Ken McDonald, 58, beloved husband, brother, son, Pops, step father, uncle, passed away Saturday November 9, 2013 (following a long battle with cancer.) He is preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Wesley McDonald from Walsall England. He is survived by his wife, Terri McDonald of Milton, Fl, brother and sister-in-law Paul & Moira McDonald, Nephew Lee McDonald, Mother Margaret McDonald all from Walsall, England, sister Lynn McDonald, husband Paul Phayzee and Nephew Daniel Phayzee of Birmingham, England, Step Daughter and son-in-law Ashley and Ben Cauble and grandchildren, Gabriel, Noah, Eliana and Judah of McDonough, GA, Step Son Paul Westmoreland of Lawrenceville, Ga, Aunts, Uncles and cousins from England, sisters and brothers-in-law from Georgia, many dear friends from England, Florida, Georgia and Alabama.
He started playing football (soccer) in 1965, playing for many clubs in England and continued his career coaching and training to the very end. His accomplishments include many champion cups and league cups as a player. He and his friend Micky Ross started their own football club which achieved 2 levels below Premier League. His immense knowledge of the game is evident in two Deaflympic gold medals and World Cup semifinals with the USA Deaf Soccer, numerous tournament and state championships with teams from Georgia, Florida and Alabama, six players that he personally trained and coached who now play in professional clubs in England, feature articles in the Soccer Journal, the largest soccer magazine in the USA, invitations to lecture at the NSCAA conventions, qualified and experienced Coerver Coach and staff coach at Berry College Summer Camps to name only a few.
In the words of his players, "Coach Ken is the definition of true coaching, so much more than soccer. Ken left everyone a better person." "His dedication and commitment to players and teams and his deep love for the game and a powerful faith in the potential of his players was immeasurable. So many have benefited from his immense knowledge of the game, more than they even thought was possible."
Ken was a legend in the eyes of his players, friends and family and is greatly missed.
In celebration of Ken's life, services will be held at Navarre Beach, Florida, Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 2:00pm.
FAITH CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME NORTH, 1000 Hwy 29S, Cantonment, FL is entrusted with arrangements. You may express your condolences online at www.fcfhs.com
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