It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Ian Lloyd McQueen (1940-2021). Ian was born in Moncton, NB to the late Edmund and Constance (Richards) McQueen and the family then moved to Saint John in his youth. He graduated from Saint John High School in Grade 13 and then attended the University of New Brunswick where he graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He became an international traveler working at various related jobs and then furthered his education, graduating from the University of Melbourne with a Masters in Chemical Engineering. He worked for Hitachi Business International, Kyosho Corporation, Canon, and others. He continued as an international traveler, working in many countries including Australia, New Zealand, throughout the far east and then spending 12 years in Japan, where he became a writer translating technical manuals and an author. He penned bestselling travel guides for tourists traveling through Japan. Ian loved nature and the outdoors and was private by nature.
Ian met his future wife, Kazumi, while in Japan and then returned to Canada where they got married in Rothesay at Shadow Lawn. They settled down on a waterfront property in Glenwood looking out on Caton’s Island, where Ian built a huge retirement home by his own hand. Ian was passionate about photography, accumulating dozens of professional cameras, loved aviation, accumulating, and building dozens of model planes, as well as some boats and cars. His true interest and passion was debunking anthropogenic global warming now known as climate change and was very familiar to the editors of the Telegraph Journal, writing prolific letters on the subject.
Unfortunately, Ian was afflicted by Parkinson’s many years ago and it finally took its toll. He passed peacefully at St. John and St. Stephen Nursing Home where he spent his final days. The family would like to thank the staff at the home for taking excellent care of Ian when he couldn’t look after himself.
Ian is survived by his loving wife of 26 years. Most of his remaining family members reside in Japan and consist of stepdaughters Lina Sato (Yasumoto), Leina Kawachi (Hideaki), and stepson Masaki. Also are his nieces Moena and Maya and nephew Mikey and a nephew Matthew who is living in California. He will be missed by his good friends Bob and Bonnie Cromwell who he relied on when Parkinson’s overtook his abilities.
At Ian’s request, there will be no visitation or funeral service. For those who wish, donations in his memory may be made to the SPCA Animal Rescue.
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SPCA Animal Rescue
295 Bayside Drive,, Saint John NB E2J 1B1