Longtime Marina del Rey sailor and liveaboard Edward Suttler has died. He was 78.

Suttler succumbed to ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Thursday, October 11th, after a long battle with the disease, according to friends.

He lived in Mariners Bay aboard his sailboat for many years and had recently navigated the Panama Canal as a crew member, friends said.

Suttler was born in Hollywood and lived in Southern California his entire life.

He was an actor in the 1950s, appearing in Westerns, and he also founded a women’s clothing company.

Suttler worked at Maritime Communications as a technician in the 1970s and continued working as a contract technician until his death.

He is survived by his sister Betty of Agoura Hills and many friends.

A memorial gathering is scheduled at 5 p.m. Friday, November 2nd, at Maritime Communications, 766 Washington Blvd., Venice.