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Unique honour awarded to Ian Thomas Charles PP PHF

In memory of Ian Thomas Charles PP PHF



It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Hope Valley Rotarian Ian Thomas Charles PHF, aged 70, who died suddenly in the grounds of his home on Monday 25th March. Ian leaves his beloved wife Rosemary; his sons Ross, Neil & Lee; 9 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren.

The funeral is to be held at St Barnabas Church, Bradwell at 12 noon on Friday 5th April, followed by a family cremation service at 1.30 p.m. at   Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium, Sheffield. After the church service mourners are invited to meet at The Grouse Inn, Froggatt Edge. Donations, rather than flowers, can be made to Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) through Funeral Directors: J E Noutch, Hope Road, Hope Valley, S33 0AL. 01433 651 490

In addition to being a devoted husband, father and grandfather, Ian was a prominent businessman in Brough and Bradwell. For the majority of his adult life he was active in a range of voluntary and community work, being a member of the Round Table, the 41 Club and 51 Club, and a long-standing and stalwart member of our Rotary Club. Ian's Paul Harris fellowship was given in recognition of his outstanding community work, both locally, nationally and internationally.

Ian was kind, gentle and unassuming and always hid his light under a bushel. The many years of Rotary work he devoted to collecting bicycles for children in Africa, was done though our Rotary Club and in association with Jole Rider. Indeed some of Ian's ideas were adopted by Jole Rider and are still used by them today. For example, filling the spaces between bicycles stored in containers bound for Africa with items useful for some of their impoverished communities.

Ian was an active and highly regarded member of High Peak Bantam Club. In recognition of his years of service, on February 2nd 2013 he was presented with beautiful plaque, and was made an honorary life member of their Society.  

Ian always had a kind word to say, and never spoke ill about anyone. He conveyed his astute observations and recommendations  slowly and effectively, and with a wicked sense of humour, always accompanied by a smile and a twinkle in his eye. Ian was admired by everyone he met and his passing will leave a huge hole in the lives of all who knew him.

An example of a Press article honouring Ian (The Matlock Mercury)

Courtesy of Rtn (H) Ron Eyley PHF