Malcolm "Mal" Blackwood was soft-spoken and gentlemanly. A man who loved sailing and was devoted to his friends, Blackwood, 63, was single and lived alone in his home on Lemans Circle in Pascagoula. But he was not alone in his neighborhood.
His neighbors mattered to him.
He told his brother, Ed Blackwood, on the Saturday before the storm that he would stay for Hurricane Katrina because some of his neighbors were staying, and he didn't want to leave them alone. He died in his home, which flooded. He will be buried in Biloxi National Cemetery next month.
His real love was sailing. He was a past commodore of the Singing River Yacht Club, vice commodore of the Gulf Yachting Association and worked closely with race committees across the Coast.
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"Mal - nobody disliked him," said Dennis Byrd, a fellow sailor. "He was 100 percent your friend."
He also stayed in touch with his brothers and sisters who live on the East Coast.
"He was close to his family," said Ed Blackwood. "He just lived far away."