Montauk boat captain John Rade dies June 15


John Joseph Rade, a longtime member of the Montauk community, died June 15 at the Kanas Center for Hospice Care.

Growing up in Montauk gave him the chance to become a person who loved nature, the people he had the opportunity to know, his family and fishing. Born to Rodovan Richard Rade and elder Helen Waczkowska, and her brother Richard, in Ozone Park, the family moved to Montauk when John was 3, and he never looked back.

His father started fishing, eventually as a captain in the Viking fleet under Carl Forsberg Sr. John also fished on the Viking, becoming a captain during the winters when the Marlin was not fishing. John owned his own boats, all named Starfish, moored at Mike Kayle’s Inlet Marina. Growing up he learned different ways to fish, from the dock at Fort Pond, on open party boats such as Zev Anderson’s Little Red and a charter boat with Captain Charlie Kaiser.

He remembered a time when he was out of school and came home just as the school bus arrived. He found the school principal sitting in the kitchen having coffee with his mother, asking her again why he was not at school. It was a beautiful day for fishing.

Besides playing on the Montauk School basketball team, winning the Little Three title and the annual Invitational Championship, his fondest baseball memory is playing, under Coach Zebrowski, against the Bridgehampton School and Carl Yastrzemski.

Her father, Dick, bought the open party boat, Marlin with John and Richard as companions. In the 1960s they built the 65ft Marlin III, later adding the Little Marlin. The boats had a strong following of avid anglers.

In addition to fishing, the Marlin III became one of the first boats to moonlight to Block Island and several years fishing for cod on Cox’s Ledge. Richard and John loved fishing. In 1971, John started his own company, Starfish Enterprises, by purchasing a lobster off the coast of Maine and became a successful commercial fisherman, a “Pin Hooker”.

On November 15, 1969, he married Karen A. Koelpin, expanding his family with the Koelpins and aunts, uncles, and cousins ​​who had all loved Montauk.

His children grew up loving fishing and carry on the tradition. Her son Brian is a commercial fisherman and her daughter Judith, a special education teacher at Montauk School, is married to commercial fisherman Chris O’Brien. Daughter-in-law Jennifer Buklad is a teacher at Ross School. John has always believed that children should know more than fishing, as that has changed over the past 50 years. Five grandchildren, Maggie, Taylor and Allison Rade and Hunter and Riley O’Brien love being on boats and even fishing.

Memorial donations would be appreciated to: Montauk Fire Dept. Ambulance Co. #4, 12 Flamingo Ave, Montauk; East End Hospice, PO Box 1048, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978; or Send a Kid Fishing, PO Box 21, Patchogue, NY 11772.

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