OBITUARY

Ian Donaldson

February 21, 1960August 5, 2018
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Ian Donaldson was born on February 21, 1960 and passed away on August 5, 2018

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  • Visitation Friday, August 10, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 10, 2018
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Ian Donaldson

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Elaine Lerner

August 9, 2018

I am also a cycling friend of Ian, but also British so we shared this in common. I last rode with Ian 2 weeks ago, and we spoke of England’s performance in World Cup as we pulled up a slight upgrade. We tapped out and went to the back where he then again asked when I would be joining the small group on the Sunday morning DeLand loop ride. He was an honorable, strong rider who did everything right for the group. Dear British Ian, you will be missed but never forgotten. My deepest sympathies to the family.

Lee Lerner

August 9, 2018

Ian was a fellow you wanted in your cycling group. We will miss our friend. On behalf of the Seminole Cyclists and D2 Cycling, deepest sympathies to his family

Jim Broman

August 8, 2018

My Name is Jim, and I was also one of many friends of Ian from cycling. I'm not sure when we first met but do have fond memories of riding with him on Wednesday morning. We also shared many conversations on the Saturday Seminole Cyclists ride. Ian was always happy to be out on the bike, and his presence always made for enjoyable moments. Always on point with his humor and wit, no matter the subject, or individual being discussed. We are greatful for his friendship and the time we were able to share. May you find comfort in family and friends at this difficult time, and peace in the days ahead.

Richard Phipps

August 8, 2018

I recall quite a few rides with Ian, where we'd chat about different things, but I especially recall him on quite a few occasions, happy to report that he was turning off, away from the group, so he could get to his grand kids. He loved his grand kids. Ian's wonderful soul will be missed.

Ric Dorsey

August 8, 2018

I remember Ian from the D2 Rides on Wednesday. I of course struggled with the speed of the group and remember when I first started coming to the rides meeting Ian and him helping me keep up with the group. He always was very supportive of me and every other new cyclist. I remember his cheery attitude and his love of cycling. I will truly miss biking with him .

Doug Wildman

August 8, 2018

I had the pleasure to cycle with Ian many times. Usually it was with the D2 Wednesday group and he would occasionally show up on the Winter Springs Cycling Saturday ride. I always liked to share the pace line with Ian.

It became a very small world on June 5th when I bumped into him on the streets of Sedona, Arizona. Neither one of us was aware the other was in town. Then the world got even smaller the next morning. My wife and I left for a hike at 6 am to Chicken Point. After 1.5 miles we reached the end of the trail and there sitting on a rock is a mountain biker. It was Ian! We had not discussed our plans for that morning. Incredible. Rest In Peace my friend.

Lee Lerner

August 8, 2018

Ian and I have been cycling friends for about 6-7 years. We have ridden together at least twice a week during that time, largely with the Seminole Cyclists and D2 Cycling groups on Saturday and Wednesday mornings. Ian was well-loved in these clubs, because of his dry, British sense of humour, and also because he was a strong, safe and reliable rider. He was someone you wanted in your bike group because he always did his fair share, and he was fun and interesting. I will miss talking with him about good beers to drink. All his cycling buddies will deeply miss our friend, Ian, on our rides -- and in the post-ride banter, where he could crack a wry joke, showing his sly smile. Ian, far right in this 2017 photo, recently had surpassed the 20,000-mile mark on his trusty Cannondale Synapse, the same model of bike I ride -- another reason I liked him so much. About six weeks ago, he rode a solo 100-mile ride (century) in the heat of the Florida summer afternoon. When asked about it, he said he was making up in distance what he lacked in speed, although he was also plenty fast, frequently leaving behind younger riders. Ian's absence leaves a hole in our cycling pace lines and an even bigger hole in our hearts. Rest in peace, Ian.

Gregory Miller

August 8, 2018

I’m a member of the cycling group that Ian would often ride with on Saturdays - SEMINOLE Cyclists. I have been a long time member there but only in the last few years did I see Ian with us riding. Mostly because I lived out of town for a few years. When I moved back into town, got to see Ian out trekking with the Group and was happy to see a familiar face...familiar why? I also worked at Stromberg Carlson/SIEMENS with Ian some 25yrs ago!! I would see him daily at work but got to know him better on the bike!

I remember a particular funny meeting with him this past February 2018 which we had a brief spell of unseasonably warm summer like weather on this Saturday morning. I had run into Ian prior to our bike ride trying to warm up. He rode in from his house in Deltona where the fog was thick that morning. After his crossing over the Lake Monroe bridge on 17/92 his cycling kit was soaked!

I saw him a few miles later and asked him why he was so wet? He said he wished he could say it was from sweat 😓 but the fog was so thick he felt like he was swimming down the bridge to get to the ride. We laughed as he squished his way on the bike with every pedal stroke to the group ride start!

RIP Ian! We’ll miss your kind and smiling face touring the streets of Lake Mary with us!

Prayers and Condolences to you and your family
Greg Miller

Al Ford

August 8, 2018

I knew Ian only short time through cycling but considered him a friend. He was a great guy and he kindly showed me how to safely cycle through our mutual Deltona neighborhood. He will be sorely missed by those of us who rode with him. My heartfelt condolences to the Donaldson family.

Mona Sims

August 8, 2018

I worked with Ian for several years. We would banter back and forth about different things. Always a good time with Ian. Praying for his family.