Ian Stoba Craik, founder of Ingham Engineering died at his home on April 30 in Fort Lauderdale. He was 73.
His wife, Brenda Craik, wrote this remembrance:
“Ian was born in Dumfries, Scotland, where his father was a farmer. He was expected to take over the farm but he was too restless and charted his own course starting with a circumnavigation on the tall ship New Endeavour at the age of 18. He jumped ship in Antigua and so began his sea adventures through the Caribbean and Mediterranean.
“His exploits and career moves between boats included working for Shell Oil in Libya where he was put in charge of making moonshine to be injected into oranges; assembling cranes on North Sea oil rigs, and the repair of welding machines. The latter led to the formation of Ingham Engineering (named for the town in which he lived) and the name was resurrected in Fort Lauderdale when he became land-based again.
“Retiring in 2015, Ian spent more and more time in Scotland to the delight of his growing family and turned Ingham Engineering over to his friend and protege who owns and operates the company now. He returned to Fort Lauderdale to sell the house and move permanently to Scotland to enjoy his six grandchildren when he was taken ill. Ian passed away peacefully in his sleep on 30th of April. He will be buried in Scotland and is sorely missed by his family.”
He is mourned by their children and their spouses — Laura and Tony Browne, Isla and Hamish Craik-Guerrini, Andrea and Ruairidh MacGlone and Douglas and Rachael Brown — and six grandchildren as well as friends in Scotland and abroad in the yachting community.
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