Gary Cottreau, formerly of Wedgeport, lives in Tortola, one of the British Virgin Islands, and both his home and business suffered damage from Irma.
Cottreau runs a catamaran charter service that offers day cruises.
Cottreau was not hurt in the storm, said his brother Glen, a Wedgeport resident.
Contacted Sept. 22, Glen said, “Gary is still in Tortola and his wife is from England so she’s there with the two kids and her family.”
Cottreau lost half of his house’s roof in the storm, his brother said.
“Anything that was wood, like his patio, everything was ripped off,” Glen said.
Asked how his brother was doing, he said, “He’s trying to deal with the insurance and organize the mess and get a roof on his house, stuff like that.”
Communities that were in Irma’s path of destruction are looking at a long recovery process, he said.
“I don’t know how long before the power’s restored down there,” Glen said.
Gary Cottreau first went to the British Virgin Islands 24 years ago and he has lived there for 20 years, Glen said.
As for the Oct. 7 fundraiser in Wedgeport, the sale of rappie pie and seafood chowder is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. (Anyone who would like to donate rappie pie or chowder is invited to drop if off at the Wedgeport legion.)
As part of the benefit, a dance is to be held that night, starting at 10 p.m. There will be a box at the door if anyone wants to donate money.