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Ian Findlay CBE

It is with profound sadness we announce the sudden death of our Chief Officer, Ian Findlay CBE, he collapsed and passed away very suddenly on Friday 5 March whilst out on his bike.

Ian was first and foremost a family man and our thoughts are with Ian’s wife Andrea, daughter Lianne, granddaughter Phoebe and the rest of his family at this saddest of times.

Ian was a lifelong outdoor enthusiast. His personal values of responsibility, respect, and care for each other and for our environment were evident to all that had the privilege to know and work with him. Ian will be terribly missed by Paths for All staff, trustees and everyone that came to know him. We are so grateful for his passion, kindness, and personal integrity.

We know there will be many people shocked and deeply saddened by this unexpected news.

Wherever you had the pleasure of knowing Ian from, through work or personal connections, please use this online book of condolence to leave expressions of sympathy and to share memories of Ian.

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Steven Watson

I have fond memories of Ian.  Always focussed and unerringly sincere and with a smile that was never far away, I always though Ian’s way with the world was something I should aspire to.   …

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Adrian Davis

As with all the others who, here and elsewhere, have written and spoken of the shock of Ian’s death I add a few words. It is clear that, partly because of his kindness, generosity, and thoughtfulness, Ian truly touched the lives of so many people and was such a force for good. I knew …

Adrian Davis

Judith Cowie (City of Edinburgh Council)

This sad news came as a shock, and my thoughts are with Ian’s family, colleagues and friends at this time.  He will be remembered as a supportive and kind person, passionate about his work and its positive impact on other people.  Sending condolences from myself and my colleagues in active travel at City of …

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Debbie Adams (TCV)

Too few opportunities to get to know Ian better. We saw so much potential for future partnership working and then the next catch up coffee never came. Always struck by Ian’s generosity of thought and ideas and his passion for the outdoors was inspiring to so many people. My thoughts are with Ian’s friends …

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Susan Mitchell

Worked with Ian at the Scottish Wildlife Trust.  He was a true gentle man, and my condolences go to his family at this sad time.  As the saying goes …. “Only the good die young” RIP Ian. …

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Joan Maxwell

I was devastated to hear about Ian’s sudden death and would like to send condolences to his family. I first met Ian when in he lived in Alness and was a member of my sailing Club – Chanonry Sailing Club.  He served on the club’s committee with me for a few years.  Then I …


Heather Cowan

Sorry for the family’s loss and the loss to the the active travel /transport community where Ian’s contribution was greatly valued and will be sadly missed.  I got to know Ian throught the work on the development of the National Transport Strategy where Ian played a pivotal role chairing the first  NTS leaders conferance …

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Tor Justad

We first got to know Ian when we lived in Alva from 1987-2001 and he was a Countryside Ranger with Clackmannanshire Couuncil and we used to meet socially and for walks around the Gartmore Dam and elsewhere Ian introduced our son to hill walking and the joys of the countryside and had special skills …

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Craig Burn

I was shocked and very saddened to hear of Ian’s sudden passing. Ian welcomed me into the professional world of cycling and walking over a decade ago when he chaired the National Cycling Interests Group (NCIG). He really was a respected colleague amd a true gentleman! I enjoyed many conversations with Ian over the …

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Alison Irvine

I was really shocked to hear of Ian’s death. When I was an access officer he was such an inspiration, and a great leader of Paths for All. He will be a hard act to follow, but leaves behind a legacy across all of Scotland of paths, access and supported walks of which he …

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Anne Gray

I was so very sorry to hear of Ian’s sudden passing.  Ian was one of the first people I met in the world of outdoor access back in 2007 when I started as a national Access Officer.  From that first meeting he was always supportive, kind, calm, and a source of sound advice.  He …

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Jenny Lim

I wish to pass on my condolences to Ian’s colleagues, family and friends. I have worked with Paths for All in the past and know how passionate Ian was in communicating and enacting the goals of the organisation. He will be hugely missed. Jenny  …

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Priscilla Gordon-Duff

I am sad to read the news of Ian’s death. It was a pleasure to work with him in the early days of Paths for All, and with the great team whom he inspired with his knowledge, kindness and encouragement. I am sorry for the loss that will be keenly felt by his family, …

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Gozde Ozakinci

I was so saddened to hear this news. I met Ian only a couple of times but it was so gratifying as a researcher to see that he understood and valued physical activity research at a deep level. His support of our research in particular made it possible for us to collaborate with Paths …

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Macmillan Cancer Support Scotland

We have been deeply saddened by the news of the loss of Ian. What an inspirational man and his legacy will definitely live on. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to work in partnership with the team. Thinking of Ian’s family, friends and colleauges at this sad time XX …

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Anna Herriman

To all who knew Ian well, my sincerest condolences. Unlike most of you, I knew Ian only a little, but enough to recognise the unique man – a true and natural leader. Kind, inspiring and energising. And pouring all that into a role he loved and believed in. He made a genuine difference in …

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Fiona McOwan

This is very sad news and my thoughts go out to his family, friends and colleagues. It’s not so long ago that I attended an on-line event where Ian spoke passionately about his involvement in Paths for All and the many health and social benefits of walking with other people, and I was inspired …

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Colin Howden

All at Transform Scotland were saddened to hear of Ian’s very untimely passing. We had tremendously enjoyed working with Ian on numerous campaigns over the past decade. Ian could have led Paths for All into a very comfortable position, concentrating narrowly on walking-related project work. But instead he was fearless in signing his organisation …


Cllr Bill Porteous

Deeply saddened to hear of Ian’s untimely death.  A Champion of High Quality Active Outdoor Travel long before many of us realised how vital it is for our health, our environment and our physical and mental safety.  Cllr Bill Porteous  East Neuk & Landward Fife Councillor  …

Deborah Long

Ian has always been there for us at Scottish Environment LINK. As a Board member for many years, he is remembered with great affection. His calm, unflappable manner, combined with his wise words was always invaluable. For me personally, he supported me when I came back to the sector 2 years ago, always ready …

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Sean Rathbone

So shocked to hear of Ian’s untimely passing. Ian and I grew up together as next door but one neighbours. He was my best friend throughout school days but as time past we lost touch. It is very heartening to hear what a wonderful contribution my friend has made to Scotland. All the wonderful …

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Sharon Lynch

Such sad news to hear about Ian’s passing, he was such a lovely friendly man and it was a pleasure to have known him.  RIP …

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The Life Changes Trust

The Life Changes Trust are shocked and deeply saddened by the news of Ian’s passing. We were privileged at the Trust to work with Ian and the PfA Team when the Dementia Friendly Walks Programme became one of the first Dementia Friendly Communities to be funded by the Trust. To this day it continues …

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Helen Morrison, Paths for All colleague

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Macmillan East Ren

Deeply saddened by this news. Sending our heart felt condolences to Ian’s family and colleagues at PfA. …

Helen Harrison

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