The maritime world mourns the loss of one of its great supporters and benefactors, Sir Donald Gosling

September 26, 2019

Seafarers UK was saddened to hear that Vice Admiral Sir Frederick Donald Gosling KCVO died on 16 September 2019. Sir Donald was a Vice-President of Seafarers UK and gave generously to the charity over many years. His most recent donation supported Seafarers UK’s award winning Marine Engineering schools partnership work with Sea Cadets.

Sir Donald joined the Royal Navy in 1944 and subsequently served in the cruiser HMS Leander. Following his departure from the Navy after the war, he teamed up with fellow ex-serviceman Ronald Hobson to buy a bombsite in London and turn it into a car park. Over the next 50 years, this venture grew into the highly successful business, National Car Parks. Sir Donald was also a long-time advocate, supporter and benefactor of the Royal Navy, including four years as chairman of the White Ensign Association. The foundation he established has supported and rewarded the maritime family from Sea Cadets and veterans to museums and heritage.

Our thoughts and wishes are very much with his family at this time, and Seafarers UK is thankful to Sir Donald Gosling, the Gosling Family and the Gosling Foundation for their commitment and support to the charity over the years.