IAN JOHN ROSS. 1940-2007

March 6, 2007 at 11:02 am | Posted in Blogroll, News, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Ian was cremated at the South London Crematorium on the 5th March. Alan, Jim and myself attended the funeral of a friend, and to represent the CMYC of which he had been an enthusiastic member from 2000 to 2002, when he moved from London to Lincolnshire.

Ian was born in London in 1940 and had lived Battersea and then Clapham for most of his life. He moved to Clapham with his parents and brother Keith, continuing to live there after the death of his parents.

In his younger years Ian was interested in motor cycles and sailing, owning a sloop which was moored on the Kent coast. Unfortunately the boat sank at its moorings during a storm.

His brother married and moved away. Ian courted and then married Norita, who he had met when she had nursed his father at the end of a long illness. He continued to live in Clapham and it was then that he took up his interest in sailing again, joining the CMYC in 2002. His 6M boat, “Flipper” was a regular sight at Clapham untill he moved away from London in 2002. “Flipper” is now owned by a fellow Club member.

Ian enjoyed his life in Lincolnshire, in a small village by the sea near Mablethorpe. His one regret was that there was no model sailing club within a reasonable distance. I kept in touch with him by telephone and letter and he was greatly interested in the continuing fortunes of the Club. Ian was destined to enjoy only a short period of happiness in his new life. Within only a few months of moving he suffered a fit of some sort and was in a coma for along time. On recovering from that he was subjected to many tests and was diagnosed as having a brain tumour and various cancers, and was given only a few months to live. He confounded the prognosis by living almost another 15 months, although he deteriorated gradually and ceased to answer my telephone calls, although I did continue to keep in touch by sendind him printouts of our Club web pages. It came as a great shock to hear of his sudden death.  

Our presence at the funeral service was, I think, appreciated by Norita and his brother Keith, with whom Jim and I had a long conversation. There were no flowers at the funeral but donations were invited to be sent to Cancer Research or the Mablethorpe Lifeboat Station. I have chosen the latter as being closer to Ian,s interest in boats and the sea and will send a donation on behalf of myself and the CMYC.  Derek.

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  1. My condolences go out to Ian’s family, while I have only a few memories of Ian I can recall that he was very decent man with a good eye for a well sailed yacht!
    There but for the grace of God….
    Rob.


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