Michael Doc­tors


The Jewish Chronicle - - OBITUARIES -

AFOUNDINGMEMBERofHighSeas, the Jewish sail­ing club, Michael Doc­tors grew up in Waltham­stow and Finch­ley with his two sis­ters, who sur­vive him, and grad­u­ated from the then North Lon­don Polytech­nic as a tech­ni­cal au­thor.

A vol­un­teer in the Is­rael army dur­ing the 1967 Six-Day War, where he met his South African-born first wife, he worked for Elron Elec­tron­ics, liv­ing in Haifa. He re­turned to Lon­don in 1972, in a ca­reer change to fi­nan­cial ad­viser. He was di­vorced some 10 years later. An ama­teur sailor from his teenage boat­ing days in a dinghy, he and his sec­ond wife, An­nie Markin­son, whom he mar­ried in 1989, to­gether with a cou­ple of sail­ing en­thu­si­ast friends, put an ad­ver­tise­ment in the JC, which launched the High Seas Sail­ing Club.

The club, which started in 1989, is af­fil­i­ated to the Royal Yacht­ing So­ci­ety. At its peak it had 150 mem­bers and now has some 130 mem­bers, who plan to sail to take part in Is­rael’s 60th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

As its first vice-com­modore and then com­modore for a three-year term, Michael was in­flu­en­tial in set- ting up its con­sti­tu­tion, im­ple­ment­ing man­age­ment pol­icy and ini­ti­at­ing a full pro­gramme of an­nual events.

His en­thu­si­asm, am­i­ca­ble na­ture and at­ten­tion to de­tail en­sured a sound base for the club’s smooth run­ning. He re­mained on the club’s com­mit­tee un­til two years ago.

De­spite ill health from a blood dis­or­der since 1990, he con­tin­ued work­ing for the Jewish com­mu­nity, tak­ing part in sev­eral Nor­wood bike rides from Galilee to Ei­lat.

He re­cently en­rolled in the Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust but de­te­ri­o­rat­ing health pre­vented him con­tin­u­ing.

He is sur­vived by his wife.

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