JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. and BREWER – William A. "Pete" Loftin Jr. passed away Sept. 4, 2011. Pete was born Aug. 15, 1923, in Goldsboro, N.C.
He worked for 13 years with Evinrude Motors division of Outboard Marine Corp., first as an assembly line supervisor and then as the southeast sales representative. In 1957, he opened his own boat and motor dealership, Outboard, Inc., which he and his wife owned and operated for 41 years. Boating and fishing were always a prominent part of his life, and he believed in giving back to the industry that he loved. He served as president of Jacksonville Marine Association, Marine Industries Association of Florida, of which he was a founding member and Marine Retailers Association of America, in each case for multiple terms. He was a founding member of the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament and served on its board of directors for most of its 30 plus years. He also helped organize Jacksonville Commodores League and Northeast Florida Marlin Association, and served on the boards of those organizations as well as the Jacksonville Offshore Sport Fishing Club. He played a major part in the writing of many of Florida’s current boating laws, and was appointed to Jacksonville Waterways Commission and Florida Boating Advisory Council. His efforts on behalf of boating and fishing earned him multiple honors at the local, state and national levels, including Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament’s Walt Murr Award for outstanding volunteer work. In 1992, he was the ninth person elected to the Marine Retailers Association of America Hall of Fame, and in 1997, he received its prestigious Irv Rosenthal Award for outstanding service to the boating industry. He received the Andy Anderson Award from the City of Jacksonville for outstanding service to recreational boating and was honored in 1992 as the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Leader of the Year. Pete’s Christian faith was central to his life. He served on the board of elders of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and was active in the Gideons ministry, both in Florida and at his summer home in Brewer, where he was a dedicated member of the Troop Greeters of Bangor.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Dorothy; his daughter, Laura and her fiance, Norman Spieler; his son, Jim and his daughter-in-law, Cyndy; and his grandsons, Steven and Daniel Loftin.
A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Jacksonville Beach, Fla. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Pete’s honor may be made to Gideons International, to the First United Methodist Church of Brewer or to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Please sign the guest book at