Mass. and NY communities mourn victims of fatal Lake Winnipesaukee snowmobile crashes
MOULTONBOROUGH — Friends in the Lakes Region and their Massachusetts hometown are mourning two longtime friends who died in a snowmobile accident on Lake Winnipesaukee on Saturday.
The men — David B. Crosier, 67, and Mark F. O’Connell, 62, both of Westborough, Mass. — were among a number of people staying at O’Connell’s vacation home on Captain’s Way on Long Island for the weekend.
A teenager from Mamaroneck, N.Y., died in a separate snowmobile accident on the lake Saturday.
Along with Steven Weiss, 65, also of Westborough, Crosier and O’Connell, whose birthday was Saturday, set out on their sleds, planning to ride to Meredith Bay and stop in at the headquarters of the Meredith Rotary Club’s Great Rotary Fishing Derby.
Not long into the ride, however, Crosier and O’Connell’s snowmobiles went through the ice into the lake. Weiss was able to get to safety. O’Connell was brought to a local hospital, where he died; Crosier’s body was recovered from the lake later.
Today, a funeral Mass will be held at St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Westborough for O’Connell.
A Mass for Crosier will take place on Saturday at St. Mary’s Church in Westfield, Mass.
“The town is saddened to have lost both Mark and David in such a tragic accident,” said Ian Johnson, who chairs the Westborough Board of Selectmen, in an email.
Weiss, who was reached Wednesday by telephone at his home, said what happened Saturday on Lake Winnipesaukee was “a tragedy” and a “horrific accident.”
He declined to speak further, adding that remarks he made in a Feb. 13 article in The Telegram and Gazette of Worcester, Mass., accurately reflected his feelings.
In that article, Weiss said that about 30 years ago, he, O’Connell and Crosier “…all moved into the same neighborhood. We were all transplants. We came from different places. We all became family to each other and have spent numerous, countless times in each other’s home, in each other’s lives, with our families, our children.”
“We all know each other’s families and extended families,” Weiss said. “We vacationed together. We partied together. We’ve experienced life together as our children grew up and went to college, got married ....”
O’Connell, who leaves his wife and four children, was a former president and CEO for both SupplyScape and SAVO Group.
Crosier, a husband and father of three, was vice president for supply-chain management with New Balance. He served in the Marine Corps.
Information about memorial services for 15-year-old Arthur Remy, who died when his sled went into the water off Rattlesnake Island in Alton, was unavailable Wednesday.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department said Remy was riding with his father, Arnaud, when his machine went through the ice. Divers recovered his body Sunday morning.
The Remys had been participating in the fishing derby and had decided to go for a ride on the lake, said Fish & Game officials.
On Tuesday, the Journal News of White Plains, N.Y., reported that Arthur Remy was a student at the French American School of New York in Mamaroneck. The school did not reply Wednesday to a request for comment.
Several people, however, commented about the young man on Facebook, including Eugene McLeer who called him “a really nice kid” who played youth football and was someone who “worked hard, always had a positive attitude, and did whatever you asked him. A great teammate. This is an unspeakable tragedy to say the least.”