Robert (Rob) E. Wilson III, 73, of Beaufort, passed away on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at home surrounded by his wife and friends after a long illness.
A memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM on Sunday, September 8, 2019 at the Dock House (upstairs) in Beaufort.
A graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM on September 22, 2019 at Oak Grove Cemetery in Amagansett, NY.
He was born on March 19, 1946 to Helen Barker Schellinger and Robert E. Wilson Jr of East Hampton, NY. He graduated from East Hampton High School and attended Syracuse University. In high school he played football, basketball, golf and tennis and his yearbook states “Be good, and you will be lonesome”. He also went to Parsons College in Iowa where he competed in motor cross races on the weekends.
Upon his return to Long Island he purchased Vetault Florist, which he kept until the oil embargo in the 1970's. He then went into business with Blue Water Yacht Sales in Sag Harbor and his professional sailing career began. He got into boat racing; sailing in the Fastnet Force 10 on “Tenacious” owned by Ted Turner, and in the SORC racing circuit including, the Sydney Hobart race off the coast of Australia. He met his wife, Dorie, during the America's Cup races in Newport RI in 1983 while running the courtesy yacht for the British Syndicate.
His next stop was St. Thomas USVI, where he and Dorie ran charter sailing yachts all through the Caribbean until the late 1980s. They then began running private motor yachts from NE Harbor Maine to Key West, FL. In the early 1990s, they bought a house in Beaufort and settled into maritime work here. In 2007 he began the O' Danny Boy Golf Tournament which grew, with the help of Danny Stephens and friends of The Handle Bar, into the popular event it is today. The tournament raises money for the Broad Street Clinic, the Raab Clinic and local recipients who need help paying medical bills. Rob built model boats, including The Atlantic, The Pride of Baltimore and the Bowdoin to name a few.
He leaves his wife of 32 years, Dorothy (Dorie) Devnew Wilson; his fur children, Babe; Daisy May; Tiger Lily; cousins, Dave Schellinger; Judy Schellinger Hoff; and their children.
Memorial Donations may be made to Carteret County Humane Society PO Box 357 Newport, NC 28570
Broad Street Clinic Foundation 534 North 35th Street, Suite K Morehead City, NC 28557
Electronic condolences and life tributes may be sent to the family at www.noefs.org
Arrangements by Noe Funeral Service, Inc. of Beaufort, NC.