Ian Bain

Born in Toronto in 1923, died in Maple Ridge, BC, August 3rd, 2016. Beloved husband of Lorna, proud father of Kirsty, David and Deirdre. Devoted grandfather of Michael, Kym, Jonathan, Tyra and Alanna. Loving great grand”pa” to Everly. Brother to Moyna, Sheila and the late George.

Ian served in the RCAF 1942-1945 as a pilot in Canada and the UK. Post war he attended Carleton College Ottawa (BA) and U of T (MSW). Ian’s social work career involved field work in Northern Ontario with the Childrens Aid Society and as an inspector in the Social Welfare Department of the Ontario Government. He received an appointment to the Government of Hong Kong as Assistant Director of Social Welfare. It was here he developed an insatiable appetite for travel, Asian art, and Chinese food. On return to Canada and until his retirement Ian was Executive Director of the Ontario Easter Seal Society. He was an active member of the Rotary Club of both Toronto (Royal York) and Vaughn and an honorary member of the Variety Club. Ian was past President of the Vancouver Air Crew Association. For his many years of community service Ian received numerous citations, plaques and medals. He was Honored to be recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow.

Ian will be remembered for his sense of humour, his gift of writing and public speaking, his integrity and values, his principles of fairness, forgiveness and equality and his lifelong commitment to the empowerment of those less fortunate. No service by request but in remembering Ian and his life well lived, be kind to one another.

Expressions of sympathy can be made below.

Contact information:

Garden Hill Cremation and Funeral Services, 11765-224th Street, Maple Ridge, BC V2X 6A5, Canada - Phone: (604) 463-8161 Fax: 604-463-2929 Email: info@gardenhill.ca

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  1. Lorna & family: My deepest sympathy to you and your family. He will be missed by many. I know that you were moving when I called for your birthday. Let me know your new address. You are all in my prayers. Much love Nancy Rowe

  2. Barbara FitzPatrick :

    Lorna: My sincerest condolences to you and your family.
    Warmest regards.

  3. Roger Hayward Past District Governor :

    It was such a privilege to work with Ian on the Rotary District Foundation committee in Toronto during the 1980’s . This was a time of education for Rotarian’s of the important of the Foundation and its far reach into many poor countries . Ian contribution to this was substantial and played a large part in growing the World Foundation as major World Foundation . He used to give of his time tirelessly . There were many occasions when he went to Rotary clubs across the District promoting this work plus part of presentations at the annual District Conferences . During this time the Foundation took on the work of being the leader in the irradiation of Polio which should occur in the next 5 years. Happy memories of a wonderful caring man

  4. My deepest condolences to Lorna and the rest of the family. Ian will be truly missed. He was a wonderful, caring man who always had a kind word and brought a smile to my face. After almost ten years, I will miss our weekly visits. Thinking of you. Love Laurel Ross

  5. Catriona Maloney :

    Dear Moyna and Sheila: Please accept sincere condolences on behalf of the late Janet and Bob Mowbray (George’s neighbours in Mahone Bay). Mum and Dad always enjoyed visits from the “Bain brood”.

  6. Susanna Smith :

    Dear Sheila: I happened upon Ian’s obit quite by chance. Although you and I worked alongside one another for just a year, ‘way back’ during those ‘ACA on Bay’ days, I remember that you spoke of Ian often and I know you were close. My sincere sympathy. Hugs, Sue (Smith)

  7. On behalf of everyone at Easter Seals Ontario, I’d like to express my sincerest condolences to members of Ian’s family and his friends. We have a current long-serving staff member who fondly remembers Ian as a very kind man and someone who cared deeply about the services and programs needed by children with physical disabilities and their families.

    We are grateful for his work as a champion of children and youth with physical disabilities and for his service to Easter Seals Ontario, which dates back to the 1950’s through to 1988, when he retired from the organization.

    Even after retiring, Ian continued to stay involved as a volunteer and left a lasting legacy to the organization when he organized a group of volunteers to help write a detailed history of Easter Seals Ontario for the occasion of its 75th anniversary in 1997, a document we continue to refer to even today.

    Sincere regards,

    Carol Lloyd
    President & CEO
    Easter Seals Ontario

  8. To Mrs. Bain, Deirdre and siblings David and Kirsty,
    My sincerest condolences on the passing of Mr. Bain. I read his obituary in the newspaper last weekend. Even though it has been many years since Deirdre and I have been in touch, I still remember the generosity and warm welcome that I always received when I visited her family home in Thornhill. My thoughts are with you Deirdre and the entire Bain family,
    With love,
    Angie (friend from university)

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