A statement from the family said:
"Ian was, first and foremost, a family man - an extremely proud father of two teenage daughters, Hazel and Fiona, and devoted husband of Joy to whom he had been married for 26 years. He has one brother Andrew. Ian and Joy moved to Alderley Edge in 1988 and have since established themselves firmly in the village.
Ian was an active member of the community and was particularly interested in the history and conservation of the area. Ian was passionate and meticulous about all his interests especially his flying; he was an experienced pilot of many years."
We wrote on this blog about Ian's work as a military historian:
Ian also helped with the Daglish One-Name Study which researches the history of the name and the related DNA study.