Ivan Joseph Purdie
  • 47 years old
  • Date of birth: Apr 1, 1968
  • Place of birth:
    West Sussex, United Kingdom
  • Date of passing: Oct 5, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Cambridge, United Kingdom
Go for it!

Thank you for visiting Ivan's memorial page. It is hard to believe a year has gone by without him. It has been a difficult year but we have tried to live it the way Ivan would have wanted. We are grateful to everyone who has supported us all in so very many ways. Thank you.

As our journey without Ivan continues, we will keep his bright light shining through Go4it, the non-profit organisation we have created in his memory.  Go4it's mission is to help people impacted by injury, illness and loss to overcome the obstacles they face and realise their full potential. Our hope is that Go4it will be a real force for good in our local community, and a fitting legacy for Ivan. 

The official launch of Go4it will take place on 14th October at the inauguaral memorial golf day, but you can learn more and get involved today by visiting go4it.org.uk for links to more information. Please check back on the 14th to see the new website live.

If you would like to make a donation in Ivan's memory today, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Go4it-Fund

Much love,
Kate & family

                                                                          Iron Ivan

The sun shone bright, autumnal weather
When hundreds of us joined together
To bid farewell to one great man
Who fought as hard as one man can

 His two brave girls, so proud, so strong
Such moving words to the great throng
His friends stood up, told everyone
Of great adventures, thrills and fun

 His loving wife, his rock, his nurse
so dignified reciting verse
It’s alright to shed some tears
Remembering the precious years 

  So much respect, such praise, such love
Symbolic flights of snow white doves
A wooden seat to rest and think
To sip a cool refreshing drink

 He’ll never have the chance to see
His little boy beneath this tree
But he’s still here to keep us safe
I feel his spirit in his place

 Now every time I want to know
Which path to take, which way to go
He’s still the one who I’ll turn to
What would Iron Ivan do?

                                                              - John Edgecombe 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Scarlett Purdie on 13th January 2018

"I miss you all the time dad I wish you would come home soon xx"

This tribute was added by John Edgecombe on 31st December 2017

"It's hard to believe you would have been turning 50 this year mate although I have no doubt you would have carried it off in style. We will be sure to mark the occasion come April 1st.

Rest assured we are still doing all the stuff that used to make you smile and cringe at the same time.

Miss you much bro x"

This tribute was added by Giovanni Cafagna on 9th October 2017

"Hey man, it’s been a while. Wherever you are, whatever you do, if you feel taking an angelic break, come to see my new venture in Italy. You’d love it: classy, lots of outdoor space, relaxing and more importantly plenty gluttony being served. You’d love it. Meanwhile I’ll rise a glass or three of proper red to the great memories I have of you. Ciao, Gio."

This tribute was added by Ian Hilliard on 6th October 2017

"Thinking of you all the time Ivan.
I try and spend time and see our family as much as I can.
Love spending time with them, Catherine, Aunty Jill, Jack and Keith to talk about and share lots of happy memories.
It always brings tears. Both happy and sad!! But good.
Sorry !! I played so badly in your golf day!! But I was proud and happy to be part of it.
Love Ian x"

This tribute was added by richard blakeney on 5th October 2017

"Always in my thoughts pal, truly missed. RIP. Love Richard at all at AVS X"

This tribute was added by sarah blakeney on 5th October 2017

"Never forgotten, R.I.P Ivan and sleep tight with the angels xxx"

This tribute was added by Catherine Stevens on 4th October 2017

"Dear Bros,

It is impossible to believe that two years have passed since our last conversation, since the last time I held your hand, and since the last time I looked into eyes so similar to my own.

I talk to you often, I go to see where you rest often and as you know I placed our Dad in with you, only a few short months after you left.

Our Mum is ok, but only just.  I see the sadness etched in her face and it is the laughter of Lizzie that brings her back from the brink on those sad days when she misses you so much that her heart breaks.

I miss you too babe.  I miss your strength, your laughter, the crinkle at the side of your eyes, and the hug that stopped the world turning.

