His love of music began early on his grandfather’s Yorkshire farm listening from his bed as a young boy to a nightingale in the apple tree; and ended in front of his beloved piano, playing his own arrangement of “I’ll Be Seeing You in All The Old Familiar Places”, from a sudden massive heart attack.
He has been fortunate to pursue, enjoy and often excel at sports (particularly rugby), teaching and writing. He loved the ocean, fishing, reading and, (for the 21 years of her life), his beloved cat Bonnie. He was on the Faculty of Brentwood College School for 32 years and in his personal life was particularly proud of being an Oxford Graduate.
Ivor recently quoted the following poem to Dunja several times before his death which summarizes his life:
Raymond Carver from Rufus Norris, young director at Royal Court:
“And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
Beloved on earth.”
And he was; to his children Nicholas and Alexandra, to his wife Dunja and to the many friends he has made during his 80 years.
A Private Celebration of Ivor’s life will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ivor may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, # 101-1537 Hillside Avenue, Victoria, BC V8T 2C1 Condolences may be sent to the family at www.telfordsladysmith.com