Ian Keith Davis was born on August 11, 1948, outside of London England and passed away November 18, 2022, in Cape Coral Florida.
In the 1960’s, Ian was in a rock band called “Way Out”. He played keyboards and the occasional bass guitar. They played locally around London while the Beatles were playing in Liverpool. Ian saw the Beatles play at “The Cavern Club”. He and his bandmates reconnected 40+ years later and when Ian went to England during the summers, they played various county fairs. They were called “Rockers Reunited” and they have some videos on You Tube.
Ian emigrated to the US in the 1970’s while working for IBM in NC. When that project was completed, he returned to England, only to return to the US in the 1980’s to work for various International Banking institutions in NY as head of their IT Departments. In 1994 he married Donna and once again was transferred overseas. This time it was a 5-year assignment to Hong Kong where he was head of IT for all of Asia. While living in Hong Kong, Ian & Donna traveled extensively with his job going to Singapore, Thailand, Korea, Japan, Australia, & Greece to name just a few. Ian & Donna returned to the US in1999 to head up the Y2K project for Merrill Lynch. On Sept 11th, 2001, Ian was in Princeton NJ at Merrill Lynch’s campus when our world changed. He was responsible for getting 2000 ML employees up and running by weeks end – not an easy task. He retired from corporate life in 2013.
Retirement didn’t last long, and Ian lent his expertise to a start-up Tech company in Florida where he and Donna had relocated. Ian always loved being on the water and had a few sailboats during his life. While growing up in England, he would spend holidays with his parents and sister on the Norfolk broads. His dream was to have a sailboat in his backyard – which he accomplished while living in Florida. His life was celebrated by scattering his ashes on the water in Cape Coral Florida. Ian was with us in spirit that day – as soon as his ashes were scattered, a sting ray jumped out of the water. It surprised and shocked us! The captain of the boat hadn’t seen a sting ray in many years.
Ian is survived by his wife Donna. His two daughters Annabel McShane & Petra Farrier. Donna’s two daughters, Tanya Herring, her husband Dale, and Stacy Reynolds, her husband, Mike. He is also survived by six grandchildren (Elizabeth, Brendan, Owen, Ben, Morgan & Gus), four great grandchildren (Toby, Elliott, Theo & Ryan), his sister Rosalind Renouf, her husband, Chris, and a niece and nephew.