It is with sadness that we report Frederick Bush, a longtime member of Susquehanna Yacht Club, Fleet 253, passed away August 18. Fred learned to love the water and developed navigational and seamanship skills in the Coast Guard. While working in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and living in the Buzzards Bay town of Mattapoisett, he began sailing.
After moving to Lancaster he began crewing in Lightning Class sailboat races at the Susquehanna Yacht Club at Long Level and purchased his first Lightning in 1964. In 1992, shortly after retiring from the New Era, the family also purchased a 30-foot cruising sloop, which they kept on the Chesapeake Bay. Fred raced at the Susquehanna Yacht Club and in regattas on the Chesapeake Bay. He served as Commodore of the Dixie District, as well as at the SYC. For more than forty years, he taught Coast Guard-certified, introduction-to-sailing classes.
Fred and his wife Kay had four children: Carolynn, Nancy, William and Robert. Robert “Bob” and his wife Anne Sterling are also long-time Lightning members, now living in Wilsonville, Oregon, and sailing Lightnings with the Pacific Northwest District. Full obituary