Ian Willis

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Ian Willis of Cambridge Woodcraft Folk collapsed and died at home unexpectedly last week, at the age of 58 leaving his family and friends shocked and devastated. He was extraordinarily active in woodcraft folk over much of the past 20 years, both nationally and in the Cambridge district.

His combination of boundless energy, playfulness and the joinery skills of a true craftsman made him an invaluable member of the Cambridge Woodcraft Folk; he was responsible for many camp innovations involving fire and water. His talents as a juggler, unicyclist and dramatist were impressive. More recently Ian was a key member of the Cambridge Woodcraft team that brought Darsham Country Centre back to life.

He was particularly fond of relaxing over a pint or two with friends at the end of a long day at camp, very often in one of the legendary incarnations of the “Peg and Mallet” pub he created at regional and international camps. His is survived by his wife Gill Miller (aka Gill Boys) who he met through the Folk, and his two sons, Tom and Martyn.

There will be a celebration of Ian's life at 2:30pm on Friday 23 May
Venue : The Beeches village community centre, Mill Street, Isleham, CB7 5RY.
No flowers please: Donations instead to East Anglian Air Ambulance. All Welcome.
Enquiries to Gill Miller-Willis sunset@phonecoop.coop