Marco Kapodines, a Culver City resident and member of the Marina Venice Yacht Club Board of Directors in Marina del Rey, has died. He was 78.

Kapodines passed away on March 21 from complications related to cancer, friends said. He had been undergoing treatment for the past six months.

Born April 7, 1933 in New York to Nickolas Karpodines and Stella Kransovski, Marco was a Korean War veteran and served with the U.S. Army in Germany from 1952 to 1954, friends said.

He won numerous awards as an amateur photographer, including a first place prize in the New York Journal American contest, and he was later accepted into the prodigious Bronx High School of Science. After his family moved to Brooklyn, Karpodines attended and graduated from James Madison High School, and he later attended Brandise University.

Upon discharge from military service, Karpodines was employed by Sun Radio and Electronics designing amplifiers, speakers and stereo sound equipment. He then went into radio, working as a sound engineer and started to write and direct.

Karpodines subsequently worked in television as a director and producer. He also wrote many movie scripts and taught screenwriting in Hollywood.

Five years ago Karpodines, an avid sailor, founded the Single Sailors of Southern California, an organization associated with the Marina Venice Yacht Club in Marina del Rey. The group works to expose novices and others to sailing, and plans are underway to ensure that the group continues.

The twice monthly events were always enjoyed by Karpodines on his Yorktown 34 Seven C’s as well as other member boats.

Karpodines is survived by his brother, Nickolas Vassili; nephew William Vassili; and nieces Jenny, Julie and Eleanor Vassili of Seattle.

The Marina Venice Yacht Club will host a memorial reception from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday, May 21, followed by a burial at sea. The yacht club will then host a lunch and a sharing of memories.

Guests are asked to RSVP to (310) 822-9082.