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IAN JAMES STRACHAN It is with sadness we announce the passing of Ian James Strachan on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at the age of 76. Ian passed away peacefully, secure in the love of his family and friends. The elder son of Ruth and James Strachan, Ian was born and raised in Toron to alongside his brother Bruce. Loving husband to his wife Elisa beth Thomas, devoted father of Daria (Christian) and James (Sa mantha), cherished uncle of An drew (Mike) and Christine (Mike), and beloved grandfather to Zoé and Liam Strachan.Upon gradua tion from the University of Toron to, Ian commenced his legal career at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt under the mentorship of future Supreme Court of Canada Justice Bertha Wilson; he specialized in corporate and commercial law during his years in private prac tice. Ian was among the first Vice- Chairs asked to join the (now) Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, and he re mained there for the next 30 years. He found purpose in his work and cared deeply for his second family there. In 1997, he was appointed Chair of the Tribu nal, a position he held until his re tirement in 2016. He was passionate about people with knowledge, wisdom and compas sion; he sought out intelligent pragmatists to join the group. This ultimately endowed the Tri bunal with a reputation for thoughtful and well-reasoned de cisions. In honour of Ian's integri ty, leadership and exceptional contribution to taking care of both Injured Workers and Em ployers of Ontario, he was recog nized with the Ron Ellis award and the Tribunal conference centre was named after him.Ian also loved spending time at Lake Couchiching, and getting togeth er with his hockey teammates. As much as he loved the game, he loved the camaraderie more. He would travel to tournaments near and far with several teams - the Snoopy tournaments in Califor nia, a trip to Helsinki and the USSR in 1981 and The World Fa mous Toronto Hockey Rinkles™ being among his favourite tales. His son James later had the privi lege to skate alongside him as the McSorley to his Gretzky, and his granddaughter Zoé inherited his love of the game, playing now as a competitive goalie.Ian loved to tell a story, doting on his cats, and a post-game beer with the boys (maybe even two, if we're being honest). Ian possessed a terrific - and lightning quick - wit, he was gifted with his pen, pos sessed a near photographic mem ory, and had a deeply ingrained sense of decency. He was, above all else, a good man. We remem ber him as such, and so much more. Due to the current restric tions, a small, private ceremony for Ian's immediate family will be held, with a more inclusive cele bration once restrictions are lift ed. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Alzheimer's Society of Canada, the Canadian Cancer Society, or any other charity emblematic of the man.

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Jul. 25 to Jul. 29, 2020.
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August 16, 2020
I was very saddened to hear the news of Ian's passing.
It was my privilege to work with Ian for 5 years at the Tribunal. Ian was a true gentleman and a scholar, the best boss I've ever known and I truly respected and admired him. We had lost touch in recent years, however I often thought of Ian and have such fond memories of working alongside him during his excellent leadership of the Tribunal.
My sincerest condolences to the Strachan family.
August 3, 2020
Please accept my sincerest condolences on Ian's passing. He is remembered by many at the WSIAT as a formidable, yet compassionate, leader.

Rosemarie McCutcheon

July 29, 2020
I remember Ian very well. I was one year ahead of him at Osler and we were good friends. He was at the firm for just a short time but while there he made a good impression as a dedicated, hard worker and a very nice guy. I'm glad he went on to have a successful career, but sad he died too young. RIP.
Heather Grant
July 28, 2020
I was very saddened to learn of Ian's passing. He was a gentleman and a true leader. I feel vey privileged to have worked under his leadership and I will always remember him for his kind words of support.

Please accept my deepest condolences,


Jennifer Iaboni
July 28, 2020
I won't soon forget the summer I worked closely with Ian, as assistant to the Chair. He never raised his voice. Never really seemed ill-tempered. He welcomed all visitors - whether anticipated or unannounced - with an easy smile. I'm glad to have known him. We've missed his presence since his retirement, but his grandiose spirit carries on.
Sarah Polsinelli
July 27, 2020
Ian at Colonels golf tourny
My thoughts and prayers are with the Strachan family. Ian was a true gentleman and human being. Played hockey with and against him in the MOHL aand remember driving with him to the world seniors hockey tournament in Ottawa. Rest in peace, Ian
John Skalos
July 26, 2020
It is with sadness that I learned of the loss of Ian. My deepest sympathies to his family.

It was a privilege to work for and with Ian at the Tribunal, where I served as a Vice Chair from 1999 until 2018. Ian was an excellent mentor, who encouraged people to do their best, and to be their best. Never compromising in doing "the right thing", not suffering fools, but fair and compassionate to all who needed support, Ian led the Tribunal with integrity. Before becoming Chair, he also wrote many leading decisions which still, years later, shape compensation law.

Moreover, once you got past the occasionally gruff exterior, Ian was a warm and funny man, who enjoyed a good joke over a good glass of wine (or, if we're being honest, perhaps two!).

Long may his memory endure.
Jay Josefo
July 26, 2020
I was appointed to WSIAT as a part-time Vice-Chair in 2006 and worked under Ian's leadership until he retired in 2016. He worked hard to bring out the best in us and he was particularly kind to me at a time when I was experiencing some personal challenges.

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.
Barb Doherty
July 25, 2020
Ian was a good and decent man. It was a pleasure to know him. Deep felt condolences to Liz and family.
Bonnie & Gordon Wilson
July 25, 2020
Ian was an honest, forthright and fierce pragmatist. I had deep respect for him and considered him my friend. He was sometimes too tall for me to talk to, but sitting together with a beer (or two, to be honest) he was a warm and most approachable colleague. He will be missed.
Rob Boswell
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