Ian Allister Beattie, 50 years, passed away at his home in Humboldt on Friday, April 2, 2021. Ian was born on February 18, 1971 at University Hospital in Saskatoon, the first child for parents Allister and Olive. Ian often talked with great pride about when his “little sister, Moira” came home to the farm and how he put all his stuffed toys out for her. He spent his early years on the farm that was shared with his Grandmother and Uncle Allan, with whom he had a special bond, with many, many fond memories. In 1979, the family moved into Foam Lake, where Ian remained until he finished high school. Having always had a supreme interest in television and a skill for acting, Ian attended Western Academy of Broadcasting in Saskatoon and started his career in radio before landing his first media job with CTV in Yorkton. He then moved to Regina where he worked as a video journalist and had the privilege of interviewing Royalty and Governmental heads as well as many celebrities. Some of his highlights included when he got to meet the Queen and Prince Phillip, as well as when he sang “We are the People in your Neighbourhood” on air with Bob McGrath on the CTV news, and when he starred in the lead role in an episode of “Crime Stories” for syndicated television, but perhaps most of all, was when he got to go the Price Is Right and actually talk to his idol, Bob Barker. Ian had an amazing quality that allowed him to connect with the youngest of children to the eldest of seniors and was an innocent and lovable character, often seen by most as a “little brother” or a charming young man, regardless, all were proud to know him. He was honoured to call people like Kiefer Sutherland, Bob McGrath, Anitra Ford, and many others his friends. He was most proud of his nephews and nieces and his extended family nephews and nieces, playing everything from restaurant to TV station with them over the years. Ian had a Big Heart, literally, and in his last years, living in Humboldt, he fell prey to the more severe aspects of his illness, which ultimately took his life. Ian touched the lives of everybody he encountered and will be sadly missed by many more people than he ever realized. A special Thank you to Dr. Schatz, who was Ian’s champion and friend in the last years of his life. Ian was predeceased by his father Allister, and his Uncle Allan. He is survived by his special friend, Michael Behiel; his mother, Olive; sister Moira (Dennis) Littlewood; and his nephews: Cody (Anna) and children Hunter, Darren, Lucas; Travis (Bailey) and children Piper, Oliver and Jackson; Zachary and daughter Zoey; Connor (Katya); Logan and Alex; as well as his “second” family, the Behiels. A Celebration of Ian’s life will be held virtually once all details are finalized.
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