VALE IAN SOUTER
25th November 1951 – 23rd October 2013
is with great
sadness that we have lost one of dear friends of Pittwater and in
particular a long time Scotland Island resident. Ian Souter passed away
on 23 October after a long battle with cancer. He has lived on
the island since the late 70’s. Ian’s affinity with the water, his love
of sailing and zest for life will long be remembered by all who had the
pleasure of his company.
As a registered surveyor and one of Australia’s leading experts on
waterfront survey matters, Ian’s contribution in this field is
He was heavily committed to the “Offshore” community, assisting many
residents with their survey issues. As a long standing Committee Member
of SIRA and a driving force in the design of the Church Point Commuter
Wharf, which is now enjoyed by so many Offshore residents. He provided
his expertise to help create solutions to the parking issue at Church
Point and the development of the Church Point Plan of Management. He
was recognised by the Institute of Surveyors in the NSW Excellence in
Surveying Awards 2013 for his achievements, as a finalist in the
category “People and Community” for his work on the Church Point
What many residents were not aware of was Ian’s extensive contribution
to child and youth development sailing programs in the Manly Juniors
and Flying 11 classes. He worked on various programs with Royal Prince
Alfred Yacht Club, Royal Motor Yacht Club, Lane Cove 12 Skiff Sailing
Club and Manly Skiff Club.
He was a champion sailor specialising as a forward hand in many winning
skiffs, which included two World 18’Skiff Championships, numerous
Australian Titles; and major title wins in the 12’Skiffs.
After retiring from the competitive world of modern skiff sailing he
then focused on sailing the more traditional form of skiff sailing,
that being the historical 10 foot and 18 foot skiffs.
As recently as January of this year he sailed on the winning boat in
the Historical 18’skiff Australian Championship, winning two of the
three heat series, overriding the obvious debilitating health issues.
Ian is survived by his Parents Eric, Maureen and Barbara, daughter
Nicky and son Craig. His Grandson Jordan, brothers Ward, Craig, Dean
and sisters Allyson and Roc.
We will all miss him dearly.
12.15pm Tuesday 29th October
Northern Suburbs Crematorium – North Chapel
199 Delhi Rd North Ryde NSW 2113
(02) 9887 2033
2.00pm Tuesday 28th October
Lane Cove 12’Skiff Sailing Club
Longueville Wharf, Longueville NSW 2066