Tributes paid to Captain Ian Macdougal

w040322f pic DJ''Captain Ian Macdougal says goodbye and thanks to Whitby.
w040322f pic DJ''Captain Ian Macdougal says goodbye and thanks to Whitby.

Hundreds of people are expected to remember the rich and varied life of Captain Ian Macdougal when he is laid to rest on Monday.

The 69-year-old, who recently passed away following a battle with cancer, was a former stuntman on the James Bond films From Russia With Love and Moonraker, served as project manager and captain of the Grand Turk frigate and played a small, yet vital role in the design of the Concorde airliner.

His other accomplishments include a spell as a wrestler, known as Big Mac, whose “foes” included Giant Haystacks and Mick McManus, and as a Justice of the Peace in Staines-upon-Thames, in London, where he was the innovator of a project for troubled youth.

Such was the success of the project that it was later adopted across the country.

But it was for his love of the water for which Ian, of Eastgate, Pickering, is most fondly known.

A Marine Engineer by trade, Ian owned a boat yard in Runnymede, on the banks of the Thames, where he also served as a Swan Upper and was always quick to offer helping hand to stricken sailors - never asking for anything in return.

Ian settled in North Yorkshire after helping to build and captain the Grand Turk which was moored in Whitby for many years.

The three-masted sixth-rate frigate was masterminded by Ian, the “hands-on” project manager, which was built in Marmaris, Turkey. It was built to provide a replica for the popular ITV series Hornblower, about the adventures of C.S. Forester’s Royal Naval hero Horatio Hornblower.

One of the hundreds of accolades for Ian has come from Mike Turk, the former owner of the Grand Turk.

He said: “Ian was a man with extraordinary skills, probably the most clever and talented man I have ever met. A genius in so many fields “

Ian’s wife, Angie, said of her husband: “He had a huge presence, a huge personality and a huge heart. He was a man of principle and the value of friendship was so important to him.”

Angie revealed she has been “inundated with calls and cards from all over the world” following Ian’s death at St Catherine’s Hospice.

“I am overwhelmed by the kindness and the stories of his kindness that I have been told about.”

Ian is survived by his wife, five children, Jackie, Jenny, Andy, Duncan and Mimi, and three grandchildren.

His funeral will take place at St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Pickering, on Monday at 12pm.

*A full tribute will be next week’s Malton and Pickering Mercury and Whitby Gazette