Ian was a devoted husband and father and upmost in our hearts and minds are his wife and family.
Ian was a faithful, diligent and much-loved parish priest in Llyswen and surrounding area. He was tirelessly committed to serving people and communities. His leadership as Chairman of Governors of the primary school in Llyswen and Gwernyfed High School saw them becoming high-achieving schools.
He lived a person-centred, citizen-focused life long before these principles became fashionable and jargonistic. His belief in the importance of individuals and of society motivated a life-time of public service. This lent itself naturally and easily to a commitment to the voluntary sector, which Ian championed passionately and supported vigorously.
He expressed great pride in being associated with PAVO. He served on our board of trustees and directors for over 20 years, and was Chair from 2005-2008. He was recently re-elected to the position of chair in 2019. He was indefatigable in keeping the organisation’s focus on capacity building and community development.
As well as possessing a keen intellect, Ian was highly educated and loquaciously articulate. Armed with his wicked sense of humour and sharp wit, he contributed incisively to public debate and to partnership decisions.
It is difficult to imagine PAVO without Ian as part of our enterprise. His greatest legacy is the strong organisation he helped to lead and the good spirit in which it operates. We will seek to take forward our work in his spirit.
We celebrate his life, give thanks for the privilege of having known him and bear with pride the pain of his loss.