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“I loved and still love Ian--a most gracious, intelligent and hospitable human being. ”
1 of 9 | Posted by: Ina Hahn - Rockport, MA

“I had not seen Ian in +/- 35 years when he hosted a childhood friend reunion at his Lanesville home last year. He was the same witty, intelligent,...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Shelley (Smith) Laine - NH

“Ian and I shared many adventures and much silly laughter in Northampton in 79-81. I will miss that laugh the most. Hugs to all who knew and loved...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Shelley Mitchell - Manteca, CA

“Barry-I love you-Tina, Maria, Anna-Ilove you-But most of all-Ian I love you. Thought you would be here forever. Stopping by for a glass of wine, or...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Mimi (Kalina) Scione - Lanesville, MA

“Ian was so very special. Handsome, vibrant, funny, happy, concerned, stable, loving, and amazing. I knew Ian since we were children as I was friendly...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Melissa Smith Abbott - Gloucester, MA

“My Dear Ian, I just ran into Butch at Willow Rest yesterday and he told me the news. I had no idea. To say I'm shocked is a gross understatement. As...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Ned Nugent - Rockport, MA

“I just received the terrible news of Ian’s illness and passing. He was such a vibrant, intelligent man with exceptional warmth. The love and...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Lesley Cohen - Newton, MA

“Ian was a kind, intelligent and engaging soul, who conducted himself always with grace and dignity. His passing is a loss to us all: he leaves us...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Deborah McCutcheon - Cambridge, MA

“Ian was a gentleman; intellegent, kind, thoughtful and sensitive in the best ways. It was a gift to know Ian and to share time with him. My heart...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Ron Kosciak - Lynnfield, MA


Ian F. Lane, 55 Ian F. Lane, 55, husband of Barry Corden, of Gloucester, passed away peacefully at his home, on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 29, 2010, surrounded by those who loved him most. Ian was born on February 6, 1955 in Boston, MA , the son of George Edward and the late Christine (Cox) Lane. He attended The Lane School in Lanesville, continuing on at Brookline High School and U. Mass at Amherst where he received a BA. After several years as a business consultant, Ian focused on real estate, first in commercial leasing and later selling residential homes with Hunneman Back Bay, Coldwell Banker in the Boston's South End and then here in Gloucester. Ian was inspired by architecture and undertook his own total renovation of a South End brownstone that would become his magnificent home. He was the first to incorporate an elevator into the architectural plans for a South End row house building, an innovation copied by professional row house developers. Ian's eye for beauty led him to his cherished quarry-side home in Lanesville, which became his inspiration and sanctuary. Ian sought to preserve the grace and tranquility he found in Lanesville for everyone to experience and enjoy. He served on the boards of the Gloucester City Historical Commission and the Community Preservation Committee. Ian loved sailing races with his friends on The Avalon, photography, and cooking great meals for his many friends he graciously entertained. Ian is survived by his husband, Barry Corden, three sisters, Christine Lane of Cambridge, Anna Lane of Essex and Maria Lane and her partner, Vaclav Stejskal of Watertown, his father and stepmother, Ed and Nancy Lane of Santa Fe, NM and many cousins, aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his wonderful weimaraners, Carmen and Buckaroo. An engaging, well versed, straight forward, thoughtful and kind, much loved husband, brother and friend has gone, but his love of life, creative beauty, and his grand personality will live on in all our hearts forever. Ian had asked that there be no visiting hours or services. A memorial celebration of his life will be held in the near future. Contributions may be made in his memory to: The Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA 01930. Arrangements are made by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St. Gloucester, MA.

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