In Memoriam: Shane Bishop
by Michael Luis
The Center for Wooden Boats lost a much-loved member of its family recently. Shane Bishop, Manager of CWB’s operations at Cama Beach, passed away very suddenly on March 23. A way-too-young 42 years old, Shane had become the heart and soul of the Cama Beach Boathouse, building a strong relationship with the State Park, assembling a stellar group of volunteers and staff, and turning around Cama’s financial performance.
He was also a guy impossible not to like. His position in the Camano Island community and the CWB family was evident by the huge turnout for a memorial in the Boathouse. 200 people came on a blustery day to remember Shane and to help name CWB’s newest boat, the pelicano safety boat, the “Shane B.”
Shane was at the center of CWB’s activities at Cama and it has been a challenge to keep things going in his absence. Fortunately, we have a sharp and dedicated group of volunteers and staff that has rallied to keep up the momentum that Shane established, and the Rangers in the park have stepped up as well. We had a very successful Spaghetti Social on April 11 and we are gearing up for the annual Mother’s Day Saturday Sail event on May 9.
Michael Snow and Jake Hawkins are keeping the lights on with the help of longtime volunteers, but have had to scale back operations a bit. Please call ahead to make sure things are open.
At the Spaghetti Social, longtime CWB friend Steve Osborn read a poem he wrote about Shane:
Sailor, “waterman” mountaineer, musician.
Hailed as a friend by all who knew him.
All will miss his “crabby” feasts!
Never complaining, even when his light grew dim,
Excellence in all, he saw as his mission.
Brethren of the coasts, East to West,
In memory lift your glass to him,
Sailing across the bar to the Isles of the Blessed!
He will be missed, but his dream lives on.
One child, with a new skill to brag upon,
Pays the Piper at the Gates of Dawn.
Shane left a real mark on CWB and Cama Beach State Park, and we will all be grateful for his hard work and friendship.