SAN DIEGO – Suzi Green, former owner of California Yacht Sales and well-respected figure in the boating community, has died. She was 69.
Green passed away Friday, April 18 after a long bout with cancer. She was diagnosed with cancer three years ago and at that time was told she had six months to live. She surpassed that time frame in years.
“Suzi Green led a wonderful life,” said Ian Bossenger, current owner of California Yacht Sales. “In an industry run by the old boys club, Suzi Green was not satisfied with an invitation to the party but demanded a seat at the head of the table and everyone’s rapt attention. She led her career and her life in the only manner which she could – her own.”
Born in Philadelphia in 1944, Green taught physical education just out of school. She succumbed to wanderlust and cruised 20,000 miles through the South Pacific. Eventually, her love of adventure and of the sea brought her to San Diego where she was one of the first females to secure a position as a yacht broker.
A straight-forward business woman, it was not long before Green opened a successful yacht brokerage. Her time at California Yachts Sales brought her into contact with friends who will forever treasure her memory and inevitable mark upon their lives.
Running her own business allowed her to pursue other passions, particularly, deep sea fishing. Green loved fishing and led friends on adventures they would forever cherish. Her first large marlin hangs on the wall of California Yacht Sales. From her vessel, The Huntress, she caught and released at least 20 other marlin.
Green met her husband, Barry Vine, a set designer at the Fox Studio, 10 years ago. The two instantly recognized a shared lust for life and were immediately inseparable. Upon her retirement from California Yacht Sales, Green moved to Rosarito, Mexico where she lived with Barry and her beloved dogs.
Memorial Services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday, May 17 in Rosarito. For more information, contact Barry Vine at (619) 948-7775.