For almost 50 years, Peter Hornbeck ran Hornbeck Boats, a business he started in his garage in 1971, from a shop on his property in Olmstedville alongside wife, Ann. On any given weekend, you could find him holding court with customers who came from all over the country and world to his pond to try out and buy boats weighing as little as 12 pounds. He was known for his sense of humor and colorful storytelling.
He was an environmentalist and proponent of wilderness and an artist, painting watercolors of Adirondack scenes and people enjoying them.
“The Adirondacks won’t be the same without him,” said longtime friend Kim Bessette.