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Noj Henderson “on watch” on his boat, Ardea, on passage to Rapa Nui.
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Eight Bells Edward William “Ned” Flohr II
I find that the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it— but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
“Ned rarely lay at anchor, he taught us how to care for and engage others to make the world a better place.”
— Jeanne Flohr, Ned’s daughter Dear 48° North Community,
Ned Flohr passed away September 1, 2017. He was my mentor, my skipper, my friend. Years ago, he invited me to sail on his Barnett 47, Tin Man. With the exception of his daughter, Jeanne, I would usually be the only female on board and endured the saltiest of talk. He loved life, sailing, and telling the raunchiest jokes. He made me laugh the entire time.
He lived life to an extraordinary degree - they broke the mold after him. He was astoundingly generous of his time, money, and efforts. I did the Oregon Offshore on Tin Man and it was incredible. Ned and I took the night shift and it was so quiet, so peaceful on the ocean. He pointed out the stars as we tried to find the other mast lights. The next night, as I was going off shift, Ned called me back up, he was so excited... the full moon was just coming up. It looked so large out on the ocean. Ned loved helping others in any way that he could. He was inclusive of everybody.
Ned lived life on his own terms, and derived enormous satisfaction from community involvement.
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