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John F. Requardt Jr., businessman

He had owned a marina in Oxford

By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

4:47 PM EST, February 16, 2012

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John Frederic Requardt Jr., a retired businessman who enjoyed sailing, died Feb. 10 of complications from a stroke at William Hill Manor in Easton.

The one-time Trappe resident was 92.

The son of a lawyer and a homemaker, Mr. Requardt was born in Baltimore.

He was the grandson of Marie Oehl von Hattersheim Bauernschmidt, a well-known Baltimore political crusader for more than 40 years who died in 1962.

Mr. Requardt attended Gilman School and graduated in 1939 from the Kent School in Kent, Conn. He later was inducted into the school's athletic hall of fame for his prowess in crew, football and hockey.

Because he was colorblind, Mr. Requardt was unable to join the Navy during World War II, and served as a merchant marine purser aboard ships in North Atlantic convoys.

After the war, Mr. Requardt settled in Talbot County and worked for Brewer Dry Dock Co. of Staten Island, N.Y. In the 1960s, he began developing Bachelors Point, an Oxford marina, which he owned and operated.

He retired in the 1970s.

For 30 years, he and his wife, the former Nancy Burroughs Firth, whom he married in 1974, lived aboard the Aweigh, a 68-foot motor yacht he had built.

The couple sailed between Indiantown, Fla., Savannah, Ga., the Eastern Shore, and Boca Grande, Fla., their home port, until settling in Trappe in 2002.

Mrs. Requardt died last year.

Other boats Mr. Requardt owned included the Onawa Squirt, a 24-foot runabout, and the Halcyon, a 38-foot Matthews cruiser.

Mr. Requardt enjoyed working on his boats and at area boatyards, helping other boat owners solve their problems.

He was a member and twice commodore of the Tred Avon Yacht Club and had been a member of the Royal Nassau Sailing Club, Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club and the Boca Grande Yacht Club.

No services are planned.

Surviving are two sons, John F. Requardt III of Ruxton and William S. Requardt of Easton; three daughters, Kip R. Vaughan of Oxford, Wendy Caroline Requardt of Trappe and Hope H. Requardt of Sandwich, N.H.; two stepsons, Tom Firth of Bethesda and Dick Firth of Trappe; two stepdaughters, Caryl Firth of Palm Beach, Fla., and Nandy Corson of Trappe; seven grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. An earlier marriage to the former Kathryn Kip Humphreys ended in divorce.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com