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Remembering Hallett Boats Founder Nick Barron

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Always up for a good time, Nick Barron died peacefully with his family by his side last week. Photo courtesy Bob Brown/MediaDirection

Anyone who ever crossed paths with Nick Barron, the founder of the iconic Southern California boat company Hallett Boats, for sure has a story about the first time they met the man who took pride in bringing families together on the water. He was an impressionable person to say the least, and judging from the outpouring of support expressed toward his immediate family and his boating family since his passing on Thursday, March 2, following a setback in his battle with cancer, his impact was widespread.

Services in Barron’s honor are set for a week from today—Wednesday, March 15 at 10 a.m.—at Immaculate Conception Church (740 Shamrock Ave., Monrovia, Calif.) with a reception held at Clubhouse 66 (1200 E. Route 66, Glendora, Calif.) immediately following the full-mass service. Those who knew Barron best expect a packed house.

Bob Brown, a performance boat industry veteran who is a former editor of Powerboat magazine, a go-to marketing/public relations expert for several companies and an organizer behind many events including the longstanding Lake Havasu Boat Show, remembers the first time he met Barron.

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