I run a very small cleaning business called Elite Maids, I was Ian’s cleaner up until recently for over six years, and was extremely saddened to here he had passed away, his neighbor Bev called me on Tuesday the 8th of January, I was so shocked as I have cleaned for him fortnightly for years, and had been Texting him, and left a voice mail on the Tuesday, saying …” hi Ian hope you are well, not sure if you are home or bobbing around in your little boat! lol, let me know when your back and i will come and clean, hope you had a fab christmas!.
Ian would always text me back or reply the same day or the next, so I thought it a little strange, but did not worry as I new he had stuff planned over Christmas, people staying and what not, but when I got the call it knocked me for six, and I will explain why, I have many customers, and a good few are very friendly we can easily chat away for hours ,But Ian was such a great chap! always happy, always made us feel welcome, never once complained. He was one of the nicest people I have ever met. I loved hearing about his debates, protests, interests, and his sailing adventures, I realised very early on that he was very popular, his house was an open house, always people coming and going, lots of story’s to be heard and lots of laughter, he would often tell me about his Stargazing and what he had discovered, talk about where he moored his boat and the adventures he had been on, also riding his racer bike.
I know he loved his music , there were often reggae cd’s lying about, and i know he liked a good smoke! lol, not sure if he knew i knew though!. But I was lucky enough twice to sit at that table in the kitchen for a coffee, first time was in January 2009, I was getting married on the 31st and was having trouble with layout of my order of service, Ian said bring it over on a USB and i will see what I can do! , as you can imagine it was a piece of cake for him, he fixed the problem ! and the order of service looked fab!. Second time it was my lap top! he stripped it back to basics, got rid of the virus, and it worked like a dream.
I often texted him with my computer issues and he always found a solution!, that was Ian, nothing was ever too much trouble. when he called me to give a quote for cleaning the house all those years ago, I will never forget him saying, I just need the house up together so unfortunately it will not be long term!, but it turned out it was, and I loved cleaning that house, then he had the loft done, and mac would often come and paint, it was lovely hearing them chatting together and laughing, there were others that spent a lot of time in Ian’s house, H and others I never knew by name, but I would just like to say that I for one will miss him a lot, and I think that it is so cruel he was taken so soon, but I am also very honored that I had the opportunity to work for and know such a wonderful man, as are my cleaners that knew Ian as well, Lyn, Sarah and Clair, so rest in peace Ian sail on! and party hard, I will never forget you….