Let the memory of Ian be with us forever.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Ian Gow . We will remember him forever.

His Celebration of Life will be held at Ashbridge's Bay Yacht Club on Monday, May 20th, from 3 to 6 pm.

Please feel free to write a few words and share any memories or pictures on this site.

Posted by Celia Lum on May 20, 2019
Ian Gow, a dedicated Ashbridges Bay Yacht Cub Member who will be sorely missed! Rest in Peace! Celia & Howard
Posted by Eleanor MacKay on May 19, 2019
I will remember Ian for his generosity, kindness, and of course all his knowledge and many stories about sailing and racing. He will be dearly missed.
Posted by Lauren Stephens on May 18, 2019
Home Is the Sailor Home is the sailor, home from sea: Her far-borne canvas furled The ship pours shining on the quay The plunder of the world. Home is the hunter from the hill: Fast in the boundless snare All flesh lies taken at his will And every fowl of air. 'Tis evening on the moorland free, The starlit wave is still: Home is the sailor from the sea, The hunter from the hill. — A.E. Housman
Posted by Amanda Evans on May 16, 2019
Already been missing Ian sitting at the bar. If he was the RO on Sarah, I would volunteer, unless I was racing. Stories, knowledge, advice - Ian would keep our attention. RIP
Posted by Jim Allen on May 8, 2019
I learned so much from Ian over the years that I'm not sure where to begin. One of my most memorable experiences was several years ago when Ian and I were bringing Sarah back from CORK. We left Brighton in bright sunshine at 8:00 AM. Once we got out of the Bay of Quinte onto the Lake we found ourselves in 8-10 foot following seas which stayed with us all the way to ABYC. We could only stay on a shift for a half hour at a time. I came off of one wave at a bad angle and the knot meter read 24 knots. When we arrived at the Club at 6:00 PM, Ian turned to me and said Good Job Jim. Now you know how to drive the Sarah. Watching Ian slowly declining these pass 6 months on my visits with him has been hard to do. But on the Saturday before he passed away he put out his hand to me for a shake good by and I said see you next weekend. Sadly next weekend never came for Ian. You are gone Ian, but you will not be forgotten. May you always have fair winds at your back as you sail into the great beyond.
Posted by Bob Wilson on May 8, 2019
Ian was truly an amazing person and friend, he actually drove to Key West for Race Week for us 3 years in a row. He looked after us all like he was our father, he handled all the Kitty money and setteled all our tabs at every restaurant and bar we visited, what ever we broke on the boat out on the race course we could just call Ian and it would be there on our arrival back on shore and of course he would have a cooler full of the coldest beer in Key West, he even filled in and sailed with us the first year! Ian had so many good ideas for the club and you could gaurantee that if you had an idea and he liked it, he would talk to evevryone around to drum up support. Lots of good things and improvements happened at ABYC thanks to Ian who was always able to get a collection of funds donated by members to complete something as simple as New Bar Stools, a Fire Place etc. It has been hard for the past 7 Months to walk into the Bar and not see Ian sitting there to shoot the shit with him over a beer or 2! He was a great human being and I will truly miss him:(
Posted by Terry Fagan on May 7, 2019
Ian's willingness to share his knowledge and his experience with everyone he met made him a truly inspirational figure in all his dealings.
Posted by Lauren Stephens on May 6, 2019
Ian was one of the first friends that I made at ABYC who was eager to share his knowledge of sailing to a newbie racer. He was never short of Rambo stories nor kindness. If you ever needed help, he was there.

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