Sadly Ian Garwood passed away shortly after coming ashore at the Datchet Flyer yesterday. Thoughts to his family. Ian was a big part of the class and will be missed.
Yes it was a sad end to a sunny force 2 - 3 day on Datchet Water. Hard to believe he is gone. Some fond memories over the years of a gentle and kind person, but great competitor. Last time I sailed with him was actually in the B14 rather than Merlin at Datchet a few years ago. As they say only the good die young. The world of sailing will be a lesser place without him. Thoughts to the Family and Jeremy who was with him at this time
Was lost for words when I heard As everybody says he was just a really nice person and I always enjoyed our chats about sailing and all things over a few glasses of wine looking over an Avon sunset
Had to re-read this. I can't believe it. I'm so sorry to hear we have lost Ian in the prime of his life. I've known him since the eighties and he was always a nice, engaging guy. Sail on....
Very sad news -many memorable years of racing against him our thoughts with Jan and family
Very sad news, thoughts are with his family. Such a nice guy.
Joe's just told me the news and I'm in shock. As above, such a warm, caring and genuinely lovely man. Can't quite believe it. Big love to all of Ian's family. Xxx
Such a shock. It's all been said - a lovely man with a wry sense of humour. Sincere condolences to all family and close friends who sailed and socialised with him. Thanks for the sailing tips Ian - they live on...
I'm glad he had been doing something he loved, will miss him.
Rod & Jo
Throw a pebble into a pond……
I was deeply saddened apon hearing this news and in fact, still am. Genuine, very kind and extremely friendly. Win or lose on the water, he was always happy, always smiling. At such a young age it really puts things into perspective-do what you like doing best with those that you love most. If there is an open service-can someone post the details, please? I'd like to attend. My thoughts to his family.
Deeply saddened with the loss of Ian. Muhammad Ali quote
Ben and Louisa Archer
Louisa and I are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of a lovely, true friend. Our love and heartfelt condolences to Janine and the rest of his family.
This is hard to believe. Ian was a lovely guy a pleasure to sail against, a pleasure to drink with or just chat to. What a shock. My thoughts are with Jannine and the family.
Pat and Jilly Blake
Like others on this thread when we heard this news it was truly sad. Ian was indeed a lovely, kind and very intelligent man. He would always pop up at different venues and be his friendly, quiet, thoughtful self. He clearly loved sailing and was always there to help. Our thoughts go out to Janine and his family too.
A sad loss to a well respected person. He will be greatly missed. My condolence goes to all his family especially at this time of the year.
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I realise now that this contact is sadly too late.... I used to work with Ian at Hexagon of Highgate BMW about 30 years ago, and we used to spend our lunchtimes discussing all thing sailing and Merlins, I raced a 5000 at the time and Ian asked me to Wembley to take a ride in a Merlin, I never managed to buy a Merlin back then but did buy Savage last year. I was trying to get in touch with Ian to swap stories and now realise that Ian has passed and I am astonished sad and sorry. What a great guy to have known and my condolences to his family. We did have a laugh and whether it was cars or boats the discussion was always entertaining. Goodbye my friend even if it is late.