Body Glove co-founder, waterman legend Bob Meistrell dies on Catalina Island

Kevin Cody
June 16, 2013

Bob Meistrell aboard the Disappearance at the start of the 2011 Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race. Photo by Greg Browning

Bob Meistrell, nephew Billy, grandnephew Daley and grandniece Jenna awoke at 4:30 a.m. Father’s Day morning aboard Meistrell’s 70-foot, twin diesel boat Disappearance. That morning, Disappearance was to be the lead boat in the Rock 2 Rock Paddleboard race from Two Harbors on Catalina Island to Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro. Over the nearly three decades Meistrell had owned Disappearance, he had volunteered to drive the lead boat in countless paddleboard races.

Daly was competing in the Rock 2 Rock.

Two hours after rising and just minutes after the start of the race, Meistrell suffered a fatal heart attack.

“My uncle was always in a good mood, but looking back on Father’s Day morning, he seemed in a really good mood. It’s weird,” Billy Meistrell said.

Meistrell had used the occasion of the race and the fact that Daley’s birthday was Friday, to call a family gathering on the island at Cherry Cove, two coves west of Two Harbors, where Meistrell had had a mooring for decades.

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Jim Caldwell has over 26 years of experience in the public safety sector in occupations ranging from professional ski patrol, and ocean lifeguard to firefighter. Jim has worked for the Redondo Beach Fire Department for the last 22 years holding successively higher positions of responsibility. For the last six years, Jim has held the rank of Engineer with responsibility for driving and operating the Department’s Engines and Tillered Aerial Ladder Truck. Throughout his career, he has shown a dedication not only to public safety but also community service.
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