McILAVAIN, Charles "Chuck"

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Charles "Chuck" McIlavain


McILAVAIN, Charles "Chuck" ( -2019), casualty in the September 2, 2019 fire aboard the dive boat Conception at Santa Cruz Island.

Charles Mcllavain has been confirmed by family and friends to have been aboard the boat during the deadly fire. Netflix confirmed McIlvain, known as Chuck, was a creative pipeline engineer at the company. Marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, posted condolences on its Facebook page. According to the post, Mcllavain was the organization’s photographer, Jasmine Lord’s husband. “Sea Shepherd is one big family and when one of our own suffers from a tragic loss each and every one of us agonizes along with them,” they wrote. “Our long-time and valued photographer suffered the loss of her husband and best friend in a tragic accident this weekend. Jasmine, in your time of need, please know that you have an entire family of fellow Sea Shepherd brothers and sisters who are sending you good thoughts and we are here for you for anything you need.” Jasmine Lord responded, commenting, “Thank you, my dear family. Charlie cherished every one. Thank you for your support.”

Chuck McIlvain and Marybeth Guiney were dive buddies who lived in the same Santa Monica apartment complex. Often, McIlvain’s wife would accompany them on dive trips, but this time was different as she was not on the trip.

Friends described McIlvain as having a “legendary” personality. Smart, charming and a good sense of humor were traits that commonly came to mind. “His sense of humor was legendary and I thought the world of him,” wrote Joseph Mancha on Facebook. “He just seemed impossibly cool and intelligent… what a magical person.” Culver City Councilman Alex Fisch, also a friend of McIlvain’s adjourned a council meeting in his honor Tuesday night. “He was a radiant bright light in many people’s lives — truly one of a kind — and he is sorely missed,” Fisch said. McIlvain worked for Walt Disney Imagineering and began a new job in April with Netflix, according to his LinkedIn profile.