In Memoriam: Shane Bishop

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.

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  1. Marty Bishop Arellano says:

    September 26, 2015

    Dear Center for Wooden Boats,

    On March 22, 2015, quite suddenly and unexpectedly, I lost my only child, the light of my life, my son, Shane Avery Bishop. I’ve meant to write you for some time since that day.

    First, I want to thank CWB Cama for giving Shane a chance to embark on the best career he could have ever wished for. Some people aspire to make as much money as they can; to one-up their friends, or buy the latest and greatest toys. Shane was a simple man. He wanted a job that would align with his personal values—to be close to nature, to share his love for the sea and boats with others, to work with young people, inspiring them, giving them tools, skills and respect that will serve them well in their futures.

    Shane truly loved his job as Operations Manager for CWB at Cama. He could often be found there on his days off. CWB Cama was a significant part of Shane’s being.

    I want to thank CWB for hosting Shane’s memorial service at the boathouse. It was the perfect place for some 200 friends and family members to gather to share their memories, their tears, and their joy of knowing Shane. The recently released video that Shane did for CWB Cama was such a great way to show those who hadn’t seen Shane in a while the man he had become and his love for CWB Cama. I will treasure that video for the rest of my life.

    It’s been so hard these past months. I miss Shane terribly. Those who know us well know how very close our mother/son bond was. I’ve been so touched by the ways those who loved Shane have continue to honor him and keep his memory alive. Naming the recently completed orange pelicano rescue boat (Shane’s favorite color) the Shane B. is such a tribute to my son. I’m sure I speak for his family and friends when I say we are all so very proud. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    Next to the sea, music was Shane’s other love. He would have loved the First Annual Shane B. Open Jam coordinated by his special friend Dena and CWB Cama staff on what would have been his 46th birthday (July 5th) in the boathouse, and then again in August, when his “brothers” in Cold Current Rising played the boathouse in his honor.

    It was at the Shane B. Open Jam where I first met the new CWB Cama Operations Manager, Chuck Gittings. I am very impressed with Chuck’s skills and experience. He is a most apt and capable Operations Manager. But, it’s his passion for the CWB mission and the Cama site, as well as, his respectful treatment of me and Shane’s family and friends, that really sold me on Chuck. I want you to know that Chuck has definitely earned this mother’s stamp of approval. He has been so very kind to me and Shane’s step-dad, Joseph Arellano, and Shane’s sons, Avery and Alex. CWB means a lot to our family and Chuck (along with CWB staff and volunteers—a shout out to the two Michaels!) has gone the extra mile to make us feel welcomed and special when we visit. I look forward to working with Chuck when I retire (soon) to continue the legacy of CWB Cama and my beloved son, Shane Avery Bishop.

    With sincere gratitude,

    Marty Bishop Arellano
    “It’s all good.” Shane Bishop (1969-2015)

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