March 25, 1946 – February 17, 2014
A strong, physically fit and vigorous person, Ian became savagely attacked by cancer and succumbed after a five-month battle.
Ian was a unique man of unlimited talents and “hands-on” experience in so very many life skills. He always had determination to learn and do more, as needs arose. He was a man of sound ethics, morals and values that he learned from his parents then nurtured throughout his life. Ian was loved, admired and respected by most people he knew. He was always ready to help others and his occupational choices reflected that; Aircraft and Structural Firefighter, Volunteer Marine Coast Guard Rescue Seaman and Airport Safety Officer. Even as a teenager, he started out with the Whistler Mountain C.S.P.S. as a Volunteer Ski Patroller after years of Boy Scout training and ultimately, Queen Scout.
After Ian retired from his formal Federal career with the Airports of Terrace, Williams Lake, Prince George and Victoria (where he was Fire Chief for seven years), Ian’s “retirement” projects became Ski Patrol Supervision for Shames Mountain Ski Corp. then later, volunteering his skills (on computer as well as skis) for My Mountain Co-Op.
Ian’s other passion was always marine. He spent five years or so working for Seaspan Towing out of Vancouver, before we relocated to Terrace, BC. It was inevitable that retirement spurred a new joy – kayaking. Playing on the lakes here, riding the rivers (although not whitewater), and as much ocean kayaking as possible in-between ski seasons! In the company of good kayaking buddies, Ian explored the West coast seas from the north tip of Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii, the Central coast, and the waterways around Prince Rupert areas and beyond the Douglas Channel.
Between skiing the Black Diamond runs as many times as possible and coming up close and personal to Humpback whales off the coast, his last years were full and rich and he lived them “his way”.
A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held at our home this spring. Date is yet to be determined.
Ian is survived by his wife, Flicka, daughter Tamie (William Parnell), son Anthony, brother Neil, sisters-in-law Margaret and Dede; and father Frank. We miss him so very much and there is a great gaping hole in our hearts. Our family is so thankful and appreciative of the outpourings of love, comfort and support from all who knew Ian well; with special thanks to his closest, long-loved friends, Randy and Vicki Fowler (Terrace, BC) and Ian Jones (Burnaby, BC). Also, a sincere thank you to Dr. J. Fourie, the oncology staff at Mills Memorial, to Dr. J. Meyburg and especially to the wonderful nurses and hospital staff who were so kind, patient and caring – not only to Ian but to our family as well. Bless you all.
For Ian, “Goodnight Dearest One, we’ll
see you in the morning”.