Port Washington business leader and nautical expert Gould “Stretch” Ryder died Thursday.
A driving community force with the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce, Ryder was described as an amazing community leader, husband and father by friends and colleagues.
"So many of our projects and activities have been so successful due to his insight and working so hard to make them be as successful as they have become today," said Port Washington Chamber of Commerce Co-president Warren Schein.
Among his many contributions to the community, Ryder was chairman of the Nautical Center of the Port Washington Public Library and manager of the Capri Marina.
Most notably, Ryder was the winch grinder for Ted Turner aboard Courageous for the 1977 Americas Cup defense against Australia (One).
Ryder is survived by his wife Gerry, sons Michael and Christopher.
A special service will be held for Ryder on Friday, Nov. 1, from 2-5 p.m. at the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club in Port Washington, according to the COC.