Richard Nancen Nakashian of Pocasset, 91, died at home on August 20.
He was the husband of Marita (Small) Nakashian, who died in 2014. The couple met at the Sandy Island Family Camp on Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire. They married in June of 1951.
Mr. Nakashian started his career as a salesman with Bostitch Staples Company. He later decided to pursue a sailing and cruise boat company in Boston Harbor. He founded Baystate Provincetown Steamship Company and reinstated the seasonal daily Boston-to-Provincetown service from Memorial Day to Labor Day that had been discontinued in the 1930s.
In addition, he saw a need for services to Georges Island, the Hull commuter boat, Nantasket Beach, the USS Constitution and evening entertainment cruises. Mr. Nakashian gained a reputation for running the cleanest and safest boats in Boston Harbor, and had the largest passenger boat fleet in Boston Harbor at the time he sold the company. He continued to host crew parties for his former staff up to 30 years after the sale.
He leaves three children, Edward R. Nakashian of Peabody, Robert H. Nakashian of Marion, and Janet M. Sinclair of Sherborn; four grandchildren; a sister, Alice Erickson; and extended family.
He was predeceased by four siblings.
A celebration of his life and reception will be Saturday, September 4, at noon at Bucatino's Restaurant & Wine Bar, 7 Nathan Ellis Highway in North Falmouth.