Dr. John (Ian) Nimmo Crosbie Whyte lost his battle with Alzheimer’s disease November 24th, 2017 in Courtenay, BC surrounded by the love of his family.
Born in Falkirk, Scotland on September 23rd, 1937 he was predeceased by his parents Charlotte and Isaac. He is survived by his wife Kathleen, his son Christopher (Gwynneth), grandsons Callum and Alister, and his brother Maxwell (Victoria) who lives in Scotland.
Ian’s work was a hobby to him. His career as a Research Scientist started in 1964 after obtaining his PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Edinburgh. Ian immigrated to Canada, for a Post Doctoral fellowship at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, followed by the University of British Columbia in 1966. He went to the Fisheries Research Board, Vancouver Technological Station on the UBC Campus in 1967.
In 1985 Ian moved to the Fisheries and Oceans Canada Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo, and retired in 2004. He was a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Chemical Institute of Canada.
Ian had a love of golf, a passion for his garden, and a great ear for music, although he didn’t play an instrument himself, he rarely missed the Vancouver Island Symphony Concerts. He was always ready for trips to any warm sunny destinations, Hawaii, Mexico or anywhere else!
Our family would like to thank the Vancouver Island Health Authority, staff and doctors, including Wexford Creek in Nanaimo and Glacier View Lodge in Courtenay for their care, kindness and compassion.
In accordance with Ian’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. Cremation has taken place.
We will have Interment at 1:00 p.m. in the Forest Walk at Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens and a Celebration of Ian’s life will be held at Sands Funeral Home in Nanaimo on Friday, 13th April, 2018 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. to which everyone is welcome.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada.
He was a loving man of gentle charm and wit who will be missed.