Ian George William Irons

Born 27/08/1942

Obituary For Ian George William Irons

August 27, 1942 - December 4, 2020

Ian Irons, a long-time resident of Grande Prairie, AB, passed away at the QEII Hospital on Friday, December 4, 2020, at 78 years.

Ian was born August 27, 1942, in Rocky Mountain House, AB, to George and Grace Irons. He was the fifth child of a family of seven. While growing up in Rocky Mountain House, Ian enjoyed playing baseball, fishing and was an active member of the Army Cadets.

In 1960, the Irons family moved to Grimshaw, AB, where Ian worked at the Grimshaw Planing Mill with his father. During that time, he met the love of his life, Mary Rabchak (Irons). Ian and Mary were married on June 30, 1964, in Grimshaw, AB.

In 1965, they welcomed a daughter, Trina, and in February 1966, they moved to Grande Prairie, AB. Ian worked at the Canfor Mill until he started his new job at the Northern Alberta Dairy Pool (NADP) in 1967 at the 102nd Street location. The NADP opened a new plant on August 25, 1971, in the Richmond Industrial Park, where Ian continued to work for 30 years until his early retirement.

In his spare time, Ian enjoyed fishing at various lakes in the Peace Region, calling bingo for the East Hillside Bingo Association, going to the casino, gardening, spending time with one of their Westies, and watching his favourite television shows.

Ian was predeceased by his parents George and Grace Irons, sisters Bunty, Barb, brother Mac, and brother-in-law Bob and Ray. He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 56 years, Mary (Irons), daughter Trina (Allan Tomkins), sisters Meg Price, Heather Moen (Gary), and Yvonne Heitman (Norbert), close friends Sheila Mellon, Ryan Perry (Kelly), Dave and Cathy Georgeson, and Jim Goldsack as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Ian’s family would like to thank Dr. Ojudon and the staff of Eagle’s Medical Centre for their care and compassion, as well as the nursing staff of 3 North during his last days.

There will be a private family viewing held for Ian. Interment will follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Bandage Paws Animal Rescue Association, 12220 104 Avenue, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 8A8, The Lung Association of Alberta, #208 17420 Stony Plain Road, Edmonton AB T5S 1K6 or a charity of your choice.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780 830 7742

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We are very sorry for your loss. Marge Kroeskamp & family
- Marge Kroeskamp
Mary and Family; Sincere condolences regarding the passing of Ian. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. -Gerald and Liz Fritsma
Our deepest condolences . Dan and Jennifer Stuart
- Jennifer Stuart
So sorry to hear. Mary and Trina He was very good person and suffering no more Love from Muriel and family
- Muriel

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