At Ian’s Celebration of Life on Saturday March 30th, Chris’s daughters, Meghan and Shauna gave a wonderful talk based on the philosophy of our great friend Ian. Here it is.
If Ian offered a master class on living your best life, this would be the curriculum:
* You don’t have to grow up if you don’t want to.
* When it comes to ice cream, resistance is futile
* Bugs are your friends.
* Be eccentric now. Don’t wait to be old to wear a Tasmanian devil shirt
* Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will, stay in touch.
* Its never too late to meet your soul mate
* Be you, be genuine.
* Love unconditionally
* Your children only get one childhood. Make it memorable
* Don’t take yourself seriously, no one else does
* Saturday mornings are for monster pancakes and remote control cars
* You are never too young to drive a tractor
* Maple syrup is the 5th food group. Its like franks red hot – you put that shit on everything. Or in everything
* Life is too short to waste time hating anyone
* Collect the souvenirs. One can never have too many mugs, salt and pepper shakers, and figurines
* There is always a purpose for every old vacuum (pause) and teapot
* never believe what you see on the outside
* you can eventually break a dietician to buy chips and eat them
* be an encyclopedia , you’ll need that when you have grandkids. Or keep 4 sets of them in your basement
* Eat the pie – pecan pie. Sorry, pe-caan pie. Pee can is what you keep under the bed.
* Love the earth.
* Pick a former club champion to be your two man partner. To clafiry, Golf two man partner.
* Even when your breaks fail, you can still finish route 66.
* Collect friends, like figurines. Never get rid of them.
* Never blame anyone in life. The good people give you happiness. The worst people give you a lesson. The best people give you memories.
* The key to a good wine deal is to find a rating over 90 under the price of 20 dollars.
* You can find a use for everything. Even tomatoes. Why grow them if you don’t eat them?
* Every problem can be solved. Accept the challenge and surprise everyone.
* Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
* Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift
Ian embodied all of these things. He was kind and caring. He welcomed everyone in to his life and his home. He was compassionate, patient and made you feel at ease.
He makes us want to be a better person.
Our parting words are : be the things you loved most about Ian and put some maple syrup in it.