Ian came to Thurnby in 1961 to run his father’s pharmacy business in nearby Evington. He wasted little time in finding out the ringing situation locally and, with his eldest son Chris, soon became a welcome addition to the band, and continued to be for just fifty years. He previously rang at St Jame’s Sutton Hull. He only rang four peals, all at Thurnby, but also numerous quarter peals of which we don’t have full record. As far as I can ascertain the first here was half-muffled in memorium Sir Winston Churchill. In 1976 we rehung and augmented our bells with the ringers doing the donkey work, dismantling and lowering the old frame in the middle of that heatwave summer was dirty and thirsty work but Ian entered into the project with great enthusiasm and also became official photographer.

Ian was a most reliable and conscientious person and always had a smile on his face.

He lost his first wife Joyce in tragic circumstances but remarried and only recently celebrated his second silver wedding with his second wife Anne.

He was also a member of the School Of Advanced Motorists. When he applied to renew his insurance he wasn’t given his normal discount. On inquiring why, he was told it was because he had taken his test too long ago, so he immediately retook the test and passed with flying colours. Whether he got the discount isn’t known!

He has left a big gap in the Thurnby band which will be difficult to fill.

Our sympathies go to Anne, his children and step-children.

Julian Pawley
Thurnby, Leicestershire

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