Ian Smith

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13/09/1946 – 12/04/2020

Woking, Surrey



Ian was born in Upminster, 13th September 1946 and grew up in Leigh-on-Sea, and he attended Westcliff High School for Boys.


He worked for various companies from the age of 16 before buying his plastics distribution company, Pan Polymers Ltd, in 1985. Here he was the Managing Director for 22 years until he retired in 2007.


Ian met his darling wife Betty in Wallington in 1979. They then married in 1983 and went on to enjoy a wonderful and happy marriage together. Robert was born in 1986 and then Helen in 1988.


He had many interests and took great pleasure in a number of things in life! A DIY enthusiast, he owned most tools possible I think! He loved reading thrillers, he enjoyed all sorts of food and trying new restaurants. A big petrolhead, he took great pride in the cars he owned…and there were many of them! He also enjoyed many great holidays over the years, be it the 4 of us together, just him and Mum, or with a number of friends too, visiting numerous countries around the world! In more recent years, he took pleasure in attending as many RSSG events as possible. Most of all, Dad’s greatest joy was his boating…he owned a couple of boats before having his pride and joy “Yum Sing” custom-built, and from there enjoyed many cruises along the UK waterways.



Ian was a true gentleman with a heart of gold and the best sense of humour. He was the first to offer his help to anyone who needed it, particularly when it came to his excellent DIY skills. His cheeky smile and twinkly blue eyes represented the character he was…someone who was so full of passion and love for life. He could always be relied on no matter what!

He was an adored husband, father, Grandpa, brother-in-law, uncle and friend, and will be incredibly missed by so many people far and wide.

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