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ADAIR, John (Ian) Walker

May 21, 1926 – Port Glasgow, Scotland
March 5, 2018 – Calgary, AB

Ian Adair passed away peacefully at home in Calgary on Monday, March 5, 2018 at the age of 91 years.

Born and raised in Port Glasgow, Scotland, Ian was employed by Lithgows Ship Builders at the age of 15 where he completed his apprenticeship and studied at James Watt College, becoming a Technical Engineer, specializing in ship design. For the next 19 years, he would spend his time behind the drafting board designing ships for Lithgows. Ian’s friend and co-worker Jim Barclay had a sister Nan who he had taken a shine too, using Jim to make the match. Ian and Nan were married on June 1, 1955. Travelling across the “pond” to new lands, they stepped off on the shores of St. John, New Brunswick on New Year’s Eve 1959. Over the next thirty-two years, Ian worked in the shipyards in St. John, St. Catharines, Ontario, and Halifax, Nova Scotia. When he retired in 1991, he worked in Ottawa as Technical Manager on the frigate program for the Canadian Forces, nicknamed the “Paper Ship” program.

In January 1965, while in hospital recovering from a broken leg and surgery, he met a case worker with Child and Family Services for Niagara. Shortly thereafter, Stephen came along in the form of a five week old baby that had been put up for adoption.

Giving his heart to the Lord at 12 years old, Ian had a passion for ministry. Whether it was leading the singing, arms waving in time to the music, preaching from the pulpit, visiting seniors and convicts, or serving as an elder in his local assembly of Christians, his faithfulness was constant. In his last months, his routine of reading the Bible and praying for his family, friends and missionaries around the world never wavered even up to the last minute of his life. He would even talk with his care workers about the Lord, if they went to church and I’m sure was praying for all of them as well. He would have some of them read scripture and his “Daily Bread” to him. Today he sits with his Heavenly Father and his family that has gone on before him. You are missed here on Earth but the Heavens rejoice as you lead them in song.

Ian is survived by his wife Nan; son and daughter-in-law Steve and Sandi; grandson Chris (Jaclyn); and granddaughter Samantha. He was predeceased by his father Alexander, mother Elizabeth, brother Willie, and sister Helen.

Funeral Services will be held at Southview Alliance Church (20200 Walden Boulevard S.E., Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to Serving in Mission, SIM Canada, 10 Huntingdale Blvd, Scarborough, ON, M1W 2S5, Telephone: (416) 497-2424, Our family would like to say thanks to the staff of “We Care” who provided daily care for Dad and much needed respite for Mum.

In living memory of Ian Adair, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Dave and Cheryl Hillis

    Wow. Very sad to hear that Ian is gone. He was a great man and always very pleasant to be around. A life well lived! Cheryl and I will be thinking of all the family over the next while. God bless.

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  2. Ian was a wonderful man we had the pleasure to know briefly. You will all surely miss him here on earth.
    Our deepest sympathy, Bill and Tena Horne

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  3. Clarisse & Devin

    So loved chatting with your Dad, Steve. He was such a dear man. Seeing him enjoy Mabel with your Mom was very special. Especially those canned coolers he enjoyed around the fire pit. Ha! We will be praying for Nan and supporting you guys in the days to come. Love you.

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  4. John & DorothyMcKim

    Dear Nan, Stephen, Sandi, – Another saint gone to glory. What wonderful memories we have of your family, at Elim Lodge, and the fun, laughter, and fellowship shared. While Ian is now with his Saviour, there remains a loss for you all, and we pray for the peace of God to fill your hearts and strengthen you at this time.

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  5. So sorry of your Dad’s passing. God Bless all of you during this difficult time. Love Aunt Helen

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  6. So very sorry to hear about Ian’s passing. Am praying for you at this time. I will contact you when you are feeling ready for conversation again. Love you, Winnie. Xx

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  7. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. All your wonderful memories are a celebration if a life well lived
    Candace Buettner and family

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  8. Mike and I had the pleasure of sharing family meals, special celebrations and engaging conversations with Ian over the past few years. Ian made everyone feel special with his sparkling eyes and great sense of humour. I always enjoyed his stories about places he lived and visited. He will be remembered fondly by the Brown family❤️

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  9. Dear Nan and family,
    My condolence and prayers are with you. I always admired his love for the Lord. We shall see him again.

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