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In Memoriam: Virgil “John” Malley

Long-time yacht broker Virgil “John” Malley passed away Nov. 9 after a long bout with cancer. He was 71.

Malley, who was born July 29, 1945, launched his marine industry career in 1975, when he joined the sales team at Dana Cove Yacht Sales in Dana Point. Four years later he shifted to Craig Froley Yachts.

In 1983 he launched Dana Harbor Yacht Sales, which Malley owned and operated through 2003. During these 20 years Malley was the dealer for Catalina sailboats and Skip Jack fishing boats. Malley sold Dana Harbor Yacht Sales to new owners in 2003.

Malley spent the final seven years of his career at Dick Simon Yachts. His maritime career, in all, spanned 41 years.

“John was a true friend to many of us in the business, and taught all of us many things, we are all grateful for,” Mark Biljanic, on behalf of the Dick Simon Yachts team, said of Malley. “John was simply “one of the best” to all that knew him, eager to help anyone who needed help.”

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2 thoughts on “In Memoriam: Virgil “John” Malley

  • Tony "Skip" Hipp

    Just some thoughts today while walking the harbor area. Sure miss John and that great smile. We attended Sunny Hills High and were neighbors in Fullerton. Not the same with John not around.

  • Chris Evans

    I bought several boats from John and enjoyed his company for many years in Dana Harbor. Every time I’m down in the Harbor now and go by the building where his desk was prominently for 20+ years I think of the sweetness and light that Guy brought to those around him every day. Godspeed John


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