December 29, 2018
Ian Albert Carley passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 29th, 2018 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Born in New Zealand in 1934, Ian immigrated to Canada in the late 50’s as a teacher of English and Art. After meeting his wife Joan (also a teacher) they settled in Cranbrook to raise their family. For 30 years, Ian enjoyed teaching at Mount Baker Secondary School where he touched the lives of many students. A prolific artist and painter, Ian’s work was often inspired by his love of the East Kootenays. And as an avid skier, he was always happy to spend weekends on the slopes of Kimberley Alpine Resort.
Predeceased by his wife Joan, Ian is survived by son Sean and Sean’s partner Jay, daughter Sara and grandson Kieran, daughter Jill and her husband Mark, and sister Susan and her husband Tony in New Zealand. He will be truly missed by family and friends for his clever sense of humour, his kindness, and his calm and gentle soul.
The Carley family would like to thank Dr. David Lenz for his compassionate and consistent medical care over these past years. A great deal of thanks is also owed to the staff and care-aids at Joseph Creek Care Village who helped make his final years comfortable.
A memorial will take place at a later date in the spring of 2019. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Parkinson Society British Columbia.
Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service. Condolences for the family can be offered at: www.mcphersonfh.com.