With heavy hearts, we share the news that an early morning fire on Saturday, January 13, 2018.
How many beautiful boats have come through the Antique Boat Shop in Fort Wayne, Indiana? Jeff Funk posted this report on the Antique Boat Shop Facebook page:
Disaster! Saturday morning around 4am Jan and I were awakened by a policeman who informed us the shop was on fire. By the time we arrived the building had collapsed, and everything was gone. Everything. Eight boats were lost, as was all our equipment. A complete loss. We were, and are heartbroken…as are our clients and friends for us. Probably an electrical short according to the FD. Now we have to rebuild. Changes are coming, so please bear with us as we recover from this loss. It may be awhile before you see posts. Cross your fingers for us as we work to get back on track. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jp1aAUqwXB0
Many of the “How-To” videos for ACBS were filmed in this shop. The owner, Jeff Funk, has also been part of the leadership of the Antique and Classic Boat Society serving as the President in 2016.
Messages of concern and empathy are being sent to Jeff and Jan Funk and the whole crew of the shop.
On behalf of the entire ACBS community, our thoughts and prayers are with Jeff, Jan and their employees as they endure this unbelievable loss! Know we are ready to lend a hand, heart or ear!
Jeff, what a horrible experience. I am sorry for eveyone involved in your business, especioally you and Jan. If there is anything I can do please let me know.
Jeff and Jan, Mary Jo and I extend our most sincere thoughts and prayers during this trying time. We experienced a total loss house fire in 2001 and had to start over so I know what you are facing. Both you and Jan are strong and will overcome this tragedy. If there is anything we can do to assist please let us know. We will keep you and Jan and your employees in our prayers. Kindest regards, Gary and Mary Jo Fesperman
Jeff, Charlie and I were saddened with the news of the fire. If there is anything that we can do please let us know.
Jack & Susie Gould~ so sorry for your loss but we are sure this won’t diminish your passion for antique boating. Your dedication to the craft is impeccable and your work admired. Thinking of you both as you face this challenge~
Jeff —– Just heard about your loss. Have been boating friends with you for years. I do hope you recover.