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Henry Kendall MCDONALD

Male 1927 - 2014  (~ 86 years)

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  • Name Henry Kendall MCDONALD 
    Born Dec 1927  Camberwell RD Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    _UID 05534395FAC84E89BCD1BD32AAA4BDD22274 
    Died 15 Jan 2014  Thurlstone, Devon Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried 24 Jan 2014  All Saints, Thurlstone, Devon Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
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      Kendall McDonald dies
      15 January 2014
      Kendall McDonald, celebrated chronicler of British diving and shipwrecks for more than 50 years, has passed away at the age of 86.

      Having applied his journalistic skills as Managing Editor of the London Evening News newspaper, McDonald turned his working hand to the world of wrecks after becoming hooked on sport diving in the early 1950s.

      As one of the British Sub-Aqua Club’s earliest members (number 23), McDonald did much to foster training and active diving within his own BSAC branch and as a member of the club’s National Diving Committee.

      He played a key role in organising the second World Congress of Underwater Activities in London in 1963.

      Outside the club, McDonald had a large influence in publicising the growing sport through press, television and radio. For instance, he wrote and presented Britain’s first TV series about diving and was one of the first journalists to dive on the wreck of the Mary Rose in Hampshire’s Solent.

      McDonald served as BSAC Chairman from 1975 to 1977, after which he carried out more overseas diving than before. He reported from destinations including Florida, the Bahamas, Caymans, Virgin Islands and the Turks and Caicos, at a time when few British divers holidayed abroad.

      Following his chairmanship of the BSAC, McDonald remained an honorary life vice-president of the club.

      Amongst specialist press, he was a regular contributor to BSAC publications and to the club’s magazine Neptune. He continued to contribute to the magazine’s descendant, DIVER, up to 2011.

      He is the author of some 30 books, including the Diver Guide series on wrecks around the coasts of Britain, still sold through Underwater World Publications.

      McDonald won the BSAC’s Colin McLeod Award in 2009 for his contributions to diving publications. In the same year he was elected to the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame.

      He enjoyed living at his 18th century cottage at Thurlestone in South Devon, surrounded by his collection of some 800 wreck books and other documents. He was taken into care for the last two years of his life, finally succumbing to pneumonia last weekend.

      McDonald’s wife, Penny, pre-deceased him by four years and his son, Kevin, by six years. He is survived by his daughter, Joanna, and grandchildren Samantha and Ross.

      Individuals who would like to pay their respects are welcome to attend a remembrance service at All Saints Church in Thurlestone on Friday, 24 January at 3pm. The service follows a private cremation.

      Cards or other written messages can be sent to Joanna Acourt at Cradles Cottage, Thurlestone, Kingsbridge TQ7 3NE.
    Person ID I308  Great Horkesley, Essex
    Last Modified 28 Sep 2017 

    Father Henry Richard MCDONALD,   b. 27 Nov 1882, 8 Upland Road, East Dulwich Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Maud HILL 
    Family ID F18  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Penelope Mary HARDY,   b. 4 Dec 1930,   d. 30 Apr 2010, Kingsbridge, Devon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married Sep 1955  Worthing RD Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
     1. Kevin K MCDONALD
     2. Joanna K MCDONALD
    Last Modified 9 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F767  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S19] BMD index, Q4 1927 Camberwell 1d/963. (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S408]

    3. [S56] 1841 census.

    4. [S19] BMD index, Q3 1955 Worthing 5h/1248. (Reliability: 3).