Ian Munro passed away at Brucelea Haven in Walkerton on December 30th, 2022, in his 67th year after a lengthy battle with kidney disease and cancer.
Ian is predeceased by his parents, Jim and Anna Munro. He is survived by his sister Peggy (Gary) Munro of Walkerton, nephew David (Jessica) Munro and great nephews Alex and Aiden and great niece Mckenzie of Cary, North Carolina, niece Heather Munro of Walkerton and long-time family friends John MacDonald, Carol Patterson and Maurice Voisin.
Ian was adopted into the Munro family at the age of four months in Halifax, Nova Scotia. By the age of two, Ian with his ready smile and auburn ringlets began his long journey in the health care system and his daily doses of medication. For those that experienced Ian’s non-stop talking, you would be shocked to know that he didn’t talk till he was over five years old, and after years of speech therapy. Schooling was a struggle, but his wonderful boys soprano voice was memorable.
Ian’s first experience with H.A.R.C. and Community Living happened when Ian was seventeen years old. He retired from H.A.R.C. in Hanover in 2007 due to increasing health challenges.
Throughout Ian’s whole life he always had dreams and goals that were important to him. He would plan how to succeed by stealth, relying on his brother-in-law to back him up, or just plain charm. Sometimes there was success, mostly not. However, Ian was determined and would continue his dreams and goals, especially to live a long life.
If you walked into Ian’s room you knew immediately his three favourite things in the world, Elvis and more Elvis and then the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Blue Jays. Ian often would watch games with other avid fans at Brucelea who had good treats that nurses on the third floor would not see him consume, or so he thought.
Ian entertained the staff at the Hanover Hospital for fifteen years on his way to dialysis. He referred to Brucelea Haven as home. Nancy Sweiger was a strong advocate for Ian, in his sister’s absence, and the nurses and personal support staff are all blessings in his care and keeping him alive, against all odds. Thank you!
Visitation will be held at St. Paul’s United Church, Walkerton, on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023, from 10-10:45 am, followed by a funeral service at 11:00 am. Rev. Cathy Paul officiating. Interment to be held at a later date at Hanover Cemetery.
The service will be live streamed directly on the obituary page on our website, and through the Mighton Funeral Home YouTube Channel at: https://www.youtube.com/@MightonFuneralHomeLtd
The live stream will start approximately 5-10 minutes prior to the service - at that time, please look for the live video post on the obituary page on our website or the Funeral Home YouTube Channel to join the service. For people unable to join at the time of the service, the live stream video will remain posted and available for viewing afterwards.
Memorial donations to H.A.R.C. (https://www.clhanover.com) or Brucelea Haven Recreation and Entertainment Program (https://www.brucecounty.on.ca/) would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Mighton Funeral Home, Hanover. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mightonfuneralhome.ca
VIDEO: Live Stream of Funeral Service
VIDEO: Memorial Tribute Slideshow
We are sending our condolences Peggy to you and your family. I met Ian years ago when I worked at Harc and again in Brucelea where Ian has been living and my husband Bill.
In earlier days at Harc my husband was doing video productions after retirement& would changeover videos & etc, for Ian.
At Brucelea Ian daily would wave at me from other side of wing to ours& come over many times to talk to Bill about old times even though my Bill couldn't communicate back.
Ian was truly a very loved and remarkable man and gave much to everyone.
Ian came over to our side to Bill day before I went out to our sons in Alberta for Christmas & wished me a safe& happy time. I was shocked to hear the sad news of his passing upon my return,
I hope you take comfort & some peace in knowing this gentleman touched many lives and he gave as much comfort & kindness to others in need.
Dear Peggy. I am so sorry to hear this news of Ian's passing. I have watched his service and cried for you at the same time. Wish we were closer. Love,Henrietta (cousin)- Henrietta Hood
My condolences, Peggy, and Garry and family. I will never forget when we put the fireplace into the basement. Ian would constantly be asking questions about what we were doing. I enjoyed responding to his questions and generally conversing with him.- Jim Rogers
Gary, Peggy and family. Sorry to learn of Ian's passing. Hoping the many happy memories will bring you comfort.
My deepest condolences to your family. Ian was someone, despite his challenges, that always had a smile on his face and an eagerness and enthusiasm to share stories of those things that made him happy. He made many friends at CL Hanover over may years and will be fondly remembered.
I remember Ian making my dad a wood carving of Elvis as a gift. My dad, a Bing Crosby fan, didn't really know what to do with it. But he hung it up in the basement, and it is still hanging there forty years later. Ian had a big heart and touched the lives of others, my dad in particular. RIP Ian.- Cam MacDonald
Sorry to hear of the passing of Ian Peggy &Gary. Your thoughts are with John & I .- Maris Kalte
So sorry to hear the passing of Ian. Condolences to all.- Kathryn
To Peggy and Family & family friends-
Ian was incredible! He was so proud of you all! Loved by anyone who crossed his path. When he was into something, he was just that. One could see this in his love for sports and Elvis. We adopted two of our kids, and I found your mom very inspiring since we opemly shared this blessing in our families.
Ian certainly had the will to live and loved any gatherings. Greeting anyone like a perfect gentleman, a sharp dressed man! I imagine he's dancing a jig with your parents to Elvis at a Legion in the sky! Fly high Ian!
Jan & Rob Schwartz
I had the privilege of staying with Ian for a week every summer for many years when his mom went east to see family and friends. Ian would always tease me about our last names being the same but stated I spelled mine wrong !! He was a kind gentle soul and was like by everyone who knew him . You are finally with mom dad and Buffy ..rip Ian- Kim Munroe
Peggy and Gary, please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Dennis and Dana Speer
Oh Ian how I will miss your laugh and our Elvis singing ! No more struggles my friend, only peace. Heaven is lucky to have you🙏- Marie Fong
So Sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our prayers.- Muriel Margaret Holmes MacDonald
Ian was a great guy and lots of fun
He will indeed be missed by all who knew him
Our deepest sympathy
Paul and Diane Schuett
I'm so sorry for your family's loss Peggy. Ian was such a unique man, full of so much knowledge and passion.- Brandy
as a friend and knowing ian for years and being at the village seniors in maintnence ian was always doing experiments and at hanover flea market he was always looking for elvis was a great man- robert akins
My deepest condolences on the passing of Ian. He had quite the happy personality. He was a pleasure to be around, and if you ever wanted to know anything about hockey, he was the one to talk to. Also if you ever wanted to hear music all you had to do was go into his room and you'd get an earful. Even with full costume at times. RIP Ian.- shari fraser
Deepest condolences- April wilson