Kenneth Marshall

Ken Marshall
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KENNETH Marshall, who spent his life in the shipbuilding industry, predominantly with one of Yorkshire’s noted firms, has died aged 70 after losing a short battle with cancer.

Mr Marshall was born in Cawood, near York, the elder son of Ernest and Greta Marshall, but moved in his early years to Wistow, near Selby, where he spent his youth.

He was educated at a local primary school and Archbishop Holgate Grammar School, York, before pursuing a career which embraced his passion for ships and the sea.

He followed in the footsteps of his grandfather and father, working at Cochrane Shipbuilders in Selby, starting in the drawing office as an apprentice draughtsman, then advancing to the design office. Throughout his apprenticeship he attended Hull College of Technology where he studied naval architecture, during which time he was awarded the Richard Dunston Design Award – Dunston’s being another of Yorkshire’s noted shipbuilders until operations ceased in 1994 – and the Billmeir Shipwrights’ Award from the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights.

Mr Marshall went on to hold the positions of production manager, production director and finally managing director in 1987, managing both the Selby and Goole yards. He also managed the firm through the ownership of two holding companies before it suffered from the decline of UK ship building in 1993 leading to closure of the yard.

But he continued his career in shipping, managing operations in Hull, Swansea, Gravesend and Felixstowe. He was a member of numerous maritime institutions and associations, and was awarded the Freedom of the City of London. He became a member of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights in 2006.

Mr Marshall married his wife Kathleen in 1964 and designed and built their first family home in Carlton, near Selby. Following retirement in 2007 he set about designing and building his second home, moving back to Wistow in 2009.

Away from shipbuilding he also had a passion for music, and was also a keen reader and spent a lot of time game shooting with his grandson Louis.

He is survived by his wife Kathleen, children Helen and James, grandchildren Annabel, Louisa, Jordan and Louis, and his younger brother Leslie.

A funeral service will be held on Monday at 11am in Wistow Church.