A 49-year-old man found dead of an apparent suicide on Goat Island Monday was the founder of an internationally known furniture company and a noted Charleston-area philanthropist.

Charleston County sheriff’s deputies were called to the island, behind Isle of Palms, about 7 a.m. Monday after a man was found hanging from the awning of a private dock, according to an incident report.

The Charleston County Coroner’s Office did not return calls from The Post and Courier on Monday or Tuesday, but other authorities identified the dead man as Kenneth Bauer of Charleston Boulevard on Isle of Palms.

The newspaper also received an obituary for Bauer, the founder and president of Charleston-based furniture maker Bauer International, the official furniture provider for PGA of America.

Bauer is the listed owner of the dock where he was found, according to county land records. His boat was tied up nearby, deputies said.

Bauer, a married father of three, was a member of the South Carolina Aquarium board of trustees, helped found the S.C. Maritime Heritage Foundation and was instrumental in the effort behind the Spirit of South Carolina tall ship, according to his obituary. He also was a founding member of the Charleston to Bermuda race and competed in the event several times.