CASTONGUAY, Ivan Guy - Forced into retirement in his 70th year, on Saturday June 9, 2018, Ivan has moved forward to pursue other interests and adventures.
Ivan leaves his family and friends in awe of his brilliant mind, his many talents, projects and interests. However, he will mostly be remembered for his profound kindness, loyalty, ethic and wisdom.
Ivan left this world knowing that he had won the lottery for life when in 1973, he skillfully snatched Barbara Anne Wilkins away from another suitor. Barb stepped in to his heart and remained forever devoted, loving and playful. From that day on, every decision Ivan made, every step he took, was with Barb’s happiness in mind, right to his final day on the job.
Ivan's siblings, Edmond, Leo, Guy (Bonnie), and Joanne (Bob) and a variety of nieces and nephews, Barb’s family and numerous and lifelong friends, all with colorful personalities, complete the list of those left to embellish his memory.
Although Ivan lived a less than average life span, Ivan did not live an average life. He graduated from Laurentian, then Waterloo University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mathematics with the highest honours.
While by day, he researched numerous policy scenarios as a Treasury Board analyst for the Ontario Government, his true creativity was unleashed in the evenings and weekends as he perfectly manipulated wood and every other material, to renovate their spectacular homes. Working side by side, their gardens were as magnificent and caught the eye of every passer by. With just a little prompt from Barb, Ivan enthusiastically joined in the preparations for a simple afternoon outing, a rich adventure into the unknown or a fantastic sojourn to another part of the world.
Ivan also focused his razor-sharp mind on investing and real estate, particularly in gold mining stocks where, as he said, made and lost several fortunes. As well, for recreational fun, for two years, he took a summer job as a groundskeeper at the Kanata Lakes Golf Course adjacent to their home, where his work ethic became a source of inspiration to the much younger staff.
They left for the greener vineyards of the Niagara region six years ago, in part, to enjoy the milder winters.
Then, his body started to fail him, and he succumbed to the cruelty of ALS.
Although not necessarily in this order, Ivan was not fond of peanut butter, CNN, unions, Liberals, Democrats and hypocrites, but mostly, his recent inability to speak coherently.
Ivan’s retirement party will be held in Ottawa, August 13th with details to follow at ccbscares.ca.
Barb and Ivan wish to express their gratitude to the wonderful home care team and Niagara Hospice – in particular, the awesome staff at The Stabler Centre. Their contribution of care speaks highly of a profession devoted to improving the quality of life and offering compassionate care for people living with challenges. Please consider the Stabler Centre in the future when you make your charitable donations.
In lieu of flowers, finish a project, help a neighbour, or call someone – Ivan would have wanted that!
Arrangements entrusted to Considerate Cremation & Burial Services, 52 Scott Street West, St. Catharines.