He passed away in his sleep on July 24th, 4 days after finishing the 2019 TransPac race. He was a fixture in the Long Beach sailing community, a member of Alamitos Bay Yacht Club and will be truly missed.
Cover Photo: Steve Jost Photography
October 1, 2016
From US Sailing:
Legendary racer and sailing advocate, John B. “Jim” Kilroy (May 1, 1922 – September 29, 2016), passed away Thursday night at the age of 94.
Mr. Kilroy had an impeccable life in sailing and in business. US Sailing had the opportunity to work closely with Mr. Kilroy over the past several years in developing the Reach Initiative, a STEM education program designed to engage youth in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math through sailing. He always believed that sailing is a positive activity for everyone.
“Mr. Kilroy’s vision and support of the Reach Initiative created a pathway to sailing for thousands of youth around the country,” said Jack Gierhart, Executive Director of US Sailing. “He was a true mentor and visionary and will be greatly missed.”
Sail-World has a nice write up HERE.