By Dave Hall

By Dave Hall

16th July 2021

It is with great sadness and shock that we learned of the death of Malcolm following a short illness.
Malcolm was one of the original Seahorse members during its inception in late 1996. He was a larger than life character. His love of photography matched his love for diving.
Malcolm had dived all round the UK including west coast of Scotland (Mull) North East England (Farne Islands), Pembrokeshire, West Wales and The Scillys, several excursions to the Red Sea, and many, many visits to Lyme Bay either on a rib or off of Miss Patty.
Malcolm, along with his Brother Paul were a great comedy duo (maybe un-be-known to themselves). Malcolm was fun to be around with his cheeky smile! I once noted on his attire whilst in Egypt “you’re looking stylish Malc.” His reply was “yes, socks and sandals go really well don’t they Dave!”
We were in Lyme Regis one time, my family joining the dive party and staying in a rented apartment there. We saw Malcolm walking past and called him in to have a cup of tea with us. He wasn’t diving that day because of his back and he came in and laid out horizontal on the floor whilst our young children were stepping and jumping over him!
Malcolm was unmissable whilst diving in his bright yellow and blue RoHo dry suite. 90% of his diving was spent as a buddy with Paul, but we did notice that Malcolm only tended to do one dive. The reason for this became apparent when a few years back, Malcolm had a heart attack scare and following checks, it was found he had a hole in the heart as I did. Unfortunately, his PFO and other health issues curtailed Malcolm’s diving activities. The great thing was that Malcolm didn’t lose contact with us, he stayed around the Club, came to social functions and kept in contact with all his previous buddies from the past 25 years.
Malcolm’s passing is a great loss to all who knew him and especially to his Brother Paul and his Family. I, for one will never forget his dry sense of humour and his smile.
Malcolm Cole
Calm seas and fair winds my Friend. Rest in Peace.