Cameron Rodney O'Connor, age 87, peacefully passed away Thursday, April 16, 2020. Rodney, as he was known, was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on October 14, 1932. He was the loving son of the late Cameron Fanning O'Connor and Rosamond Moore O'Connor. Rodney was preceded in death by his brother, Robert O'Connor, and sisters Lois Hopkins, Jean Fitzpatrick and Mary Lou Donahay. He is survived by his sister Rosamond Fisher, daughters Robin Arkin (Andrew J. Arkin) and Pamela F. O'Connor, four grandchildren, Cameron M. Arkin, Alexander J. Arkin, Maxwell A. Arkin, Morgan P.C. O'Connor and former wife Ruth Orthwein. Rodney will be remembered for his passion for life, boundless energy and ardent sportsmanship. He was an accomplished sailor and skillful not only in navigating the waters, but also the world of finance and friendships. We will miss his infectious smile, boisterous laugh and enthusiastic dancing. Rodney attended Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island, Wesleyan University (BA) in Middletown, CT and Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (MBA) Philadelphia, PA and was a member of the Psi Upsilon fraternity. Rodney's professional journey started at Kidder Peabody in Philadelphia before taking on the Big Apple at Bear Stearns and later establishing his own firm Cameron Associates, Inc. where he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He was a financial supporter to his lifelong friend Edmund Mauro's charity, Button Hole, in Providence, Rhode Island. An avid golfer, he was a longtime member of Pine Valley Golf Club, Shinnecock Golf Club, Palmetto Golf Club and Founding Member of Sage Valley Golf Club. He was also a member of Aiken Tennis Club, Racquet and Tennis Club of New York and the University Club of New York. "Rodney the man. The myth. The legend. Men wanted to be him and women wanted to be with him."   An avid sailor, a life member of Savin Hill Yacht Club, and trusted treasurer of the Pelagic Sailing Club, Bill or “Gippy” as he was known to his grandchildren was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He is remembered for his passion for being on the water and was admired for his great sailing skill and knowledge. His love for sailing was only surpassed by his love for his family.

June “Irish” Gallagher


A bright shining light to all who knew her, Irish Gallagher was a devoted daughter and loving sister to 8 siblings. She was a beloved wife to her husband of nearly 60 years and an adored mother and “PR Chief” to her 6 children.

Irish was also a fighter! Always cheerful and optimistic, she bravely battled Multiple Myeloma for 16 years (!) and was expertly cared for by many medical professionals and caring nursing assistants over many years – all of whom she drew into her family circle. Irish and her care team were also the original “VIP patient/caregivers” who inspired the idea of Sailing Heals. Mom loved the mission of Sailing Heals so much. She followed most of our sails virtually and never tired of hearing about the stories or sharing photos with her friends in Nebraska. We were delighted mom was able to attend a few sails in person, where she enjoyed meeting many other brave cancer fighters and loving caregivers. May you rest in peace and pain-free, with your heavenly family, beautiful lady!  
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Omaha World Herald's Dedication to Irish Meet Cantrece Taylor: Irish's dear friend, fantastic caregiver & recent cancer survivor!   Dale was a lifelong sailor and owned many sailboats over the years, most of them named Euphoneous Whale after a Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks song. He took on eager crew members from the greater Cape Ann, Mass. community, making lasting friendships with sailing as a purposeful common denominator, and was a longtime member of the Manchester Harbor Boat Club. “The winds of opportunity are always flowing; raise your sails!”  

June 1, 1934 – June 19, 2019

Motto: “Just keep swimming.” John McGuinn was born in West Hartford Connecticut, graduated from the Kingswood-Oxford School and Holy Cross College in Worcester Massachusetts. After attending Georgetown University Law Center he practiced employment relations law in Washington D.C. for forty years. John met Rosanne Kling on a blind date for the Fourth of July celebrations in 1962. After fireworks and dinner they decided to get married that same night! Married in 1963, they had four children: Greg McGuinn of Alexandria VA, Jenifer Demko of West Newton MA, Jeremy McGuinn of Cary NC, and Laura McCarthy of North Reading, MA. They had six grandchildren. After his retirement, John and Rosanne moved from Washington to Nantucket in 1998 where they enjoyed island life and traveling. John’s beloved wife Rosanne died on New Year’s Eve in 2015 after living with breast cancer since 2000 and battling a bout of esphogeal cancer. John and Roseanne both greatly enjoyed their healing sails in Nantucket Harbor, courtesy of Sailing Heals. John and Rosanne were Eucharistic ministers at Saint Mary Church and members of the Wharf Rat club on Nantucket. John was also a member of the Rotary Club of Nantucket.

Sailing Heals gratefully thanks John’s daughter Laura McCarthy and her husband Kevin for their generous donation in John and Roseanne’s memory, and also for their dedicated volunteerism, offering video services through their company Hot Pineapple Productions, over many years.


Dr. Charles Kite born in Montreal, Canada (1949) had a life long love of the water that began on Saratoga Lake in NY, when his father took him sailing in his 16' Rebel. Later he would further his love through his parent's summer homes on the shore of Chesapeake Bay and then Chatham, MA, where he sailed everything from a Sunfish to a 33' Swiftsure (named of the America's Cup winner in 1962). He was always at peace when sailing, despite what the conditions may have been. His love of sailing has been passed on to his children and grandchildren. Sailing heals is a great organization that provides this peaceful enjoyment to people go through tumultuous times.

 Jean lived a variable and enjoyable life raising four children, volunteering in her community, traveling the world, plus a 22 year working career.