and memories for Dick.  He was one of a kind and will be sorely missed but not forgotten by me and many others.  My wife Lynne and I had the pleasure of enjoying Dick and Patti's company over many Dinners when they would winter in Florida.  His very last visit to Florida ended with a Dinner at our house and a road trip back to Illinois.  On that trip he contracted Legionnaire's Disease and almost didn't make it back home where he was promptly hospitalized.  I don't think his health was ever the same after that.  One Summer. after missing their Winter visits,  I motorcycled to their home in Elgin where Patti treated me to the most delicious marinated Cucumber Salad.  It was a great complement to Dick's cheese infused Hamburgers.   And,  after many Beer's she was gracious enough to mail me the recipe which unfortunately she later on lost herself.  I then sent her own recipe back!

Dick and I worked together on the "Crab Cap" problem associated with the older Mallory IBM type ignition systems.  I converted a Chrysler Cap which took some effort and I wanted to monetize it.  Dick would have none of that.  Instead he found a workable substitute with a Sierra Prestolite cap and offered it to the Club at cost.  His solution was more elegant and egalitarian then mine.

RIP Dick..............

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