BIRNIE, Ian Alexander
April 12, 1929 to November 11, 2011
Ian was predeceased by his Father Richard and Mother Catherine; by his wife, Norma in 1994. Sisters: Francis and Cathy. Survived by daughters: Alexis Birnie (Gary), Charlene Henderson (Dennis). Sons: Brian Birnie (Lisa), Robert Birnie (Natasha). Grandchildren: Marci Birnie (Kraige), Chelsea Birnie, Ashley Henderson, Lorin Birnie, Sarah Henderson, Bradley Birnie, Tegan Clayton, and Ryan Birnie. Great grandchildren: Hannah and Logan. Brother: Gregor Birnie.
Ian was born in Scotland and later immigrated to Canada. In 1951, he moved with his wife, parents, and siblings to Courtenay where he decided to build a house and raise a family. As an automotive partsman, Ian worked at Seale and Thomson, Nib Johnston Motors, Mike Finneron Pontiac, and Barrs Mobile Homes. Ian was very interested in his community, serving as Alderman for the City of Courtenay in 1960.
He liked to curl, play bagpipes, fish, and drive his sons to hockey and baseball. When Ian retired, he enjoyed family vacations, but mostly his time at home. He also enjoyed sitting outside on his deck with a beer and soaking up the sun. Ian will be missed by all of his family and friends.
Special thanks to Dr. Reggler, Connor in the ER Dept. At St. Josephs, and the West Home Care nurses. Also, Gregor Birnie, Dave and Carla Eliason for all their help through the years.
No flowers by request, but donations to the Comox Valley SPCA, Comox Valley MS Society, or your favourite charity would be appreciated.
There will be an Open House Celebration of Life to be held on Saturday, November 26th, 2011 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm; with a eulogy at 6:15pm at Crown Isle Resort, Main floor Ball room, 399 Clubhouse Drive, Courtenay, B.C.