Captain Ian William Collister

Our thanks to Malcolm Coomer for notify SCARA of the recent death of Captain Ian William Collister and to Mike Chapman for co-ordinating the tribute posted on the PONL Heritage website (below).

Captain Collister died on the 4th September and his funeral took place on the Isle of Man 13th September. We offer our sincere condolences to his wife and family.

Belinda McCormack

SCARA Membership Secretary


We have received the sad news of the passing of SCARA member Captain Ian William Collister from his friend, Malcolm Coomer.    

Ian Collister was born in July 1935 in Douglas on the Isle of Man.  He joined the Merchant Navy aged 16 in 1951 and pursued a career as a deck officer with Alfred Holt/Blue Funnel, gaining his Master Mariner's certificate in 1962.  He transferred to Overseas Containers Limited (OCL) as a chief officer and sailed as master on various company vessels including the Osaka Bay, Kowloon Bay and Providence Bay. 

Ian retired from P&O Containers in 1995 but retained his interest in the sea as a regular member of the crew of a boat based on the Isle of Man which took part in twice-weekly local races.   In retirement, Ian and his wife Diana very much enjoyed taking cruise holidays.  He was also a very keen walker in the Manx countryside and at one point was an archaeological guide at Rushen Abbey

Ian’s funeral took place at Douglas Borough Crematorium on the Isle of Man on Wednesday 13 September 2023.  On the left is a recording of the funeral service which includes a eulogy from another good friend of his, Captain John Peterson.  An abbreviated excerpt from the description that accompanies the YouTube recording is quoted below: 

"Captain Ian William Collister of Colby passed away peacefully on Monday 4th September 2023 at the age of 88 at Noble’s Hospital, surrounded by his family. Beloved husband for 62 years and best friend of Di (Diana), much loved father of Mel and Mike and his partner Jane, proud Grandad to Jim and his wife Valentina, Great Grandfather (Humpty) of Jilliann...  Dearly loved by his sister Kay and his nephew and three nieces, and his brother in law Jo." 

Anyone who would like to make a donation in Ian's memory is invited to do so with the suggested charity recipients being Hospice Isle of Man, Southern Befrienders and/or Parkinson’s Research UK."

In addition to a few words from Malcolm, when some of Captain Collister's former sea staff and FMD colleagues were contacted they provided their recollections:

We would like to pass on our deepest sympathies to Ian's wife Diana, his family and his friends.  


Updated 24/09/2023