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Yachtsman John Knight Dead at 77

Jan. 30, 2007 – Longtime Virgin Islands resident John D. Knight died January 26 in Sarasota, Fl. He was 77.
Knight was born in Scunthorpe England on 31 May 1929. and came to Sarasota 12 years ago from Easton, Md. after living in the U.S. Virgin Islands for 23 years. He was an avid yachtsman and sailed over three oceans before settling in the Virgin Islands in 1963 turning his sailing interests towards yacht racing.
He was a past commodore of the St. John Yacht Club and a race committee chairman for the St. Thomas Yacht club as well as it’s vice commodore in 1974. He ran the first Rolex Cup Regatta which was sponsored by Little Switzerland. He owned the travel agency on St. John and an airline handling company on St. Thomas.
Not ready to retire when he moved to Sarasota he bought a printing business.
Knight is survived by his wife, of 47 years, Barbara; daughter Teresa; son-in-law Bob Stone; two grandsons, Trevor and Dylan all of Sarasota; and a sister Dorothy Unwin of Scunthorpe, England. There will be no services but a private gathering of friends and family to honor his life at a later date. Memorial Donations may be made in his honor to National Kidney Foundation, 1040 Woodcock Rd., Orlando, Fl 32803

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