McInnis & Holloway
Funeral Homes

McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes
“The opportunity to serve” is the highest compliment
McInnis & Holloway could receive.
Call (403) 243-8200 or 1-800-661-1599

GUNN – Dr. Ian Martin

November 28, 1923 – November 16, 2009

Dr. Ian Martin Gunn “Gunner”, of Calgary Alberta passed away peacefully on Monday, November 16, 2009.

Born at the Scottish Nursing Home in Calgary on November 28, 1923, to Dr. & Mrs. (Anna) John Nisbett Gunn, he attended Earl Grey School, Central High School and the University of Alberta before joining the Royal Canadian Navy in 1945.

After the war, Ian completed his studies at the University of Alberta, graduating from Medical School in 1950. He undertook his medical internship in Honolulu, Hawaii and returned to Calgary to practice Family Medicine at the General Hospital for over 45 years. His bedside manner was legendary as he had a way of focusing his total attention on each and every patient, regardless of the time or reason for the visit. Ian practiced medicine in a time when midnight house calls were common, and General Practitioners routinely delivered babies. Over 2,500 Albertans took their first breath in Ian’s hands. Ian’s love for life and adventure took him to many corners of Canada and the world, but his heart was always in Alberta. It was here he met Cathy, who he married in 1954, and they began their life together.

Ian was an avid outdoorsman who spent many hours with his father, sons, and friends hunting and fishing. He cherished his time duck hunting with his three sons, upland bird hunting with his friends on the Milk River Ridge, and trout fishing on the Ram River. Ian was a longstanding member of both the Calgary Golf and Country and the Glencoe Clubs. He was also an avid supporter and contributor to Ducks Unlimited and was a past member of the Kinsman Club of Calgary. He recently sponsored the creation of the Dr. Gunn Microscopy Lab at the Health Research Innovation Center in support of Kids Cancer Care.

Ian was predeceased by the love of his life, Cathy (nee Morrison) (1998), his daughter Anna Elizabeth (1974), and sisters Jeanette (Motter) and Catherine. Ian is lovingly remembered by his daughter Barbara, sons John (Holly), Rob (Susan) and Murray (Sandy), 13 loving grand-children ( Jennifer, Emily, Ian, David, Anna, Alex, Cameron, Cathy, Lindsay, Paul, Emma, Brian and Jill ) and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ian touched the lives of many and did everything he could for all of us. He was a remarkable husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and Physician. He always had a smile and had a knack for making everyone around him laugh and feel good; even in his later years when he was not well. We will all miss his loving spirit very much.

Funeral Services will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church (1009 – 15th Avenue S.W.) on Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 2:00 pm. Forward condolences through In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dr. Gunn Microscopy Lab at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: (403) 521-3433. The family is very grateful for the loving care received from the ‘angels’ at the Colonel Belcher as well as his special caregivers from Always Care.

In living memory of Dr. Ian Gunn, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

Offer Condolence for the family of GUNN – Dr. Ian Martin

Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences

Condolence Messages

  1. Roberta Sherley :

    Dear John, Rob, Murray, and Families. Please accept our sincere condolences in your recent loss. Your father, father-in-law, and grandfather sounded like a wonderful loving man. Many people would wish to have a family patriarch like him. We hope you are all doing well. Eventually you will remember all the good times with him, without the hurt. Take care Sincerely Bruce and Rob Sherley

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  2. Barbara, John, Rob, Murray–I am so saddened to hear of your father’s passing and send my sincere condolences to all of you. Your father was one of the most influential people on my younger life and to this day I remember fondly playing with his stethoscope and other assorted medical tools as a child. In large measure it was he who influenced my decision ultimately to enter the field of medicine. He also helped me into med school and I still recall days working in his office as an intern—he had a wonderful way of dealing with people in a caring, compassionate manner. Truly he was the model of what a primary care physician should be. I recall fondly the hours we spent talking about the future of medicine and patients in general as he helped shape my formative years in the field. He will be sadly missed by myself and will forever hold a place in my heart.
    Although it has been many years since I have seen you I hope you are all doing well. I share your loss very deeply.
    Mike Whitaker

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  3. My condolences to the family of Ian Gunn. My son was a patient of Ian’s in 1959 — 50 years ago. I knew Ian’s sisters, Catherine and Jeanette as well, as the Denholm family attended Grace Church when we were growing up.

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  4. We at the Bar Kay Cee offer our sincere condolences on the passing of Dr. Gunn. We know how difficult this time must be for family and friends. He certainly made his mark on this earth, touching so many. He was a very fine person and will be sadly missed.

    Sincere condolences,
    Bar Kay Cee Community
    Harry Ford (president)

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  5. Karen Marshall :

    Dear Gunn family,

    I had the pleasure to get to know your dad when he lived at the Colonel Belcher. He sat beside Neel Kamal, and because Neel does not speak, I got to have lively conversations with your dad. He told me of his life and his family, and I grew fond of his company.

    He always had a smile for me…

    I pray for him and your pain at your loss, he was a wonderful man…


    Karen Marshall
    Companion to Neel Kamal

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  6. Joan and Tally Abougoush :

    Dear John, Holly, Rob, Susan, Murray, Sandy, Barb and families,
    We are so sorry to hear of Uncle Ian’s passing. I had gone to visit him at the Colonel Belcher and as usual, he was in a wonderful, cheery disposition. He still had a twinkle in his eye and was busy charming all the nurses and physiotherapists. His gentle, kind spirit will be missed. We have many wonderful memories of Uncle Ian that we will always cherish. Our love and thoughts are with you.
    Joan and Tally Abougoush and family

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  7. Dear Rob, Barbara, John, Murray:

    Please accept my condolences at your father’s passing. His warmth, patience and kindness was contagious. I always felt safe and peaceful when I was in his presence.

    God bless you all and your families.

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  8. I am saddened to read of Dr. Gunns death. He was my doctor when we lived in Calgary and delivered my children. As his patient, I can reaffirm what you already know; that he was the perfect example to the world of what both a doctor and a man should be. His easy, gentle approach instilled confidence and hope; the world is a better place for his having been a part of it.
    Gail Horth

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  9. Dear Murray, Barb, John & Rob
    I am so sorry to hear about your Dad.
    He was a Great Guy and I have many fond memories of him. He was always a very caring and compasssionate.
    I am sorry I am unable to attend the funeral. My thoughts and prayers are with you !
    Take Care !
    Rob Laidlaw

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  10. Dear John, Rob, Murray and Barb,
    I offer my sincere condolences in the loss of your dad.
    Although I did not know him well, I certainly found him to be a very nice man, and his obituary was informative respecting the positive impact that he made on many, many lives during his journey.
    All the best, Ted McFeely

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences

Leave Your Condolence


In order to confirm this has been completed by a human, kindly answer the below equation. *