Superboat Mourns the Passing of Donald J. Cormack, Sr.


Donald Cormack, Sr. 

Super Boat International is very sad to report the loss of our dear family member and friend, Donald J Cormack Sr.

Don, 78, died Saturday, June 1, 2019 in Key West Florida. He was surrounded by his beloved wife of 51 years, Jane Cormack and the rest of his immediate family.

Brother-in-law, Super Boat founder, and president, John Carbonell, stated, “Don has been an invaluable part of our organization since it’s inception and will be greatly missed by all of us that knew and loved him.”

In his more than 30 years with Superboat, Don has served in many capacities. Ever the hard worker, many racers and crews will remember him from his supervision in the Wet Pits as well as his help to launch boats at the cranes in the Hot Pits. Still others will remember him for his work throughout the Dry Pits and coordinating the many patrol boats that have volunteered with us in more recent years.

Don was always willing to help out in whatever way was needed, no job was too big or too small. A humble man, he often did jobs that were not glamorous or prestigious but were very much needed.

John Carbonell fondly recalled that before the race could be run in Marathon Fl., “Don was sent out to the 7 mile bridge where he hung upside down to paint spans of the bridge yellow , so that the racers would know which pilings to safely go through during the race.” Those yellow markings remain there still.

Don never met a stranger and most enjoyed his role as our “Hospitality Ambassador." He was a great storyteller. He especially enjoyed speaking with people at the races, especially in Key West, where he could tell others about the beautiful city where he was born and raised. He was very proud of his “Conch” heritage.

Don will be greatly missed by all of the Super Boat family, friends and fans but will be remembered by those he was most proud of, his family. At races, Don was never very far from his wife Jane, who is our chief registrar and office manager, or his daughters, Crystal and Tiffany and granddaughter Cheyenne, who are all part of the Super Boat registration and scoring staff. His son Donald continues his father’s legacy as Crane Supervisor.

Don was proceeded in death by his son Philip Cormack, his parents Donald and Anna Cormack, and by his sister Ruth Bello.

He is survived by his wife Jane, his three children Crystal Wischler (Frank Collins), Tiffany Folks (Steven) and Donald Cormack Jr. His three grandchildren Brandon Bravo (Janessa), Cheyenne Wright, Dennis Wright and great-grand children, Caden Collins and Victoria Bravo.

He is also survived by his sisters Margaret “Bebe” Cates and Janet Hadas, brother Bill (Brenda) Cormack, brother-in-law John (Deana) Carbonell, sisters-in-law Gloria (Joe) Medina, Brenda (Felix) Otero and Mary Carbonell; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and “adopted” children and grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 6 PM at Dean Lopez Funeral Home, 418 Simonton St. in Key West Florida.