David William Irons, a retired manager of the Holiday Harbor Marina in Marina del Rey, died Monday, May 23rd, at Pomerado Hospital in Poway, San Diego County, from complications of cardiovascular disease and melanoma. He was 86.

He was a sailboat rigger and manager of the Holiday Harbor Marina on Panay Way for more than 30 years.

Irons had a passion for sailing and flying. He enjoyed sailing to Catalina Island and flying with private pilot friends.

After his retirement, he volunteered at the Santa Monica Airport Museum until he moved to Rancho Bernardo.

Irons, who was living in Rancho Bernardo at the time of his death, was born June 15th, 1918 in Salem, Massachusetts. He was the son of the late Eldon and Bertha MacArthur Irons of New Brunswick, Canada.

During World War II, Irons served as a bosun’s mate in the U.S. Navy repairing war ships, primarily in Newfoundland.

During the Depression, Irons worked for the H.P. Hood & Son Dairy as a dairy hand. He eventually became plant superintendent of H.P. Hood & Son Dairy before retiring from the company.

Irons then moved from Marblehead, Massachusetts to Marina del Rey.

Irons is survived by his wife, Ellie Irons of Rancho Bernardo; two sons, Richard H. Irons of Limerick, Maine, and David E. Irons of Wakefield, Massachusetts; two step-daughters, Marsha Bumbalough of Buford, Georgia, and Judy Pollock of Mattapan, Massachusetts; nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Irons is also survived by his first wife, Marjorie Stone Irons of Beverly, Massachusetts.

A memorial service is scheduled to be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 18th, at the boaters’ lounge at Holiday Harbor Cabrillo Marina, 241 Watchorn Walk, Berth 34, San Pedro.

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