Monday 11th September 2023
Memorial Sailing for Marc Oesterle
|Death of Marc Oesterle - patron of PS Neuchâtel|
Marc Oesterle passed away in Bern on Friday 18th August, at the age of 90. As a highlight in his eventful life, on 21st November 2019, the Council of State of the Republic and Canton of Neuchâtel honoured him with an official reception "in favour of the person without whom the last half-saloon steamship in Switzerland would not be sailing today."
Hw was born on the 13th December 1932 in Visp, where his father worked for the Lonza company. Later the family moved to Zollikon on Lake Zurich. Marc studied natural sciences at the University of Geneva and medicine at the University of Zurich, where he received his diploma. He continued his academic career at the University of Tübingen (Germany) and subsequently obtained a doctorate in medicine. From then on, he worked as a dentist in Bern until the end of his active career.
As a technology enthusiast, he acquired a Citroën 2 CV in his youth, a brand to which he remained loyal throughout his life. He started a small historical collection of French cars and took part in rallies.
His constant companions were his faithful dogs, which also facilitated interpersonal contacts during dog walks. This is also how he heard about the idea of bringing the steamship Neuchâtel back into service. He was enthusiastic about this project from the very beginning, got in touch with the founding president Denis Barrelet and advanced the necessary funds to buy the steam engine available in Rotterdam. Marc also participated financially in the purchase of the ship and later in the renovation. He was convinced that the Neuchâtel had a cultural and patrimonial value of public interest. It is also an important tourist attraction for the 3 Lakes region.
The Trivapor Foundation, the owner of the ship, as well as the saloon on board bear the name of this benefactor, without whom the reconstruction of the steamship PS Neuchâtel would not have been possible.
|Thanks to Olivier Bachmann and Trivapor for help
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