Ian Edwards

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To all who knew him,

Yesterday we celebrated the life of Ian Edwards, who passed away a few weeks ago. Many of you will remember Ian's articles, palm talk posts, pictures on Pacsoa website, and he Norma hosting people from all over the World around their palm Collection.

Ian was mentor to many of us in Australia and would also answer questions to any one who PM him for advice. He was a man we all had a lot of respect for.

Ian was a former Director of  IPS 1998-2002.

His 40 years of growing and germinating palm knowledge will be missed by us all here.

Many species of Chamaedorea were introduced by both of them into Australia and they were always generous by sharing the next generation of seedlings far and wide.

Ian and his wife Norma, went to many Biennials up to about 2006.  When any us from Australia  attended them since, we would often get messages to take home to them, from all their friends we  would meet at the Biennials or when we visited other palm gardens in the world.

Ian's articles were always well researched and we could be assured they would be accurate.

Prior to his retirement he was very influential Doctor of Medicine and had many articles published in Australia and internationally.

Our friend Ian was a quiet but strong man by nature and at the same time very welcoming to all who knew him. He always had time to help others with advice right up to the last few weeks.

Ian knew 2 years ago that his time was coming, he went further than he had hoped for, for which we are all grateful.

The future of his and Norma's Collection has all been planned by him, instructions , mapping all done and suffice to say nothing will be lost. Norma and the family who all love their garden

will continue to take care of his legacy.

He was always thinking ahead, and if he saw anyone needed advice or help, needed some spare species he had germinated, an email  or phone call would come.

Rest in Peace our friend

warm rememberence

Colin

 

 

 

 

 

 

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how sad !
I exchanged several emails with IAN

as Colin said: Our friend Ian was a quiet , He was always thinking ahead, and if he saw anyone needed advice or help, needed some spare species he had germinated, an email  or phone call would come.

Rest in Peace

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So sad to hear. Ian was a great influence on all of the palm growers in the Sydney region for many years, and I had the fortune to visit his garden on several occasions. We were both regular contributors to the IPS email list many years ago, prior to the formation of Palmtalk. He was always very generous with his knowledge and of course, seedlings and plants. I count myself lucky to have known Ian , and offer my sincere condolences to Norma and the rest of his family. He will be greatly missed.

 

Daryl

 

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Ian's passing will be a great loss to a great many people for lots of reasons.

He was a kind, generous and gentle man.

Anyone who knew him will miss him.

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Many of the palms in our garden have come from Ian over the years and we enjoyed the tours through his garden.

We will miss his advice, knowledge and conversations, along with his friendly smile.

Rest in Peace Ian.

 

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