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lhg posted 04-16-2002 07:22 PM ET (US)   Profile for lhg  
Just heard that he passed away from cancer at the age of 55. Many may not know that he was a great fan of Boston Whalers, and owned several, including a 25 Outrage. I only know this because he was featured in some BW promotions and advertizing in the newletters.

55 years is not enough for Whalering!

jimp posted 04-16-2002 09:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimp  Send Email to jimp     
Really too bad. As lhg says, he owned a number of Whalers over the years. Whaler News carried something on him in the late '80s or early '90s, said he owned 13, 14, 15, 16(?). Not sure, but a lot.
hardensheetmetal posted 04-16-2002 11:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for hardensheetmetal  Send Email to hardensheetmetal     
I seem to remeber at least one episode of 'Spencer For Hire' that featured a whaler. I beleive one was a Temptation. It is unfortunate, he seemed more down to earth than other actors.


KeysNole posted 04-17-2002 12:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for KeysNole  Send Email to KeysNole     
Don't forget where he attended his university either!
rsgwynn1 posted 04-17-2002 01:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for rsgwynn1  Send Email to rsgwynn1     
I recall the news stories when Urich was first diagnosed, and I liked his attitude. I suspect that's what Burt Reynolds (fellow FSU football player) saw in him years before to make him give Urich his first break as an actor. Let's all throw something to the sea in his memory.
dfmcintyre posted 04-17-2002 08:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     

I do remember him alongside a 25 Temptation.

Hopefully, he's discussing some design features with Dick Fisher.....


Draftmanswife posted 04-17-2002 10:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
It almost like we have lost a family member.....I know what we can throw into the sea, our boats, and have a day of rememberance. May God bless his soul.
Contender25 posted 04-17-2002 11:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for Contender25  Send Email to Contender25     
Mr. Urich was a fine man. I had the honor of fishing alongside him many years ago at a Boston Whaler fishing tournament on Martha's Vineyard.

He was a down to earth gentleman who really apreciated the ocean, fishing, and of course Boston Whalers.

I remember a touching story from when he was first diagnosed. It had to do with the chemotherapy treatment and his unfortunate loss of hair. His son, decided to shave his head as well in support of his father. The things people do in support of loved ones/ friends can be very touching. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

Bigshot posted 04-17-2002 02:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
I knew him personally...kind of!

My sister worked for Nation Geographic and was Bob Ballards assistant. WHen Bob left to find the Titanic, Bob took over as their host. My sister made many episodes over a few years with him and always commented on his nice personality. I met him once at a Nat Geo function. I also have a pair of his Timberland boots, a wetsuit and flippers. When they did a shoot my sister would try and find stores to doante props such as wetsuits, shoes, clothing etc. Bob was big man about 6'3" and 220 or so. When they received props the companies would send 2 or 3 different sizes to make sure. Me being 6' 200, I got the items that were a bit "snug" on him:)

He was a great guy and humanitarian and will be greatly missed. A moment of silence.

Done Fudgin posted 04-22-2002 09:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Done Fudgin  Send Email to Done Fudgin     
While shooting Spencer For Hire they filmed an episode titled,"Widows Walk" about a commercial fishing family fued here in Gloucester,Ma. When shooting a scene across the street from my sisters house he stopped by for coffee.He saw a photo of me in my 1970 13' Whaler when I was a young teen. He asked my sister about the boat and just like that he came knocking at the door! He couldn't believe I still had it and had to see it.He mention he had one just like it many years ago. He just wished he had the bow railings that my boat has. Very,very nice man. Talking about the old Whaler days made me feel like we knew each other all along. He got a kick when I taught him a little "Glosta" accent..... Bob, say: Bostin Wail-Ahhh !!!

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