It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a devoted son, husband, father and grandfather.
Ian passed away at the Campbell River Hospital after a short, courageous battle with cancer. His family and many friends were a constant presence in his hospital room over his last few days.
Ian was predeceased by his father John Russell and his sister Evelyn Von Melville. He is survived by his loving wife Lynn, his mother Evelyn, son John (Nicole), daughter Angela (Andrew), stepson Steven (Amy), stepdaughter Jennifer and grandchildren Bradley, Mackenzie, Tyler, Kayla, Jessica, Allison, Ian, Aaliyah and Gabrielle.
Ian spent his working life at the Elk Falls Pulp and Paper Mill, retiring several years ago during the shutdown. Ian also spent several years in residential construction, building houses on his days off from the mill. The many friends he met during those days remain friends to this day.
Ian enjoyed his hunting, fishing and camping, but most of all, spending time with his family and friends.
The family would like to extend a very special thank you to the medical staff at the Royal Jubilee Hospital 8th floor, Drs. Prinsloo, Morrison and Kask, the Campbell River Hospital Cancer Care Clinic, and nurses of 3 North for their kind and devoted care.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cancer Van, Masonic Community Charities Fund, c/o 3589 Country Club, Dr., Nanaimo, BC, V9T 1T8.
A memorial service will be held on March 24, 2016 at 2pm at the Masonic Hall, 2905 Island Hwy., Campbell River, BC