Ian MUNRO

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Ian Angus Munro CD Captain (ret'd)
Born March 14, 1952 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK – Died September 19, 2013 in Mississauga, Ontario suddenly of a heart attack. Ian is survived by his wife Susan, daughter Heather, son John Angus, mother Margery and brother John. Ian was predeceased by his father Elton (Ernie) Munro, on December 24, 2000, a WWII British 8th Army veteran, who served post-war in the RCAF and The Department of External Affairs. From his early teen years Ian was involved with the Royal Canadian Air Cadets: first as a Cadet WOI for 173 Squadron in Trenton, than as a Captain at 51 Ottawa Optimist Squadron and finally as a Director of the Ontario Provincial Committee of the Air Cadet League of Canada, where he was an enthusiastic supporter of the glider program. His gaining a full pilot's licence at the age of 17 is testament to his love of flying. For over three decades he was a member of the Clan Munro Association of Canada, and was the President of the Association at the time of his death. For this work, Ian was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal this year. He was also a snare drummer in various pipe bands. Since the 1970s, Ian was a member of the Ottawa Optimist Club and the Air Force Association of Canada. Ian was an expert on security matters and worked for many years in that capacity with the federal government for the National Museums of Canada and later in the Ontario Public Service. There is to be no visitation or funeral. There will be a memorial service to celebrate Ian's life on Saturday, October 5th at Saint Thomas à Becket Anglican Church, in Mississauga, at 1 o'clock in the afternoon. There will also be a memorial service in Ottawa, Saturday, November 9th at Barrhaven United Church at 1 o'clock. In lieu of flowers please make donations to The Arthritis Society and The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. Everyone who knew Ian appreciated and loved his great wit, his kind heart, his superb sense of humour, his care for his family and friends, his constant stories alongside a heartfelt dedication to his community, cadets and all things Scottish and Canadian. As Ian would say, "Slàinte maith, h-uile latha, na chi 'snach fhaic! (Good health every day, whether I see you or not!)"

Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Sept. 30, 2013
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