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Ratsey, Colin E.

Colin E. Ratsey U.S. Navy WWII
Colin E. Ratsey U.S. Navy WWII

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Date of Birth: 4/17/1926
Died On: 4/27/2002 Last Residence: 32960 Vero Beach, Indian River, Florida
Street Address: Home in 1940: Scarsdale
Service Number: 7125769
Branch of Service: U.S. Navy - Pasadena CL-65, 8 Jun 1944

Veteran Code: USN-219

When Colin Ernest Ratsey was born on April 17, 1926, in New Rochelle, New York, his father, Ernest, was 24 and his mother, Martha, was 22. He married Carol Ann Campbell and they had four children together. He then married Nancy Hoyt Oakes on October 25, 1975, in Greenwich, Connecticut. He died on April 27, 2002, in Vero Beach, Florida, at the age of 76. The census records show his families Home in 1940: Scarsdale. Colin enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Colin Ernest Ratsey


Colin Ernest Ratsey, one of the most prominent yachtsmen of his generation, died in Vero Beach, Florida, after a brief illness. He was 76.

Mr. Ratsey, who was born in New Rochelle in 1926, was the first American-born member of his family to serve as president of the venerable Ratsey & Lapthorn Sailmakers. The firm, whose sails adorned Lord Nelson's fleet at Trafalgar as well as numerous Americas Cup contenders, was founded in England in 1690. Mr. Ratsey was the sixth generation of his family to work at the company loft.

In addition running to the traditional family business, Mr. Ratsey was an acclaimed competitor. Among his achievements were winning the prestigious Bermuda Race, completing numerous Trans-Atlantic races and serving as a crew member when the 12-meter Columbia successfully defended the Americas Cup in 1958. Mr. Ratsey also served as Commodore of the American Yacht Club and was a member of the New York Yacht Club and Storm Trisail Club.

Mr. Ratsey is survived by his children, Scott Ratsey of Vero Beach, Florida, Cynthia Ratsey Young of Rye, New York, Colin David Ratsey and Jane Ratsey Williams of Greenport, New York and 8 grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Joan Ratsey Darling, of Weston, Vermont.

Published in The Journal News on May 7, 2002.
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