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