Catherine.  x"

This tribute was added by Olivia Purdie on 12th May 2017

"Well dad I've sealed the deal!  I had my very last day of year 11 today and the sun came out at the precise moment that I wished you were here to celebrate with me. My GCSE's start next week and I wish more than anything for a good luck text from you. I I really hope I'm doing you proud dad I love you X"

This tribute was added by David Jacobs on 2nd April 2017

"Still seems surreal that such a force of nature is not physically with us but I am sure that his charchter, spirit and soul will continue to inspire, motivate and drive those touched by his presence to great things in the future.
If there are any positives to draw, it is that I have tried to use his mantra to drive me on to seize every moment of each day, to see the positives and to strive to be a better person, that is Ivan's legacy for everybody and a fitting legacy for a truly inspirational guy"

This tribute was added by Aaron Birch on 2nd April 2017

"Happy Belated Birthday Brov, I played golf yesterday and shot 73, I doubt you and Hardie would of won against me and Steve. Always thinking about you and I'm always reminded of your smile when on Facebook,"

This tribute was added by Jeff Guilbault on 2nd April 2017

"Fresh morning, blue sky on a golf course in the outskirt of Paris. Today is going to be a great day, I will try to Go4it. Thinking about you Ivan !"

This tribute was added by Rob Cowley on 1st April 2017

"Happy Birthday mate
The Ivan shaped hole in our lives will always be there"

This tribute was added by Kate Nickerson Purdie on 1st April 2017

"Keep an eye on us tonight sweetheart. The celebration won't be the same without you there, but I think you will be very proud. xxx"

This tribute was added by Scarlett Purdie on 1st April 2017

"Happy birthday daddy !!!!!!!!!!!
I miss you lots
Lots of love Scarlett"

This tribute was added by Paula Bonella on 1st April 2017

"Wishing you a very Happy Birthday Ivan x"

This tribute was added by Ian Hilliard on 1st April 2017

"Happy 49th Birthday Ivan

Always in my thoughts.

Your Mum is ok. Coping only just.!!!
Love from Ian xx"

This tribute was added by Olivia Purdie on 24th December 2016

"Happy Christmas Daddy! Miss you today and always! Cheers!"

This tribute was added by John Edgecombe on 4th November 2016

"Miss you so much mate. Saw your dad at the golf club yesterday and it felt so different without you."

This tribute was added by Matt Burgess on 5th October 2016

"One whole year has passed. Still massively missing that big, richly reassuring unmistakeable voice.

R.I.P. IP"

This tribute was added by Linda Gannon on 5th October 2016

"How fast time passes..... Can remember that day reading the awful news like it was yesterday!!
Ivan often pops into my thoughts...
Love to Kate, Lucas, Scarlett and Olivia xxx"

This tribute was added by Ian Hilliard on 5th October 2016

Not a day passes without me thinking of you

This tribute was added by Lisa Underdown on 5th October 2016

"I can't believe it's been a yr , think of Olivia , Scarlett and the rest of your family today , stay strong sending you lots of love xx"

This tribute was added by sarah blakeney on 5th October 2016

"R.I.P Ivan gone but never forgotten xx sleep tight with the Angels"

This tribute was added by Scarlett purdie on 5th October 2016

"I cant belive it has been a whole year without you dad it feels like only uesterday when you made that wonderfull paella with all the crispy bits. I miss you so much and i know that if you were here you would be so proud of all of us i miss you so mich and wish you would come back soon lots of love scarlettxxxx❤️"

This tribute was added by Catherine Stevens on 8th August 2016

"Hi Bros,

Missing you. Wishing that you were here.  Hoping you will call and knowing you won't.  Lost.

Your sis. x"

This tribute was added by Elise Revett on 24th April 2016

"Hello Ivan,
I haven't wrote on here since you passed away and I just wanted to let you know that Olivia is doing so well and everyday I'm so proud to call her my best friend. I never got to meet you but I know how amazing you are and how proud you would be of Olivia right now. She is so strong, a lot stronger than me and I'm giving her all the love and support I can just to keep her smiling and laughing. I know I'll never be able to make her smile or laugh as loud  like you did but i will try my very best Ivan.
Love Elise x"

This tribute was added by Olivia Purdie on 14th April 2016

"Hello Daddy,
It's been a while since I have spoken to you on here but that doesn't mean I haven't noticed all the little things you have done recently. On Saturday last weekend Kate, Amy, Lucas and I went to stortford to buy Lucas some school trousers, however we ended buying a little suit with some shoes that were identical to one of the many pairs of shoes that you own. When we told Lucas that daddy has a pair of shoes like this he was grinning from ear to ear! He loved that he looked just like daddy... And James Bond! He wore this suit and these shoes to work with Kate yesterday and he looked so much like you daddy!

