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  JAMESTOWN Ė Beloved, husband, father, brother and friend, John Marcy Mecray, passed away on Tuesday, November 1, 2017, after a long courageous battle with Leukemia.

John grew up in Cape May, NY, where he developed a life long passion for sailing. He attended the Philadelphia College of Art, now the University of the Arts, and had a successful career as an illustrator. He gave service to this country with a tour of duty in Europe.

John moved his family to Newport, RI the same year that the Tall Ships first came to the Island in 1976 and launched his second career as a marine artist. John combined his superb painting talent with an encyclopedic knowledge of sea faring history. Over the years his paintings and rare drawings were hung in homes of Americaís premier art collections. Johnís keen interest in yachts and yachting history led to the founding of the Museum of Yachting and their annual classic yacht regatta. In 1993, he helped found the International Yacht Restoration School, IYRS, where he was trustee. John is a member of the Mystic Seaport Museumís Yachting Committee, the New York Yacht Club, The National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Herreshoff Marine Museum, among others.

John is survived by his wife Mary Gillette of Jamestown, his daughter, Stacia Mecray, also of Jamestown, grandchildren, Lucy Lutyens, of Wickford, and Samuel Lutyens, of New Orleans, LA, and sister Marcy Gosselin of Dothan, Alabama. John was preceded in death by his son, Marc Mecray, brother, Merry Mecray, his parents: James R. Mecray and Jane M. Mecray of Cape May, New Jersey.

A celebration of life will be held at the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the International Yacht Restoration School, 449 Thames Street, Newport, RI 02840 or the Hope Hospice Palliative Care Rhode Island, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904 or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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      since 1976 John Mecray has published limited edition prints from his paintings of classic racing yachts and associated genre. this website is a complete and up-to-date raisonne of John's published work.  all pertinent details are covered, along with current prices and availability.  prices of sold-out editions are included for the secondary market.  artist's proofs, not normally available through galleries, are also included.

Last Work - The Run to Block Island

the run to block island


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