Ian (Alpina527) **May you Rest In Peace**

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  1. 12 Jul 2019 at 11:22 AM #1
    ccfj1

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    It is with a very heavy and sad heart that I have to let everyone know that one of the most respected and well thought of members of the forum has passed away this morning.

    He was with wife and family.

    I have known Ian for many years and he has always been a delight to work with and we have done quite a few projects together, he really was the go to guy with anything BMW related.

    Nothing was ever too much trouble and getting txts and messages at odd time was never a problem.

    He really will be sorely missed, legend is a word much bandied about, in his case it really was justified.

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  2. 12 Jul 2019 at 11:25 AM #2
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    Very sorry to read this and thanks for letting us know, thoughts are with his family and close friends, atleast he's in the better place now and no longer suffering.

    R.I.P Ian, you will be missed by many.
     
  3. 12 Jul 2019 at 11:26 AM #3
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    Very sad news. RIP Ian.
     
  4. 12 Jul 2019 at 11:27 AM #4
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    Ian was a great guy, did a lot of work with me and helped me out a loads over the years. He was also a good friend of mine and was always there. He remained strong through all of his treatments irrespective of his condition stayed positive. What a great guy and a sad loss,

    We’ll be arranging a collection shortly that his family can use towards funeral costs etc or donate to a charity of their choice.

    I know Ian helped many people on this forum and wider, such gutting news
     
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  5. 12 Jul 2019 at 11:29 AM #5
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    This is such sad and unexpected news to me. He was such a lovely guy and one of the most helpful on the forum.

    RIP Ian and my thoughts are with your family.
     
  6. 12 Jul 2019 at 11:29 AM #6
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    Wow! Ian was a top, top guy. Will be missed :(

    Condolences to his family and friends.

    RIP.
     
  7. 12 Jul 2019 at 11:31 AM #7
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    Terribly sad news.

    Rest in peace Ian mate.

    Not many guys have made their mark on the BMW scene like he did. His name was know widely over all corners, and his passion for solutions, modifications, retrofits and helping others was second to none. Amazing guy.

    Thoughts to his close friends and family.
     
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  8. 12 Jul 2019 at 11:31 AM #8
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    When Ian told me of his illness I knew it wasn't going to end well, but I hope that this is a welcomed but albeit very sad release for him and his family. At least he isn't suffering any more. I shall miss our chats on life, youth and most importantly, cars! If one message comes out of this then I think it's that we all have to live life to the full, its not a dress rehearsal and cherish every single moment with loved ones.

    Cheerio Ian, it was a pleasure knowing a true Gentle man.
     
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  9. 12 Jul 2019 at 11:35 AM #9
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    I never had the pleasure of meeting Ian, but over the last 15 odd years I saw him help so many people and I can't imagine how many he helped behind the scenes.

    R.I.P Ian, you will be missed for sure.
     
  10. 12 Jul 2019 at 11:37 AM #10
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    Really sad to hear, thoughts with his friends and family
     
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    Really sad news - I had dealings with him on a previous forum many years ago.
    will be sadly missed
    condolences and thoughts to his family and close friends
     
  12. 12 Jul 2019 at 11:38 AM #12
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    Such sad news, RIP mate, thanks for everything you did on here and im sure off here too.

    Condolences to his family.
     
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    Genuinely made me shocked and upset reading that - a really good guy who helped many.

    Never met him, but felt like I knew him personally via the forum.

    Thoughts are with his family :(

    RIP bro.
     
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    Very sad news.
    I didn't know him, but I hope his family is able to read these posts showing the respect & love that has been given by so many forum members who did.
     
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    :(

    I knew Ian was being in and out of hospital, and hoped it might not end this quickly.

    He had always been helpful with my problems when i arrived on his driveway! A great loss to this forum and i'm sure a greater loss to to family and friends. Condolences
     
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    Guys i am collating all messages
    On here and will share them all with his wife and family so they can see how widely he was cared for and respected. Ill pull them into a moonpig card or similar
     
  17. 12 Jul 2019 at 11:51 AM #17
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    I was going to create a thread about this, but will post my message here now:

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    All,

    It is with great regret that I have to inform you that sadly our friend Ian (alpina527) passed away peacefully at 07:20 this morning with his family around him and the sun shining through the window onto him. For those of you who don’t know, around 18 months ago, Ian was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of brain tumour, unfortunately the type that is virtually impossible to cure at this time (Glioblastoma - Type 4). Ian had very complex surgery 2 times to remove the tumours, but unfortunately each time they came back even more aggressively.

