THE family of a former Mayor of Cheadle has paid tribute to him. Ian Whitehouse passed away on Monday, November 30 after a short illness at his home with his loving family.
THE family of a former Mayor of Cheadle has paid tribute to him.
Ian Whitehouse passed away on Monday, November 30 after a short illness at his home with his loving family.
Ian, aged 75 years, of Cheadle, was the devoted and much loved husband of Shirley, dearly adored and treasured dad of Paula and Nicola, precious grandad to Ashton, Chelsea, Reagan, Milo, Jay and Luna and dear great grandfather of Fletcher, Lyla, Ru, Lyric, Raine, Olympia, Minnie, Atlanta, Hero, Forrest, Emmett and August.
Ian, who lived in Cheadle all his life, attended the former McKenzie School where he particularly excelled at the high jump, and after leaving school he entered into what went on to be a long career as an electrician.
His grand-daughter Ashton said of her grandfather, who she and fellow grandchildren called Grag: “He left school at the age of 16 and went into an apprenticeship at the paper mill in Cheddleton and carried on being an electrician there.
“After some years, he went self employed and had his own business, initially with his friend, called WH Electrics. He then had the business on his own employing several others.
“He was still doing the odd job before he became ill.”
Ian had been married to Shirley for 54 years. The couple married at St Giles The Abbott in Cheadle.
Shirley said: “Ian was the most wonderful husband I could have ever wished for.
“He was loving and devoted, a family man all round.”
Ian was a doting grandfather and great-grandfather. Ashton said: “He was brilliant as a grandad.
“He used to take us for walks at High Shutt, and used to run off and hide behind a tree and do owl noises for fun.
“He would do silly things with his great-grandchildren, like put scary halloween masks in cupboards.
“He would tell them stories, like he was attacked by a tiger in the Amazon. He had such an imagination.
“He loved to sit in the garden in his cowboy hat.
“With all the grandkids and great grandchildren he had he would tell every one at some point they were his favourite not ever knowing he was always theirs.”
Ian stood on both the town and district councils for around 15 years and had been Mayor of Cheadle during that time.
Ashton said: “He was very involved with Churchill Road and Hammersley Hayes Action Group.
“He also did a lot of work for prostate cancer, such as charity golf matches every Christmas. That was just one of the charities he was keen to help.
“He was always very focused on both his family and his community.
“He put hundred percent into what he put his name to.”
Ian used to enjoy regular family holidays to Tenby with his family and his wife’s brothers family Jenny, Paul and Robert.
Ashton added: “Grag has left a big gap in our family. Christmas will be a bit different this year.
“I remember one Christmas he ordered a helium remote control great white shark.
“He had it ‘swimming’ around the living room when the grandchildren arrived.”
Due to the current government guidelines a private service will take place for Ian at Cheadle Parish Church followed by interment at Cheadle Cemetery on Friday (December 11).
Ian’s cortege will leave his home at 10.45am for those who wish to show their respects.
Family floral tributes only please, donations if desired for Prostate Cancer UK. Donations and inquiries to J.P Keates and Son Funeral Directors.
Ashton added: “We are very grateful for all the well wishes and Nan is very grateful for all the cards and flowers that people have sent.
“He will be very much missed.”
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