McLEOD, Ian Ewan passed away peacefully to be with the Lord on April 19, 2011 at Kelowna Hospice surrounded by family. Ian was born on July 27, 1927 in Stewart, B.C., the northern mining town that would be his home for most of his life. He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Vivian, daughter Nancy (Mihael Aksmanovic) and son Robert (Kristy Emery). He was the eldest of four children born to parents John and Catherine McLeod, predeceased by sisters Isabel and Janet, survived by brother and best buddy Donald (Christa). He is remembered by nieces and nephews Catherine McLeod-Seltzer, Bruce McLeod, John MacKay, Jean Alton, David Miller, Jennifer Woods and Rick Sanderson. Ian was Shenner to adoring grandchildren Tori, Marcus, John and Kate. Ian served in the Canadian army during WWII; following his discharge, he spent the late 1940's and early 1950's working as a miner and shift boss throughout British Columbia and Yukon. From 1952 to 2001 he proudly owned and operated the King Edward Hotel in Stewart, B.C. Ian served as mayor of Stewart for 15 years, and was an active leader for northern B.C., particularly in mining and resource development. In 2006, he published the stories of the mining pioneers in northwest B.C. titled Prospectors, Promoters and Hard Rock Miners. Throughout his life, Ian enjoyed the family cabin at Meziadin Lake, fishing, reading and numerous international travels. Ian was a very special man to the thousands who lived and worked in the Stewart -Hyder, Alaska area. He was gentle, caring and kind to everyone, and never hesitated to help those in need. He will be loved and remembered always. A celebration of Ian's life will be held at the Boal Chapel, 1505 Lillooet Road on May 9, 2011 at 2:00PM in North Vancouver, B.C.
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