Ian Melville Wraight
September 15, 1946 – December 20, 2015
With deep sadness I announce that Ian passed away at his home in 108 Mile Ranch on December 20th at the age of 69. Ian was immensely kind, sensitive, generous and thoughtful. Those who knew him well recognized that he had the soul of a poet. Although known for his keen intellect and dry sense of humour, he lived a quiet, mostly solitary life in the company of his animals. For the past 8 years, he was utterly devoted to his Belgian Shepherd Morley who, happily, has found a new home.
Ian grew up in Fort St. James and, after living in Vernon for several years followed by a brief stint in Fort Nelson, he moved to Vancouver in the early 1980s. He spent most of his career with the Industrial Development Bank, but in 1989 he traded in his three-piece suit for a ball cap and sneakers to venture into his own business, a Nutri-Lawn franchise which he operated until his retirement in 2013.
Ian was an avid catch-and-release fisherman and spent many hours with his fishing buddies on the lakes and rivers of the North Okanagan and the Cariboo.
Ian was predeceased by his father Walter (1979), and his mother Betty (1989). He is survived by his sister, Kathie Wraight of Sechelt, BC. Ian will be sorely missed by his Nutri-Lawn family and his many life-long friends.
A memorial service will be held in the Lower Mainland in early Spring, with a second farewell in Fort St. James sometime during the summer.