In Memory of Captain David Maddox
FHPA remembers Captain David Maddox, of Port Saint Joe, who passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017. Captain Maddox should be remembered for living a very fulfilling life.
Captain Maddox was a third-generation harbor pilot who apprenticed and learned his life's work from his father and grandfather. While in high school he often ran the family pilot boat to place his grandfather on ships sailing into the Bay. In the early stages of World War II, he helped operate the pilot boat to guide ships into safe harbor in the Bay at night before they sailed down the coast and formed convoys to sail across the North Atlantic for Europe. He further developed his skills in the coastwise trade serving with the Merchant Marines and in the U.S. Navy. He piloted ships in and out of St. Joe Bay for 45 years and served many years on the State Board of Pilot Commissioners. He was also cross licensed for the Ports of Panama City and Pensacola. As the harbor pilot, and because there were no search and rescue units, he was often called on by local families to help locate and rescue boaters in the Bay or hikers on the peninsula who were lost or missing at night.
To read Captain Maddox's obituary in full, please click here.