Another thing we noticed was the amazing cloud formation in the sky last Saturday it truly was amazing I said hello to you from down here and had a little cry but it was only because I was happy that I could notice the little signs that you were sending us.

I was walking home from school today thinking about you and feeling a little sad. It had just stopped raining so it was a pretty gloomy walk home until I looked up and the most amazing rainbow was right in front of me! It's like you had just put it there just to cheer me up.

I miss you dad. I miss your talk radio and your beautiful singing and your silly dad dancing in the kitchen that would put a smile on anybody's face. I miss your silly jokes. But most of all I just miss sitting on the sofa with you watching some kind of sport and looking at you and thinking about how much I love you and how much I need you in my life. As much as anyone tries  to do the same things that you used to do for us it just doesn't work. I'm grateful that they try but they just will never be able to do it like you.

It's hard seeing people laugh and joke with there dads and know that I can't do that but then I think of all the amazing things that I can do with all the family and friends you left to look after me.

I hope you are doing okay wherever you are dad, I love you daddy. Xx"

This tribute was added by David Jacobs on 3rd April 2016

"Dear Kate,
We never met but I worked with Ivan in Spain in 1993 for Thomson Holidays and lost touch since 96 up to 2009 when we spoke after hooking up on Facebook and lost touch again for one reason and another but I happened to pick up the Observer last Autumn when the terrible news was announced and rushed to pay my respects at the memorial service, it was the least that I felt compelled to do. The greatest tribute I can pay your late husband is that he is one of the few people that I have met in my lifetime who you never forget, it is hard to even put my finger on it and at the age of 51 and having met so many people across the globe in my time, that speaks volumes for his magical talent for leaving his mark. If it is any consolation for you and your family, a wise old man once said to me that life is not how long you live but how well you live and there is no doubt that Ivan packed more into his 47 years than most people who live twice as long. God bless you and the family, David Jacobs"

This tribute was added by Matt Burgess on 1st April 2016

"Spent the 1st April remembering the man whose unbirthdays were just as much fun.
Happy birthday Ivan...."

This tribute was added by John Edgecombe on 1st April 2016

"Happy Birthday Ivan. We all miss you and think about you every day. This evening we met up by your bench at the golf club to raise a glass to you. God bless you mate x"

This tribute was added by Olivia Purdie on 1st April 2016

"Happy Birthday Daddy! I love and miss you so much. All my love
Your Livvy xxx"

This tribute was added by Kate Nickerson Purdie on 1st April 2016

"Happy birthday my love. Wish you were here! xx"

This tribute was added by richard blakeney on 1st April 2016

"Only seems like yesterday we were talking on the phone. Now 5 months have passed and yet seems like yesterday.
Dearly missed by all, Happy birthday Ivan.
All our love to you, Kate and the kids, Richard, Sarah and the girls xx"

This tribute was added by Scarlett Purdie on 7th March 2016

"I can't believe it's been a whole five months without you daddy and I think about you all the time . I always enjoy our little chats at night when I can't go to sleep . I know you can't speak but it really feels like you can .in the summer we're going to Ibiza and I will ride the jet-ski with you at my side! Love you lots Scarlett ."

This tribute was added by Kate Nickerson Purdie on 5th March 2016

"With each passing month comes another holiday, another birthday, another annual event we should be celebrating together. I promised myself I wouldn't also mark the 5th of every month, the date you died, because there are more than enough reminders that you are gone.

Last month was particularly hard with Valentine's day and our wedding anniversary, but we got by and made it into March where, miraculously, there is nothing but Mother's Day. I am still a mum so I won't count tomorrow as a sad day, but as a chance to remember how lucky I am to be the one who got to stay and raise these amazing children.

But today is the 5th, and I am guessing you didn't like my plan. I just received the most lovely card from the young doctor who sat with me at your bedside in your final hours and now here I am, marking the date. I have a sneaking suspicion you had something to do with the timing of this!

