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In Memoriam: Kevin MacDonald

Sailing aficionado operated a yacht maintenance and sales business in San Diego before suddenly passing away.

SAN DIEGO—Kevin MacDonald, a yacht maintenance and sales business owner in San Diego, has died. He was 66.

MacDonald reportedly died suddenly at his home in San Diego’s Ocean Beach neighborhood on March 27. One news report stated he died of heart failure.

The yachting and boating professional was also known for his larger-than-life personality, according to an obituary published in the San Diego Union Tribune.

“He was known as a big and bold character on the docks and in his community,” the obituary stated. “Always available to entertain family and friends on a harbor cruise or an early morning ski on Mission Bay, he never wasted a day. His love for surfing, water and snow skiing and sailing, he settled in Ocean Beach and established his yacht maintenance and sales business.”

MacDonald was born on May 22, 1953. He is reportedly survived by his wife, America, two children, Glen and Marina, and two sisters, Dawn and Diane.

“Current culture prevents us from having a service at this time but hopefully a celebration of life can occur in the future,” an obituary in the San Diego Union Tribune stated. “Kevin would want you all to remember him with a big smile from his face to yours. On behalf of his family, we thank you for your support and please stay well.”

This story will be updated with information about MacDonald’s celebration of life, if one is scheduled, as soon as it is available. Please keep up with this story on thelog.com.

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6 thoughts on “In Memoriam: Kevin MacDonald

  • Monica Carter

    Our deep condolences to his family and friends, prayers and blessings. I remember his great smile, I worked at West Marine Shelter Island and he was one of our most noticeable clients always treated us with respect, kind and friendly. RIP Kevin

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  • Cheryl Renwick

    Kevin was a bright light and a beautiful soul…He was a long time member at the Kona Kai Club & many of us will truly miss him. Our hearts & prayers go out to his family…Rest in Peace & know that you are loved Kevin

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  • George and Katharina Farrand

    One of the best swimmers alway with a smile abd kindhess

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  • Hugh Hedin, Kona Kai Club

    Kevin was a cherished member of the Kona Kai Club community for many years. His sincerity and geniality will be missed by all on Shelter Island. Our thoughts are with his family during this sad time.

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  • Mark Irwin

    Kevin was such a unique and brilliant friend when I knew him well in the late 60’s. I remember sailing on his dad’s Chinese junk that he had at Newport harbor and spending the weekend causing all kinds of mischief. I also remember him telling me once that I had to get over to his house (when he still lived in Anaheim) to listen to the new Beatles album. I told him that I wasn’t interested (at 12 years old) in holding anyone’s hand. But, he made me sit down and listen to Revolver…I was blown away. I was always laughing and learning something new whenever I was around him. I missed him a lot when his family moved to Irvine and I rarely got to see him. He always added a glow to everything, every time. With tears in my eyes, I say farewell and hope that he will always glow in the heavens as he did here on this earth.

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  • Richard Mark Irwin

    Kevin was such a unique and brilliant friend when I knew him well in the late 60’s. I remember sailing on his dad’s Chinese junk that he had at Newport harbor and spending the weekend causing all kinds of mischief. I also remember him telling me once that I had to get over to his house (when he still lived in Anaheim) to listen to the new Beatles album. I told him that I wasn’t interested (at 12 years old) in holding anyone’s hand. But, he made me sit down and listen to Revolver…I was blown away. I was always laughing and learning something new whenever I was around him. I missed him a lot when his family moved to Irvine and I rarely got to see him. He always added a glow to everything, every time. With tears in my eyes, I say farewell and hope that he will always glow in the heavens as he did here on this earth.

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