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Frans Gillebaard, pioneer of Kemah waterfront, dead at 73 - The Galveston County Daily News : Local News

September 22, 2014

Frans Gillebaard, pioneer of Kemah waterfront, dead at 73

Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013 12:10 am

KEMAH — Frans Gillebaard, whose 1980 purchase of an abandoned building along the Kemah waterfront created what is now the iconic Kemah Boardwalk, died Friday. He was 73.

Gillebaard suffered a stroke several months ago and had been hospitalized with seizures, said Bob Mitchell, president of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership.

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