I went up to Cambridge a few weeks ago to thank him at the hospital and I gave him one of your dad's paintings. He was as lovely as I remembered. So young, but wise beyond his years and such a caring young man. I hope Lucas will grow up to be a gentleman like him. I will do my best to ensure he does. Wish you were here to do it with me baby. xx"

This tribute was added by Claire Tarling on 29th January 2016

"Dear Kate, I'm so very sorry to hear the sad news about Ivan. I worked with him at Corbis and he made work fun. He was a lovely man, always positive, kind and supportive and he will be sorely missed.  Thinking of you and your family, Claire x"

This tribute was added by Imke Leopold on 24th January 2016

"Just one year ago we all met in Berlin. Still missing you."

This tribute was added by Olivia Purdie on 9th January 2016

"Hello Daddy,
Mummy just made Paella for us! It wasnt as good as yours though dad. I'm going to learn how to make it so when we go on holiday in summer i can make it for everyone! We had so look up what the crispy bits were called - as always! I love you dad xx"

This tribute was added by Kate Nickerson Purdie on 5th January 2016

"Three months have come and gone since we lost you. We are all doing OK - we're doing our best - but we miss you so much all the time. Lucas keeps asking why you can't come back and none of the answers are good enough - he just keeps on asking. It breaks my heart every time. It all seems so unfair but I know we are incredibly lucky in so many other ways. I am trying to teach him to see life that way too. We'll always love you baby! xxx"

This tribute was added by Karin Cats on 8th December 2015

"Hello Kate, family and friends,

I’m very sorry for your loss and send you my heart-felt condolences.  Ivan was a wonderful human being and he had such a charismatic and fun-loving personality. He brightened up the room with his presence. I met Ivan at Corbis and have fond memories of him.  To name a few memorable moments: skiing in Whistler, sales meeting on an island near Seattle (water plane), company diners and of course also some work…..  I will always remember Ivan and am saddened by his passing.

I wish you strength and hope that the sorrow you feel will be lightened by knowing so many cared for Ivan."

This tribute was added by Olivia Purdie on 8th December 2015

"Today your little girl turned 15! I wish you were here to celebrate with me but I'm sure you're celebrating wherever you are. Kate reminded me of the time you and Grandpops kept calling me 15 when Scarlett was supposed to be going skiing with you! That made me annoyed but it was funny.  I miss you so much daddy especially on my special day. There is not an hour that goes by when I don't think about you. I love you my daddy xxxxxxxx"

This tribute was added by Muriel Roussel Hardie on 2nd December 2015

"A big thank you for your support and encouragement with my studies, even from the other side (I'm still not sure what the night of the 12th October was all about, it certainly inspired me). So, I went for it and pulled an Ivan with the results I received yesterday. I thought you'd like to know. Missing you. Mxx"

This tribute was added by Olivia Purdie on 2nd December 2015

"Missing daddy, hope we are all doing you proud! I feel like your just on a long holiday and it would be great if you could come back now. I could do with a daddy hug. Love you lots papa xxxxx"

This tribute was added by Lilli Wieberneit on 1st December 2015

"Dear Ivan,

It took me some time to consider whether I should write something or not because I only met you once, but this one time and all the stories I heard about you were so special that I need to write to you. I met you for the first and sadly the last time in January when my dad and I were looking at boarding schools in England and came on the weekend to your house to have dinner with you and your family. I was really nervous that evening because I heard so much and so many impressive things you said and did about you. And everything I already read here about you is true and it is exactly what I experienced. When you were in the room and talking you were completely physically and mentally there and everybody in the room realised it. As my dad's daughter, I think I can say, that you had a really big impact on his behaviour in some situations and who he is today. You were always someone to look up to but at the same time a really good friend for him. He told me he learned a lot from you and all of us were always tremendously impressed of your power and your way to handle things. It broke my heart when I had to call my dad and tell him what happened because I found out first. He thinks a lot about you and I know that he clicks on this page quite often and smiles because of the stories that just show who you were. I wish I could have had met you a few more times but I'm really thankful for the friendship you had with my dad and I'm sure that some of your wisdoms will be passed on to me, if they haven't already.

