Kathy Latham, an legacy in Powerboating sadly passed away this week. Here at TNT Custom Marine, we want to acknowledge her significance to the sport. Our own Johnny Tomlinson had great things to say in her honor about her impact. Continue reading to learn more.
Although Kathy Latham was as spirited as ever while working at her hometown event—the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show—at the end October, the remarkable woman behind Latham Marine was in the midst of an intense three-year battle with multiple myeloma, a cancer that forms in a type of white blood cell in the bone marrow called a plasma cell and can damage the bones, immune system, kidneys and red blood cell count. Unfortunately the generous, one-of-a-kind Latham passed away at age 67 on Monday morning with her family by her side. While the family has asked that its privacy be respected during this time of mourning, a public funeral to honor the vibrant personality will be announced in the near future.
Johnny Tomlinson, the co-founder of TNT Custom Marine in North Miami, called Kathy Latham, below with two children with disabilities, a generous human being and fondly remembers a snowmobile trip he took with them from their place in Steamboat Springs in Colorado.
“It’s such a shame; I have known Kathy and Bob since 1986 when I started racing with them and learned a lot,” Tomlinson said. “Kathy has always been wonderful to us and helped us out over the years whenever needed. I was with Bob last week and he was telling about (Kathy). It’s very sad…they have been a big part of our industry.”