Ian Carne passed away peacefully in Victoria at the age of 88 on October 30, 2011. Raised on the farm in Proctor (near Nelson B.C.), he joined the RCAF in 1941 and served with distinction in west Africa, India and Burma until his discharge in 1945. On returning to Canada, he enrolled in the Agriculture Faculty at UBC and received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1949. His entire working career was in the service of the B.C. government, first as a field horticulturist for 20 years in Vernon, Salmon Arm and Abbotsford. His latter 15 years of service were based in Victoria, largely administering agricultural financial programs until his retirement in 1984 as Assistant Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture.
Predeceased by Edna, his wife of 61 years, he is lovingly remembered by his children, Rob (Joan), Les (Sherry), Gary (Diane), Norm and Lynda (Lonnie) as well as grandchildren Tracy, Courtney, Jared, David, Andrew, Dane, MacKenzie and great grandson Christopher; his sister-in-law Mary, nieces Jean and Deborah and her family.
Ian was hard working, honest, and a master gardener with a cheerful sense of humour and a willingness to help out his family and neighbours. He loved his fruit trees and a good game of crib, especially with his agriculture friends’ crib club for many years. He also enjoyed sailing, curling and, along with Edna, was a long time member of the Lakehill Lawn Bowling Club.
His family and friends will be gathering in Victoria in January to remember him. Donations may be made in his honour to the CNIB or Canadian Cancer Society.