Ramsgate funeral procession for stepson of John Le Mesurier, actor David Malin

The procession for David Malin led by David Sanger

The funeral of actor, musician and composer David Malin was held in Thanet today (October 20).

Mr Malin was the stepson of actor John Le Mesurier and father to actress Emma Griffiths Malin. He passed away in September aged 59.

He was born in Broadstairs. The family lived in Ramsgate where mum Joan Le Mesurier continued to stay after the death of John in 1983 from cirrhosis of the liver.

David was born on June 10, 1957. His father was Mark Eden – birth name Douglas Malin. He was a student at Christ Church and then Dane Court.

He later also had a property in Ramsgate where he spent a lot of time with his long-term partner. His work included The Unforgettable John Le Mesurier, The Modernista and John Le Mesurier: It’s All Been Rather Lovely.

A funeral procession travelled to Ramsgate seafront, ending outside one of David’s favoured spots – the Belgian Café.

The cortege was led by David Sanger with his horse and wagon.


  1. Sorry to hear this. David was in my class at Dane Court, bright and a bit of a rebel, we got on well.

  2. Beautiful person, taken from us way too soon ! May his memory be a blessing …
    Just one correction in the article, he was born in Broadstairs, but Joan his Mother lives in Ramsgate and has done for many, many years, her and John lived in London Road and after his death in 1983 she moved to Hardres Street where she still lives.

  3. I knew David well – he was a wonderful, larger-than-life character. It was said that, if we had a public conversation, we could be heard in the next street! He died far too young, and I am going to miss him. Whatever afterlife there may (or may not) be, it is certainly going to be a lot more interesting and colourful now. All the best, old chap!

    • Had David been ill or was his death sudden. Some time ago I read an article about him in a Thanet magazine when back on holiday. Was intending to get in touch, but sadly left it too late.

  4. David was my best mate.i loved John And has wife Joan. Met David’s da once over Christmas and they went out I slept over and slept in Jonas bed.have so many good memorys. Joan loved her cats.they took me in with open arms I will never for get my mate David.r.i.p my dear friend.xxxx

  5. My condolences to Joan, I met her a couple of times and have read her books. She is an astounding lady and I wish her well. The last time we met was at the doctors, still going strong and in great form.

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