McINNES, Ian R59316
Born at Portland, Vic, on 21 June 1945, Ian’s first employment was as a trainee printer. He enlisted in the RAN on 27 June 1962 as a Recruit Naval Airman for 9 years and did his initial training at HMAS Cerberus (FND). He then was posted to HMAS Albatross [RANAS Nowra] where he trained as a Naval Airman specialising in Safety Equipment.
After spending a short period at HMAS Harman he was drafted to HMAS Yarra for several years, interspersed with short period at HMAS Albatross. Ian was promoted to Leading Airman SE on 31 March 1967. Remarkably, he was then posted to HMAS Vampire several times and clocked-up quite a bit of sea time.
Ian was married and had two children: Stuart and Adrienne. Following his service in the Navy he started a new career in the Transport Industry, which continued until his retirement as State Manager at Hi Trans Express. In retirement he enjoyed spending time with family and friends, fishing and attending the annual Anzac Day parade. The highlight of that day each year was the luncheon, which gave him the opportunity to catch up with old friends and to reminisce. He was very proud of his service in the Navy, which he always regarded as a pivotal time in his life.
The funeral service was held in Werribee on Friday 02 November, followed by a private cremation.