LUDINGTON, Mich- The Senior Captain of the S.S. Badger has passed away.
Capt. Dean Hobbs died Thursday night at a hockey game. He was 59 years old.
His family released a statement on Friday about his passing, “We are deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of our dear husband and dad, Captain Dean Hobbs. He died on Thursday evening, November 21, while enjoying a game of hockey, one of his favorite pastimes. He knew the Great Lakes inside and out and took great pride in his job as a captain on the SS Badger and every ship he helmed. He was an exceptional friend, sailor, father and husband, and he loved his family, especially his three grandkids Walker Dean, Lucy and Nora. The Lakes and our lives will not be the same without him and we will miss him forever.”
According to his family, there will be a funeral for family and close friends sometime next week and arrangements will be made for a larger maritime memorial service at the beginning of 2014.