Born Toronto, Ontario, November 9, 1927
Passed away February 13, 2015, Comox, B.C
Ivan came to Victoria in 1986 after serving as Commissioner of Personnel and Public Relations for the former City of York (Toronto). He was past Clerk Treasurer, Village of Forest Hill (Toronto), past president of the Rotary Club of Forest Hill 1973-1974, and member of the Rotary Club of Victoria and Courtenay.
Ivan had been an elder of the Presbyterian Church since 1953 and was an Elder in Wychwood, Presbyterian Church Toronto, St. Andrews Aurora, Ontario and Knox Presbyterian Church, Victoria where he served as Clerk of Session since 1989 and Representative Elder to the Vancouver Island Presbytery. He was elected the first Lay Moderator of Presbytery and served from Jan. 25, 1994.
Ivan married Laura in 1974 and in 2000 they moved to Courtenay where they transferred their membership to Comox Valley Presbyterian Church. Ivan served on the finance committee where his background and experience, along with his knowledge and history with regard to The Presbyterian Church in Canada were welcomed.
Throughout Ivan and Laura’s marriage of 40 years, they have travelled to many places – not only within Canada – but to 55 countries including Palestine, Israel and Taiwan. Theirs was a partnership that brought much joy to each.
Ivan is survived by his wife of 40 years; cousin Richard Corner and his family in Lindsay, Ontario; cousin Bonnie Oxtoby Holt and her family of London, Ontario; dear friend of 60 years Don Wilson; along with many friends and Church family members both on the Island and across the country who have walked the walk of faith with both he and Laura.
Ivan wished to die at home and that was made possible due to the collaboration and compassion of multiple healthcare professionals two of whom include Dr. Potter-Cogan and Heath Care Worker Marlene Louch. Thanks to all who provided assistance in such a variety of ways during Ivan’s illness.
A Memorial Service will be held at Comox Valley Presbyterian Church, 725 Aspen Road, Comox on Saturday, February 28th at 2:00pm. Flowers gratefully declined. In consideration of donations to the Memorial Fund at Comox Valley Presbyterian Church which would be received with appreciation.
Well done good and faithful servant!