Every year on the first Sunday of May, the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial has a service to honor those who were lost at sea.
Yesterday, the Cornelia Marie family attended the service to honor Capt. Phil. I attended, along with my mother Cornelia and her husband Hugh. Josh was there, along with his grandfather Grant and good family friends Russ, Dave and Dan. The service was good and included a reading of the names and ringing the ship’s bell for each name.
After the service was over, we looked at the new addition of names added to this beautiful memorial. The photograph above is my mother, Cornelia Devlin touching Phil’s name. They were friends and business partners for nearly 20 years.
I also want to notice Capt. Robert Royer, the skipper of the F/V Northern Belle which sank April 20, 2010. Capt. Royer and I share a good mutual friend in Gino D’Cafango.
I appreciate the work of the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial Board, including Janet Little and Brooke Strommen. Also, on the board and in attendance yesterday was Capt. Keith Colburn from the FV Wizard.
The board is dedicated to promoting safety in the fishing fleets and easing the burden of the families and friends of fishermen/women who have lost their lives at sea. If you would like to learn more, please visit seattlefishermensmemorial.org. If you would like to make a contribution to the Board’s ongoing efforts, please contact them through the website or call 206-782-6577.