Today we heard of the sad and untimely death of Ian Stuart, owner of Stuart Line Cruises and the Exmouth Land Train, a long time member and stalwart supporter of the Exmouth Chamber of Commerce, a unique and wonderful asset to our town, a great ambassador to its tourist trade, and a very kind and generous man.
His memory will live on in the amazing things he did for Exmouth, growing his businesses over the years, seeing them win multiple local and national Awards that helped put Exmouth well and truly on the map as a major tourist venue as well as bringing enjoyment and benefit to many thousands of visitors to the area.
Ian with the Exmouth Chamber Best Business Award
And, latterly, for the incredible courage he displayed in fighting the awful illness that he suffered with great dignity and determination.
Please see the below message from Ian’s family
A Celebration of Ian Stuart’s Life – Thursday 22nd October
“As many of you know, Ian Stuart of Stuart Line Cruises, Exmouth, sadly passed away at the beginning of this month.
We will be unable to have a traditional funeral due to COVID_19 and will be holding a service for close friends and family only. However, we are aware that there are a number of you who would like to be able to come and pay your respects in some way.
We will therefore be doing a procession with Ian, along Exmouth Seafront and you are invited to stand (adhering to social distancing ) near the Lifeboat Station or opposite the Grove Pub, if you would like to.
We will be passing Exmouth Lifeboat Station at approximately 13:45 and plan to pass the Grove Pub at around 13:55/14:00.
There will be doing a collection to donate to the Royal Devon and Exeter Head and Neck department, where Ian received world class treatment in both 2010 and this year, without whom we are sure he wouldn’t have had the past 10 years. If you would like to contribute, however big or small, please drop cheques to the Stuart Line Cruises Booking Office at Exmouth Marina (EX8 1FE). Cheques should be made payable to RD&E HOSPITAL GENERAL TRUST FUND (ENT DEPARTMENT).
The seafront was where Ian spent the majority of his life – it was his heart and soul and it would be wonderful to be able to celebrate Ian’s life with you in this way if you would like to come along – I know it would mean the world to Ian’s family to see you there.
Our thoughts at this sad time are with Philippa, Jake, Joanna, Lianne, Lauren, the rest of his wonderful family and those close to him.
Rest in Peace Ian, and thank you for everything you have done.