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Rest in Peace: Ian Bugg (1949-2023)

Ian Bugg, who closed the doors of Shepparton Camera House earlier this year, passed away peacefully surrounded by family, on August 16.

Ian Bugg at Shepparton Golf Club, where he was a life member. (Source: Shepparton Golf Club.)

Ian was a photo retailing ‘lifer’, having moved to Shepparton after selling his camera store in Ringwood almost 40 years ago. As is too often the case, Ian was unsuccessful in finding a buyer for the store, shutting the doors in January this year.

At the time he told the Shepparton News he ‘needed to enjoy what time is left’ having lost his beloved wife Corrinne some three years earlier to pancreatic cancer. Sadly that time was measured in months rather than years.

The term which seemed to define Ian in the eyes of those who knew him was ‘one of nature’s gentlemen.’  John Rule (Brands Australia), who brought his death to our attention said, ‘I’ve known Ian for many years and he was a true gentlemen of the industry. I will miss him.’

As well as a life member of the photo industry, he was a Life Member of the Shepparton Golf Club, having  contributed much time and treasure over the years: ‘ Ian was an extremely valued member of our club serving in many roles including as President and most recently as Treasurer over his many years as a member.’

He is survived by daughters Rachel and Courtney and six grandchildren.






  1. Stefan Stefan August 31, 2023

    How terribly sad. Called on Ian for many years, always a pleasure to deal with. Dinners at the Lakeview were always so much fun and laughter. Lets hope the Swannies can do it for Buggie next Friday !

  2. Noel Blake Noel Blake August 31, 2023

    Sad news on his passing. Called on Ian at Ringwood and Shepp. Always enjoyed his company as well as lots of social events. I am a better person for having known Buggies over many years. May he rest in peace. Condolences to his family.

  3. Peter Rose Peter Rose August 31, 2023

    First met Ian and Corrine in 1982 at the Osawa launch of The Mamiya Franchise held in Bali.
    He was always a “thinker” and made decisions on his business and life style that always impressed.
    His love of Shepparton ,golf and his wife were life long. Very sad to hear of his passing.
    Peter Rose

  4. Peter Cosham Peter Cosham August 31, 2023

    So very sad to hear of Ian’s passing, he was always great company and I valued the time we got to spend together although unfortunately due to distance we hadn’t as much contact I would have liked. RIP mate.

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