Stay strong Kate, Olivia, Scarlet and Lukas.
My thoughts are with you,

This tribute was added by Kate Nickerson Purdie on 30th November 2015

"Eight weeks today and we're all feeling very sad. We are ready for you to come back home now please. If only you could...Love you baby. xxx"

This tribute was added by Kate Nickerson Purdie on 28th November 2015

"My daddy was the strongest man in the whole entire universe. We had some good and bad times. Like when we skied down the nursery slope i was so happy but he just wanted me to go down the off piste (no way!) but maybe just maybe i will force my self to go down a red run and i will film it on his go pro.When we went to the cinema he would get a large popcorn and he'd eat it all before the film and then he'd steal all of ours. Daddy really wanted to see the new james bond film so i saw it for him. Dad was james bond in himself so When i saw him i had the image of him wearing a suit and doing the best bit of the film where he straightened the cuffs of the suit. I LOVE YOU DADDY.  - SCARLETT"

This tribute was added by Olivia Purdie on 5th November 2015

"Hello daddy,
I Can't believe it's been a month since I saw you last. It's been tough but Scarlett,Kate,Lucas& I are still a team so don't worry. I hope they're treating you well wherever you are! I miss you dad we all do but don't worry we all keep talking about you and now the simplest things make me smile because they remind me of you! The other day we were in the car and Diamonds came on in the car- that was the song that came on when you had a sore throat and you were singing it! That made me smile through my tears. I hope you're okay and we are making you proud of us I love you my daddy xxxxx"

This tribute was added by Kate Nickerson Purdie on 2nd November 2015

"I can hardly believe that today marks one month since we kissed goodbye for the last time. It is the longest I have gone without seeing you in nearly nine years and I am still half expecting you to walk through the door at any minute. Everyone is looking after us and the house has been full each day, but it still feels so empty without you. It is strange but comforting to write to you here - I suppose if anyone can be reached this way it is you!!!

I remember whenever you used to do something extraordinary - which was often - you would say, 'my powers are strong'. You always said it with that giant grin on your face and that mischievous glint in your eyes and I always laughed at you, but you were right baby - your powers Are strong! We can feel you all around us. From birds of prey circling the school yard to the most magnificent autumn foliage, to a colourful butterfly in the kitchen (in October, at night, when the windows and doors had been shut all day) to fireworks going off while we were trick-or-treating, right at the moment I took a photo of Luke and thought 'I can't wait to show this to Ivan' before I realised I could not. Signs of you are everywhere.

The expression 'larger than life' has taken on a whole new meaning for me. When I used to say it I meant you had a big personality - when you strutted into a room everyone stopped and noticed. When you spoke everyone stopped to listen. But now I realise it is so much more than that. You were actually larger than life. Your life may have ended, but your spirit, your charisma and your magnetic personality are still going as strong as ever. I didn't think I could possibly love you any more, but I do. Thank you for always looking after us, even from afar. xxx"

This tribute was added by Michelle Habgood on 1st November 2015

"Ivan was a wonderful guy and was always happy to advise and help me when I asked . Although I only worked for him for a short time we still kept in touch via email. All my love Michelle X"

This tribute was added by Lisa Ann Edwards on 26th October 2015

"How do you put words around a person who seemed larger than life itself?

It seems impossible.

A few things I will always remember about you, Ivan, are what a positive, uplifting, encouraging and fun person you have been for others.  You had a way of lighting up a room with your energy and positive vibes and had such an easy, “go for it" way of helping people believe in themselves— you helped me in that way, especially.  I still remember many years ago when you called me a “star” during a time when I was struggling to build my confidence.  Later, I learned you called everyone a star!... but that didn’t matter— your confidence in me encouraged me, anyway.  

In the most recent years, I saw what a star you were.   You truly inspired me, Ivan, in the way you chose to live your life.  I’ve never seen anyone live life so fiercely and joyously all in the same moment.  Kate said so well, that your life is a demonstration to us to not waste a minute and anyone who has been touched by your presence, knows that, too.  

Rest in peace, dear Ivan and know that your invincible spirit lives on in the hearts and minds of so many people.  "Go for it" has a profound, new meaning, because of you."

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