    I got to know Ian through this forum 3 - 4 years ago, his wealth of knowledge and experience always fascinated me. The kind of guy that was always willing to help anyone out. About 2.5 years ago when I got my M4, I went to see Ian at his house in London to get a few things done to my car. I live in the Midlands myself, but because I trusted Ian I was willing to travel. We struck an instant friendship and I got to know him very well and travelled to London a few times more to see him and getting to know his family.

    When Ian started feeling poorly, before the diagnosis, he started to tell me of the symptoms he was getting and I started to get worried naturally. I could sense things didn’t look good but after he unexpectedly fainted a couple of times injuring himself quite badly in the process, it was then that Doctors took things to the next level and he was diagnosed. Ian kept me up to date on everything that was going on, but naturally didn’t want to publicly tell everyone on the forum at this point. His driving licence was taken away from him because of his condition and at this point he put his M4 up for sale, which as we know went into the very good hands of a fellow cutter here. Ian subsequently went through many stages of chemo and radiotherapy but unfortunately to no avail.

    What I can tell you is that Ian fought it like a true warrior, throughout the treatment and operations he remained positive and happy. Honestly, I used to struggle to talk to him on the other side of the phone and couldn’t believe his positive attitude even at the worst of times, even when he knew time was limited he made the absolute most of it with his wonderful family and friends and would often tell me where he went, who he met and what he was up to. Would share pictures of outings with the family and friends and he happened to know a lot of famous people too, loved name dropping every now and then!

    For those of you who don’t know, Ian was an engineer by trade, a machining specialist and had worked for Ford Motorsport for many years of his career, working on famous rally and touring cars, plus more. He showed me some of his work at home where he had made special parts that he had machined, and treasured as part of his little collection. He was such a talented man and could do or achieve anything if he put his mind to it. A retrofit guru and the ultimate DIY man, I mean amongst other things just look at his self designed solution for the E92 throttle actuators problem that so many benefitted from. Never have I come across anyone this clever when it comes to cars.
    He was a true petrol head, loved his fast cars and bikes, although he gave up on bikes following quite a serious accident in his early years. Used to call me crazy for riding what I do. He loved his Fast Fords and Beemers, he had some classics back in the day, a kitted out Capri 3.0 I believe and then he moved onto BM’s with no looking back, including an early E21 323i back in the day! In addition, I saw pictures of his original Laguna Seca Blue E46 M3, actually saw his Jerez Black E92 M3 and then also saw his Sakhir Orange M4 where he talked me through all the retrofits he had done to the car, and there was a lot!!! Once again, highlighted to me just how talented he was, as most of us would get scared at the thought of trying to pull something apart on our car.

    As difficult as it is writing this, he had told me he wanted me to inform everyone on the forum after his passing. He loved being on here and we all know how loved and respected he was. Never did he get involved in any conflict threads, he just wanted to genuinely help and advise where he could and appreciate the great people and cars on this forum. He thanked everyone of you for the great times on the forum. I know he informed a small group of people about his condition, but it’s something he didn’t want to publicly announce as he didn’t want people feeling sorry for him. He remained active on here till the last month or so and it’s when he was not calling me or replying to my texts that I realised things had taken a turn for the worst at which point I contacted his family. He had specifically left me his home number in case this happened, knowing the time would come at some point. Never have I come across such a strong minded man, very gutsy who remained positive right till the very end. Ian leaves behind his loving wife and grown up children. Ian was to become a Grandfather in a few months time, something he was very happy about, God bless his soul.

    RIP Ian, you will be forever missed, thank you for your friendship, wisdom, kindness and forum help, a true legend!
     
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    Fantastic post, mate. Really heartfelt. Lovely that.
     
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    Lovely Schuey.

    I’ve got some great and interesting stories Ian told me, which I’ll post up after the dust has settled on this very sad day. Lead a very interesting life!
     
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    I didn't know Ian, nor did I have any interaction with him but clearly he was an example to us all. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this very difficult time.
     

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