The matriarch of one of Newport Harbor's legendary maritime families has died.
Lido Isle resident Betty Schock, who started the Schock boat-building and sales company with her husband, W.D. "Bill" Schock, in 1946 died July 23. She was 91.
On any given afternoon, sailors young and old take to the Newport's calm waters in a Schock-built boat. From the Lido 14, which debuted in 1958, to today's popular Harbor 20s, the company's boats have played a key role in many sailors' lives in Newport and around the U.S.
Bill designed and built the boats, while Betty ran the boat-builder's office and its marketing department.
"She just liked people, liked to be around them," son Tom Schock said Monday.
Betty and Bill started their business in his parents' Balboa Peninsula home, just up the street from the Rendezvous Ballroom, where the two met in high school.
The couple built boats in Newport until 1959, when the city phased out fiberglass production and its smelly resin, Tom said.