Statement from Conservative BC leader Trevor Bolin, on the passing of Lifetime Honorary Member Ian Pyper
I and all Conservatives in BC owe a debt of gratitude for the decades he served with the hope of bringing about a Conservative government once again in our province.
Ian Pyper, a key campaigner for B.C.’s Conservatives, has passed away at his home in Victoria, at the age of 91, following a lengthy illness.
Ian was born and raised in Kamloops, attended Kamloops High School, and then went on to study law at the University of British Columbia.
It was in his teen years in Kamloops when he first became involved in politics, eventually going on to become heavily involved in the campaigns of Kamloops Member of Parliament E. Davie Fulton, the Honourable John Fraser, and Douglas Jung, who became the first Chinese Canadian to be elected to a legislature in Canada.
In addition to his involvement with politics at the federal level, Ian Pyper also worked hard for Conservatives here in B.C., and was especially instrumental in helping to maintain stability within the Party from 2010 to 2018. During those years Ian was a key supporter who worked diligently for the Party.
At various points he took on the role of Provincial Vice President, and chairman of several crucial committees, including Policy Review and Leadership Candidate Selection. In addition to his time and effort, Ian was also a strong and generous financial contributor, right up to and including his later years and despite health concerns.
For his efforts and support, and his keen ability to bring people together in a common goal, he was honored in Prince George at the party’s 2016 Annual General Meeting with a Lifetime Honorary Membership in recognition of his many volunteer hours and wise counsel.
Although I wasn’t able to work directly with Ian, I and all Conservatives in BC owe a debt of gratitude for the decades he served with the hope of bringing about a Conservative government once again in our province.
Ian’s memory will continue to live on within our organization as we cherish the values he championed.