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.”

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4 thoughts on “In Memoriam: Kevin MacDonald

  • May 7, 2020 at 6:00 am

    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

  • May 7, 2020 at 11:44 am

    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

  • May 7, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    One of the best swimmers alway with a smile abd kindhess

  • May 7, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    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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