Veitch, Ian - We announce with great sadness but wonderful memories, the passing of Ian Alexander Martin Veitch at age 74, on Friday, September 7, 2012. Born and raised in London, Ontario, Ian met the love and soul mate of his life, Diane (Madill) and embarked on a 55 year voyage of love, respect, devotion and much adventure. Ian worked with Bell Canada for 11 years before he turned his amazing technical skills and incredible rapport with kids into a 31 year career as a high school technical teacher with the Thames Valley School Board. There, he was known and respected for his quiet integrity and his compassionate ear. After retirement as a teacher, Ian was part of the leadership team for several years at Belair Office Products, a manufacturing company based in London. Ian served for many years as an Elder and youth group leader at Byron United Covenant Church, taking on different leadership roles. He was a pillar of strength to his family and bestowed his energy, unconditional love, patience and support upon his wife, children and grandchildren to the end. Remaining to honour and remember great times together are his cherished wife and best friend, Diane, and their children, Brenda (Paul Scriven), Valerie (Rodney Lover), Gregory (Christa), and Allison (Mehdi Ladrouz), all of London. Proud Grandpa to his 10 grandchildren, who keep precious memories and know that they held a special place in his heart. The family is especially appreciative of our wonderful homecare nurse, Eva Gyacskov-Melter, and indispensable sister-in-law, nurse Gail, CCAC, and the VON. Our family is grateful for family, friends, and neighbours who have shown their support and helped to make it possible for Ian to spend his last days in his own home. Your efforts have been nothing short of incredible and a huge blessing to our family. A service of celebration will be held at Byron United Covenant Church on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 11 a.m. with a visitation commencing at 9:30 a.m. before the service. Memorial contributions can be made to the Ronald McDonald House, Byron United Memorial Fund, or a charity of choice.
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