Ian's Latest Interactions
David was a real friend of mine at school - he and I were "the mathematicians together". Neither of us were any good at sport, but we were, for several years, the scorekeepers at the sport's days - we could be trusted to add up quickly and fairly (and not add extra points for Danvers - our joint house). I was too "goody-goody" to go to the pub - but instead David and I did discuss the nature of God, and whether physics depends on mathematics or the other way round. When we had left school and university, and I had set up my own company, he was my meticulous accountant for just a year.
Our lives drifted apart, and we didn't see each other for several years - but I was delighted to be invited to his (rather special) 60th birthday party, where Gay and I met his parents and his children - and many other members of his family, and friends.
He will always be remembered as being honest, and thoughtful, and considerate, and polite - as well as intelligent, careful, quiet - and good company.
David will be missed.
Ian married Irene in 1967, not 1964: I remember the date well, because it was on that day I proposed to my girlfried - now my wife for over 48 years. It was because of the overwhelming love that Ian and Irene showed each other that I was blessed to have the courage to propose; and those who knew Ian and Irene later in life, will know that love and care for each other lasted a full half-century.
The world is poorer without you, Ian ("Jim")
...from your friend Ian ("Ned")
It is with great sorrow that I record Ian's passing. He was my dear, dear friend. He was a loyal and loving husband - I was his Best Man, and he mine - and I spoke at his Golden Wedding celebrations just a month ago. He was a father, grandfather, loved family member - and friend. He loved people, and people loved him. He was, in the very best sense of the word, a gentleman.
Rest In Peace, Ian.
Posted on: May 30, 2017 at 10:18 PM
It is with great sorrow that I report the death of Ian Dale, my dear friend of many years. 1945-2017. He was a loving husband: I was his Best Man - and he mine - and I spoke at his Golden Wedding celebration just a month ago. He was a father, grandfather, brother, loved member of his family - and a loyal friend. He loved people, and people loved him. He was, in the very best sense of the word, a gentleman.
Rest In Peace, Ian.
Posted on: Apr 24, 2017 at 5:31 PM
For those of you that know/knew Ian Dale, he is very, very ill at the moment, and I fear he may not last even this month. I have been to see him and Irene - who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the beginning of this month - to squeeze his hand and wish him goodbye.
I shall let you all know when he passes on.
I never had the privilege of being taught in class by "Jock" - I was a "science" rather than an "arts" boy - but one day I was about to pass him in the school hall. A little frightened I addressed him, and asked about two lines in The Waste Land (which - ah, those were the teenage years! - I had just read). He immediately translated them from the German, and told me what they were quoting, and then carried on down the hall, at his fast pace. I thanked him - and I was delighted that he had given me his time. Although it was only 30 seconds, they were a memory I treasure, and for which I shall always be grateful.
A good man, and a good teacher.
Posted on: Jan 27, 2016 at 9:16 PM
Good grief! Who'd have thought it! I am - at last - a grandfather. I know that has nothing to do with the old school - but I thought I'd share my joy with you all. I wonder what Wilson, Harris, Bailey, Henry, Gorman, Stockwell, Middleditch, Wells, Hill, Knight and Lumsdain (with all the others) would think of our conversations here. eh?