This past September, 53 year-old Ian Fowler was diagnosed with cancer, and he passed away at The Moncton Hospital on November 5, 2011. Ian was a good friend of many folks in OCA. In the 1980s and 1990s when the CCA/ACC travelled often to New Brunswick for meetings and events, Ian was the consummate host. His leadership in camping included cub camp at Camp Shenstone, the development of Camp Centennial in the city of Moncton, and when he first joined the city of Moncton as an employee, he was hired as an outdoor recreation coordinator. Thirty-one years later, Ian had become the city’s General Manager of Economic Development, Tourism and Culture. He was instrumental in transforming Magnetic Hill into a major concert site and helped attract significant sporting events to the region. Ian was active in the New Brunswick Camping and was President of The Canadian Camping Association / Association des camp du Canada in the mid- 1990s. Ian’s friends said goodbye in a moving service at St. John’s United Church on November 9, 2011. Ian leaves behind Susan, his wife of 26 years, and daughters Amy and Laura.
I had the chance to speak with Ian on the phone 10 days before his death, and he told me his memories of times with his camping friends meant more to him than we will ever know.
Jane McCutcheon, Past President CCA/ACC