News Feature

Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, February 21, 2013
Memorial service to be held for fishermen lost in December

by Jessica Brophy

A memorial service will be held Sunday, February 24, at 2 p.m. at the Island Community Center in Stonington to remember Wallace “Chubby” Gray II and Wayne Young.

Gray and Young were lost at sea when their fishing vessel, the Foxy Lady II, sank sometime on or after December 15, 2012. The vessel was reported overdue in its homeport of Gloucester, Mass., on December 17, 2012. The local fishermen were scalloping off the coast of Massachusetts. The U.S. Coast Guard searched unsuccessfully for several days for the overdue boat and fishermen.

On Friday, January 11, Coast Guard Sector Boston announced the discovery of the submerged wreckage of the 45-foot Foxy Lady II. According to a public affairs officer at the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Boston, as of Tuesday, February 19, the investigation of the wreck remains open and no new information is available.

Angela Sanfillipo, president of the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association, said in a phone interview on Tuesday, February 19, that she plans to make the trip to Stonington for the memorial service. There may be others attending from the Gloucester area.

The GFWA held a vigil in Gloucester when the Foxy Lady II first went missing. “I want the community [of Stonington] to know that just because they weren’t native to Gloucester didn’t mean we didn’t mourn the loss,” said Sanfilippo.

The Island Fishermen’s Wives Association is organizing the memorial. Donations for the families of Gray and Young may be sent to Fishermen’s Fund, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, 25 Church St., Deer Isle, ME 04627.