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Dieter Cosman, co-founder and chairman of the Bradford Marine, died June 12 in Miami at the age of 95. He was born May 22, 1917 in Switzerland.
Mr. Cosman and Charles Blickle, Sr. founded Bradford Marine in 1966 in Ft.Lauderdale on the New River. In the early 1980s, they went their separate ways with Blickle keeping sales and charter and Cosman keeping the shipyard.
Known affectionately by Bradford Marine employees as “Mr. C”, Mr. Cosman continued to work as chairman with Paul Engle, president of the Bradford Marine companies.
“He would come in to the office most every day and work with the Paul,” said Gene Douglas, vice president of the company. “He had a real connection with people and was highly respected by his Bradford Marine family.”
Mr. Cosman was also an avid scuba diver up until the last few months and had his own boat that he used for diving.
Mr. Cosman is survived by his wife, Susanne, and four children.
A memorial service and time of remembrance will be held at Bradford Marine, 3051 W. State Road 84 in Ft. Lauderdale, on Friday, June 15 at 3 p.m.