In Memory

P/C/C Ernest Marshburn

The United States Power Squadrons, America’s Boating Club, community lost a leader when P/C/C Ernest Marshburn, SN, crossed over the bar March 10, 2024.

Ernie was a husband, brother, uncle and teacher. Having earned his doctoral degree, he held many leadership positions during his 45 years of service to East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, including director and senior research scientist, director of research development in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies, and director of strategic initiatives in information technology and computing systems.

Ernie’s love of sailing led him to America’s Boating Club, United States Power Squadrons, where he became a member of District 27’s Tar River Power Squadron in 1984. He worked his way up in the squadron leadership while finding time to teach the boating course and other courses squadron members wanted. He moved up the District 27 leadership chain, becoming district commander in 1994. In 1996 he was elected Assistant National Secretary. Afterward, he joined the National Bridge as National Secretary and was elected Chief Commander in 2006.

As a strategic planner, Ernie saw the need to reorganize the governance of United States Power Squadrons. He led the Operating Committee in streamlining operation of the organization, overseeing the formation of the Board of Directors. He also addressed declining membership with the national program “The Power of One.” Ernie was proud to have the Chief Commander’s blue flag in Tar River the same year the district commander was also a Tar River member, thus having all three blue commander flags reside in his squadron.

On the fraternal side, Ernie was highly competitive. You didn’t play beanbag baseball with him unless you brought your A game. Ernie was someone who became your friend the moment you met him. He may be physically gone, but he remains in our hearts.

May you rest in peace, Chief, and welcome us when it is our turn.

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