MCAC Honors Kerry L. Dillon, Sea Rover Services

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"I enjoyed working with everyone on this project." - Dave Sirak



Sinking of the Penobscot tug to form Brause Girls Artificial Reef
Cool video from gopros inside the tug boat as it is sinking!
With MCTV's Bob Hogensen
John Burke, MCAC Reefs President
Jessica Garland, Martin County Coastal Resource Assistant

article by Ed Killer, Treasure Coast Newspaper &  


May 2018




Kerry Dillon passed away at home on Monday, June 12, 2017.

We were shocked and deeply saddened by Kerry’s sudden passing.  He was a good husband and father to his children and a good friend. He loved his work and during a speech once we heard him say that when he was under water, in the silence and beauty that surrounded him, he felt totally at peace; as though he were closer to God than at any other time. We hope now that he has found that deep ocean and that he will float in God’s grace. He will always be in our memories.

Our very good friend will be seriously missed by all who knew him, most especially all of us with the MCAC Reef Builders. We loved Kerry, who was always there to help with his incredible enthusiasm for life and all things ocean and diving.

In lieu of flowers Kerry’s family is recommending that it was Kerry’s wish to make contributions in his name to MCAC Artificial Reef Fund



   Letter to Florida Artificial Reef Colleagues from Keith Mille


Saint Lucie County's Memorial Reef for Kerry Dillon
      For details contact Coastal Resources Coordinator
 Jim Oppenborn 772-462-1713. 
Watch video of the deployment: HERE
Friends and relatives in New Jersey Had a memorial service for Kerry
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Squan Beach Life Saving Station, 124 Ocean Avenue, Manasquan, NJ 08736
Our thanks to Kerry's sister Jeannine and brothers Dennis and Larry

This year In honor of Kerry Dillon, who passed away suddenly a week before the Lionfish Roundup, Sea-Life Improvement Project has created the "Kerry Dillon Junior Angler Award" which will be awarded to the junior angler with the Most Lionfish.

The Kerry Dillon Junior Angler Award for the most Lionfish went to Lauren Arrington who caught 5 Lionfish from her paddleboard at the 7th Annual Lionfish Roundup held on June 24, 2017


"What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us."        Kelen Keller

To Kerry’s Friends,

I grew up in the same neighborhood with Kerry in Middletown NJ.  He lived across the street.  We did everything together including getting our diving  certifications when we were in our teens.  We even had a little diving company when we were in High School.  We would recover items lost overboard at local marinas, replace props, cleaned and inspect hulls.  He was in my wedding party.  I just was with him this past November and did a couple of artificial reef dives with him on the Treasure Coast (Ancient Mariner, Berry Patch, Sea Emperor and the United Caribbean).  He will always been in my heart and memory as a great friend!       

Attached are pictures of us growing up!         David Rosenthal

Kerry's FUN videos:
The shark is doing a swim-by...just watching...
A turtle swims up to check out diver Kerry's camera and shows us a barnacle on it's shell!
Kerry came onto a cave with an octopus eye showing.
He left his video camera there hoping to see what the octopus was up to. . . 
Kerry went off with another camera for about an hour.
When he came back for his camera, the octopus was GONE!

Kerry thought the octopus probably just went further into the cave and that he would see nothing when he watched the video. WOW, what a surprise! IT"S HUGE!!!
Click on the picture to read Ed's article
Video of Kerry's Blue Marlin and the Octopus are HERE

Oh, I love it!  This totally captures Kerry's spirit.

Divers loved diving with Kerry – on the surface and underwater.




Photos from Lisa Mongy of an incredible dive trip Kerry organized back in August 2013 to the U.S.S. Muliphen, AKA-61 was commissioned in 1944 as a type C-2 cargo vessel. Became an artificial reef on January 21, 1989.    Coordinates: 27°24.331′N 80°00.337′W

Muliphen Reef, Fort Pierce, Florida

Video of this Muliphen dive event by Michael C. Barnette: HERE

Kerry Dillon and Larry Beggs 2015 in Cuba
Larry is President of Reef Innovations
Our thanks to Carol and John Burke for this link to: