Peter Evelyn, who led Seaboard Marine’s Caribbean commercial activities for several years, died this morning after a lengthy illness.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1930, Evelyn started his shipping career in Kingston at Lascelles de Mercardo Shipping in 1949 and became its managing director in 1958.

Evelyn served many years as an officer of the Shipping Association of Jamaica and was its Chairman in 1972-1973. Not only did Evelyn promote shipping in Jamaica, he also helped create the Caribbean Shipping Association (“CSA”) and served as its founding President in 1971. For more than 35 years, the CSA has promoted the maritime industry to all peoples in the Caribbean.

Evelyn moved to the U.S. and was President of Kirk Lines, the leading U.S.-based carrier to Jamaica, from 1982 to 1995 when it was purchased by Seaboard Marine. He amicably joined Seaboard Marine as VP-Caribbean and guided Seaboard Marine’s entry into the Jamaican and Grand Cayman markets. Evelyn retired in 1999.

“Not only was Peter a pioneer in Caribbean shipping, he was also a wonderful mentor and leader,” said Tom Paelinck, Seaboard Marine’s current VP-Caribbean.

The management and employees of Seaboard Marine extend our deepest sympathy to Mr. Evelyn’s family during this time of loss. His vision, calming voice and wisdom will be missed.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 2 at 11:00 AM at the Marco Presbyterian Church, 875 West Elkcam Circle, Marco Island, FL 34145. The family advises that all are welcome to attend and join in refreshments immediately afterward.