TRIBUTES have been paid to a Scarborough Rotarian who raised thousands of pounds for people around the world.
Ian Forbes died suddenly aged 67 after a heart attack while on holiday in Italy with his wife.
As dozens across the town attend his funeral today, friends have paid tribute to the father of two who was a former president of Scarborough’s Rotary Club.
Current president Michael Goode, said: “The Rotary motto is ‘service before self’ and Ian had that in spades. He was astonishing in his efforts to raise money and support the community.
“He was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed by his family; our prayers are with them.
“Ian will also be hugely missed by the Rotary. He was a big player and we will all feel his loss.”
During his time with the Rotary Mr Forbes raised around £14,000 for the Shelter Box Appeal, sending aid to people across the world affected by disaster.
Within three days of the Haiti earthquake Mr Forbes had organised a display and collection for Shelterboxes and collected enough to send nine boxes of aid. He also visited schools across the area to promote the appeal.
In recognition of his work with Rotary Mr Forbes was presented The Paul Harris Fellowship Award, which is awarded for outstanding contribution to Rotary and the local community.
Mr Forbes also raised thousands for local causes as secretary of the annual Crown Tavern Walk, which this year alone has raised more than £4,000.
Husband of Joan, and father to Alastair and James, Mr Forbes was a doting grandfather of four.
His career saw him spend many years working with Scarborough Council. Mr Forbes trained as a public health inspector in the West Riding and joined the Scarborough Rural District Council in the early 1970s, before transferring to Scarborough Council when it was formed in 1974.
He held a number of posts within the Environmental Health and Housing Services department, retiring in 1999 as deputy director.
Andy Skelton, the current head of Environmental Services, who worked with Mr Forbes for many years, said: “Ian worked incredibly hard to ensure that the council delivered the best possible service for residents, and was held in high regard by both colleagues and councillors.
“He had a reputation for making fair and sensible decisions but also had a mischievous sense of humour which all who knew him valued greatly.”
Mr Forbes’ funeral was held at St Mary’s Church today. Donations were collected for the British Heart Foundation in his memory.