Ian Michael Gellatly

March 4, 1978June 7, 2019

Tragically, aged just 41, Ian Michael, dearly loved younger son of Ian and Fiona, brother of James, and a devoted dad to Matt and Emmie, passed away at Baptist Hospital.

Family flowers only, please, in lieu donations may be made to

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. The family will greet friends from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. A reception will follow the service at the funeral home. Please, no somber clothing.


  • Visitation Wednesday, June 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 12, 2019
  • Reception Wednesday, June 12, 2019


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Liz Skelly

June 13, 2019

Mike was a stand up Rugger - the kind that made anyone considering rugby want to play the game. Like everyone, I knew Mike for his big heart, and the great way he could make fun of you and love on you at the same time.

Mike was kind to me even as I knew him most in the years after I played rugby. He always made me feel I was still a part of the group and chided me for leaving for roller derby :). He made everyone around him better for his presence, every time I saw him.

Rest easy, friend.

Karen Daily

June 12, 2019

The most irreverent, sarcastic yet sincere guy I ever had the chance to meet. Maybe a few more news stories would have been written had we not sat across from each other, but we are all a little better off because of the laughs. Rest Easy.

Shirley’s Smith

June 12, 2019

True friend, thousands of smiles, hundreds of laughs. I’m so sad to have lost my wonderful friend but so glad to have had Michael in my life.

Ian O'Briant

June 11, 2019

I am currently traveling through Scotland, the land that Mike shared so many memories of with me. It is just as beautiful as he described it. I can’t find the words to describe the warmth and joy that he brought into the room each time he boomed his big laugh, or the conspiratorial chuckles he shared on the rare occasions that he felt his snarkiest comments should be kept in confidence. I ardently hope that you have found the love and peace that you so richly deserve. Rest now.


June 11, 2019

May God's loving kindness and comfort help you and yuppie family during this time of sorrow (2 Corinthians 1:3,4).

Phyllis Britt

June 11, 2019

I knew Mike through the Aiken Standard. He often played the part of “angry young man,” but in reality I found him to be a kind, gentle kid in a big man’s body. He was good at his job, but what I remember most were conversations about his children. It was obvious how much he cherished them and how proud he was of them at every stage of their lives. I kept in touch through Facebook, but I had no idea the extent of what he was going through. I am sorry for that. Talks with him were always a bright spot in my day, and I’m sure many who know him feel the same way. Mike will be missed.

Mike Gibbons

June 10, 2019

I hired Mike as a reporter at the Aiken Standard. I remember when he came to the interview. He was disheveled and completely apologetic about how he looked. He explained to me that, on his way to the interview, a woman on I-20 had a blowout, and he had stopped and helped her change her tire. I knew at that moment what kind of man Mike was, and that was enough for me. I did the interview, but I knew I wanted to hire him, because he was a big man with a big heart. Mike was a man of integrity and honor. I was proud to know him, and proud to call him a friend. Godspeed, friend. And may the light of your goodness shine on your family in these difficult times.

Amy Banton

June 10, 2019

I had the pleasure of calling Gellatly a co-worker and a friend.

He was a fearless journalist. He was witty. He was a good soul.

He’s going to be terribly missed. My heart is with his family and closest friends.

James Gellatly

June 10, 2019

My Amazing little Brother I will miss you so much and the World will be a lot less fun for all of us without you in it

Jesus Moreno

June 10, 2019

I actually remember meeting mike during rugby practice and you were welcoming when I walked onto the field and wanted to get to know me... Over the last eight years we shared beers, jokes, people watching at tournaments and at the bar, talks about religion, politics, rugby and why you were so tall and me so short!!! You also gave me rugby knowledge when I asked and when I didn’t know any better... You sir are a true gentle giant!!! You are missed and will be missed, thank you for everything we shared my friend, know that from this day forward every time I raise a glass of forwards fuel, I will cheers you in my mind and heart!!!! Rest In Peace brother