David Lowe dies; boatyard founder

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David H. Lowe III, a pioneer in the South Florida boat repair and storage business, was found dead the night of July 27 in the Intracoastal Waterway, not far from a dock behind his Port Salerno, Fla., residence. He was 82.

Lowe had last been seen by a house visitor around 3 p.m. on one of his three boats, the Palm Beach Post reports. When he didn’t come home for dinner, his family grew worried, according to the newspaper. Rescue divers found the body a few docks away from Lowe’s home. There were no signs of foul play, the paper reports.

Lowe had a heart valve replaced in February 2003, but the newspaper says he had been in good health since then. “He always had projects going,” his son, David H. Lowe IV, was quoted as saying. “He did not like the word ‘retired’.”

In 2001, the Post reports, Lowe sold David Lowe’s Boatyard, a 15.5-acre facility off the Manatee Pocket, to the Hinckley Co. He had operated the yard for 47 years.

Lowe is survived by his wife, Betty Wilkins Lowe, his son, daughter and brother.