September 3, 1948 – May 2, 2021
Mackenzie, Ian Elliot born in Revelstoke, BC on 03 September 1948 passed away peacefully, with his two children at his side, Sunday 02 May 2021 in the Palliative Care Unit at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.
A kind and thoughtful person, Ian was unfailingly supportive and encouraging. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Ian enjoyed his days talking to his kids and grandkids, taking drives to the beach, keeping up with his diaries and in touch with old friends.
He had a thirst for knowledge and history, always with his nose in a book, one could always count on him for excellent book recommendations.
Born and raised surrounded by mountains in Revelstoke, Ian moved to Vancouver Island in 1966 to attend University of Victoria. Once on ‘The Rock,’ it was hard to get him off, always looking for opportunities to allow him to stay, falling in love with the ocean and scuba diving.
He enjoyed a 40-year career in Corrections, starting as a Parole Officer with Corrections Service of Canada, then 36 years as a Probation Officer for BC Corrections.
His career provided opportunities to travel all over The Island and surrounding Coast and to be blessed with wonderful supportive colleagues and friends.
Ian was predeceased by his loving wife Kathleen, mother Dorothy and father John.
He is survived by his two children John (Melinda) and Moragh; three grandchildren Lily, Madden, and Bowan; sisters Pam (Michael), Elizabeth (David) and Jane (Adam); and many nephews and nieces.
Ian will be remembered for the immense pride he had for his family, his kind and loving spirit, and his dry humorous wit. A warm thank you to the wonderful friends and family for their love and support and to the compassionate health care providers who looked after Ian in the last year of his life.
A heartfelt thank you to the wonderful nurses Laura, Jennifer, and Coral of the Palliative Care Unit for taking such good care of us and our Dad in his final days.
Given Public Health Guidelines, there will be no service and a private gathering will be held when deemed safe to do so. In lieu of a service, please donate to the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation, Nanaimo Community Hospice, or the BC Cancer Agency.
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