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Fiche créée le : 2004-10-13
Père : Christopher GRAVE
Mère : Georgina GERRAD
Décès le : 2004-10-13
Parution : 2004-11-13
Paru dans : The Recorder & Times, Brockville, ON

Ian Grave, 82 Ian Smith Grave, 82, retired military pilot and Brockville real estate agent, died October 13, with family members at his side, at Brockville General Hospital after a brief illness. Born in Chester-le-Street, north of the city of Durham, Durham County, England, in 1922, he was the youngest of five sons of Christopher Grave and his Scottish wife, the former Georgina Gerrard. He was educated at Pannal Ash College in Harrogate. After a brief employment period with Barclays Bank, he enlisted in the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1942. He was sent to Canada where he trained under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. He became a staff pilot and instructor serving the RAF in Trenton, Kingston and Debert, Nova Scotia. He returned to England where he was assigned to the far east, flying Mosquitoes. He earned the Burma Star and Defence of Britain medals. After the war he emigrated to Canada, serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1953 to 1961, continuing his career as a flying instructor and test pilot, followed by a period in Air Transport Command, which took him to the Congo, Greece and Italy, among other destinations. In the early 1960s he settled in Brockville and became a respected and successful real estate broker, eventually establishing his own business. He served on a number of boards and committees in the area. He enjoyed playing golf while he was able and was an avid rugby and tennis fan. He was a member of the 450 Wing of the RCAF Association and the Royal Canadian Legion. When he turned 80, he was asked what he would like to accomplish in the next decade. He said he wished that he could have a reunion with two old wartime friends and colleagues from the Kingston, Debert and Burma days, namely Alan Bain, of Cheltonham, England, and Arthur Pardoe, of Kidderminster, England. Through the generous efforts, in time and hospitality, of his nephew, Christopher and his wife Alison, he realized his dream last June in Scotland. Predeceased by his first wife, the former Marion Mitchell, and his four brothers, he is survived by his wife Rita Grave, his daughter Christine and son-in-law David Panet and grandson Dylan of Brampton, stepchildren Daniel, Michele, John, Michael and Ted Healey, and stepgrandchildren Charlotte, Rachel, Emma and Maxwell. He is also survived by his dear nephew Christopher and his wife Alison of Perthshire, Scotland. A private cremation was held and a memorial service will be held at a future date. Memorial donations were directed to the Brockville Public Library Roots and Wings Fund. Published in Section b, page 7 in the Saturday, November 13, 2004 edition of the Brockville Recorder & Times. Posted 10:07:30 AM Saturday, November 13, 2004.


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