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Ian James DowieMarch 3, 1938 ~ July 12, 2017 (age 79)
Ian James Dowie passed away peacefully on July 12, 2017 at the age of 79 due to the progressive complications of Parkinson’s Disease. Ian was surrounded by his loved ones at the time of his passing.
Ian is survived by his former wives, Barbara Dowie, Nancy Pollard and Nicolette (Nicki) Clemons, his sons Paul and David Dowie and grandchildren, James and Sophia Dowie.
Ian was born March 3, 1938 in London, England to James and Ethel Dowie. He attended Imperial College of London University graduating in 1958, at the age of 20 years old, with Honors in Electrical Engineering. He joined a company called Seismograph Services and shortly thereafter, Ian was off to Nigeria to pursue oil exploration. In 1960 he married Barbara (Page), and brought Barbara back to Nigeria for the second half of Ian’s contract. In 1962, Ian and Barbara immigrated to Toronto, Canada where they spent the next 18 years. For the majority of that time Ian worked for IBM.
With the birth of their severely handicapped child, Paul Dowie, Ian was inspired to begin Credit Valley Treatment Center for Children (now called Erinoak) for handicapped Children in Toronto. To this day the facility treats 3000 children each year. A lasting legacy we were all very proud of.
In 1980, Ian and family immigrated to the United States and lived in Pennsylvania and Westport, Connecticut. They enjoyed an active lifestyle of exercise and playing tennis. In 1992 Ian made his way to Park City to join his son, David. He was very active in the community, supporting several charities including National Ability Center and served as a Board Member of the Make a Wish Foundation.
In 1993, Ian married Nancy Pollard and played an integral role in the lives of Nancy’s children, Brodie, Getty and Pablo Pollard. Ian is fondly remembered for successfully integrating the 2 families and creating lasting memories of family vacations and experiences.
While living in Park City, Ian pursued real estate development. Many will remember his iconic English accent on KPCW, “This is Ian Dowie for Goshawk Ranch!” Ian had a unique ability of connecting with his son’s generation of friends. In the small town of Park City, where most people came from somewhere else, Ian became a “second father” to many young people through his generosity, openness and desire to engage. He loved spending time with his daughter-in-law, Daniela and beautiful grandchildren, James and Sophia.
In 2006, Ian married Nicki. They moved to Salt Lake City to begin the next chapter in Ian’s life.
Ian was proud of his English heritage and maintained a close relationship with his many cousins in London, which he has passed on to his son and grandchildren. We are so grateful that his cousins Jackie and Alan decided to attend his funeral to honor his life.
The family wishes to express gratitude to the many caregivers at Cottonwood Creek Assisted Living, and Envision Hospice, and all the people who loved him. A Funeral Service is scheduled at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1505 White Pine Canyon Road, in Park City on Tuesday July 25, 2017. A visitation will precede the funeral at 10 AM with the funeral mass at 11AM. Interment at Park City Cemetery. All that knew Ian are welcome. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the National Ability Center in Park City, Utah. Guestbook to post messages and tributes for the family is available at: HolbrookMortuary.com