Capt. John Percival, founder of UK-based JPMA/Hoylake Sailing School Ltd., died in March after a battle with prostate cancer. He was 68.
Familiar to students and boat show attendees around the world for his snow white hair, quick smile and patient guidance, Capt. Percival began providing commercial training to the recreational boating industry in the late 1990s and the school he founded with his daughter, Anna, has grown into one of the largest small-vessel training facilities in the UK, including courses for the yachting, workboat and commercial sectors.
Born on April 6, 1945, Capt. Percival began sailing as a child and had a career in the commercial sector before starting his school in 1996. His daughter will continue its operation, along with a staff of more than 30.
A memorial service was held March 21 in Hoylake. In lieu of flowers, his family has requested donations be made to either the Hoylake RNLI Crew Fund, or Cheshire & Wirral Partnership Charitable Fund – Palliative Care Team.