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frankd2689  (D 2689)

Feb 17, 2011, 3:14 AM
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Hi Folks
I'm sorry to report the death of Ian Aitken in Colorado recently. Ian started jumping at Strathallan (Scotland) in early 1978 and went on to become a club instructor before moving to Headcorn in Kent to work there full time.

He was a member of the British 8 way team in the 1980s and was one of the very first UK AFF Instructors

A few years later he moved to Canada where he worked for the Alberta Skydiving association and jumped all over the world.

He had spent the last year traveling the world and jumping, visiting Strathallan again last summer.

His death is not skydiving related.


MajorDad  (D 579)

Feb 17, 2011, 5:26 AM
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Eternal Blue Skies, Ian FrownFrown


talon2

Feb 17, 2011, 5:31 AM
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Ian jumped in Australia in the early 80s when we were all very new AFF Instructors.......Great bloke and great instructor.
Blue skies Ian


scaredycat2

Feb 17, 2011, 7:26 AM
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My Heart is broken... Ian will be missed greatly. He was a wonderful man, a kind soul and a great friend.

Blue Skies Ian - you will be missed.


Premier Remster  (C License)

Feb 17, 2011, 7:26 AM
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Wow... Blue skies, Ian!

Any details on what happened?


skydvrblonde  (C 34066)

Feb 17, 2011, 8:08 AM
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Thanks for sharing. Ian was always good to me. Peace to all.


swoosh  (C 3274)

Feb 17, 2011, 9:23 AM
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This makes me unbelievably sad. Photo attatched is from CPC boogie in 2009, photo credits to John R. Smith. Eternal Blues Ian.
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aphid  (D 535)

Feb 17, 2011, 10:07 AM
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Always treated me & mine like gold. Blue Skies, Ian.

John


quack  (D 589)

Feb 17, 2011, 10:36 AM
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Blue skies Ian. Frown


mgoldade  (C 3277)

Feb 17, 2011, 1:35 PM
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I had the pleasure of working with and living with Ian. Truly an amazing person. He will be sadly missed. I'm lucky to have shared a part of his life!


MADPAUL  (C 1976)

Feb 17, 2011, 5:14 PM
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I was so sad to hear of Ian's passing. He was a true inspiration to all. I am proud to have known Ian and will cherish the memories of the times he spent with us.


jdobleman  (D 7790)

Feb 17, 2011, 8:24 PM
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Ian was my brother in skydiving. Because of him I've met many Canadian skydivers who have become close friends, have seen snowpacks fall while lunching at the top of Lake Louise in Banff, have paddled a canoe, have listened to blues at King Eddy's, and became an organizer at Lost Prairie.

Blue skies my brother, I hope you have found peace.

madjohn


novacaine  (Student)

Feb 17, 2011, 11:51 PM
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 I was fortunate to know Ian from Alberta Skydivers. He was a great guy. He always had a smile on his face. He will be missed. Thanks Ian for the good times!! He will miss you!


dbagdrew  (C 3128)

Feb 18, 2011, 9:38 AM
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So sad to hear this. Ian was a great friend.

I enjoyed my friendship with him, he gave me lots of advice as I was starting into skydiving and coaching.

I'll always remember the two of us driving back from Lost Prairie in his stinky camper van. We had to stop at all of his favorite places on the way and took way longer than it should have. It was a great trip.

Blue Skies Ian!


MartynDraper

Feb 18, 2011, 3:37 PM
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I knew Ian from Headcorn. He helped me through my troublesome days of early freefall.

Many thanks for everything Ian - Blue Skies.


riggerrob  (D 14840)

Feb 19, 2011, 9:05 AM
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We heard about Ian's demise while in Reno.
It was always a privilege to work with Ian at Beiseker, Alberta. He was one of the best instructors I ever worked alongside.
I cried all over my keyboard this morning!


KennC  (B 30407)

Feb 19, 2011, 11:43 AM
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I like Ian quite a lot, .. very sad news


DBCOOPER  (D 24112)

Feb 22, 2011, 5:28 PM
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I met Ian at Lost Prairie. We partied up at the fire tower. I was wearing a Herd shirt, and he told me that he had one from a Herd Boogie years ago and he thought it was packed away in a duffle bag somewhere. Before we left that year I gave him that shirt and you would have thought I gave him a million dollars.


petehill  (Student)

Feb 22, 2011, 10:17 PM
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Damn it. Give my best to Jean if you see her. Pete

Jean, if you see this, we are thinking of you.. please holler if there is anything we (I) can do. I will try to reach you through Malcolm..

Love, Pete Hill


Shell666  (C 1817)

Feb 25, 2011, 7:56 AM
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We heard the news while we were in Belize. There were quite a few of us from Alberta at the boogie and were there for Jean when she received the news.

Ian was one of a kind and truly wonderful friend. I'll miss that giggle of his.

Here's a pic that was taken on a road trip to Jasper in November 2004.

Blue skies Ian. I'll miss you!
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yellowsky

Mar 11, 2011, 11:36 AM
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I first met Ian at Headcorn and had a great time there with him and the other instructors. I met up with Ian again last year at Strathallan with his sister and had a good laugh together.

I am very sorry to hear about him.

Ian Sinclair



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