It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Ian Unser. Ian oversaw Matco-Norca’s purchasing department for 27 years. He recently retired and moved back home to South Africa to be with his family. His charm touched the lives of many friends and associates across Europe, Australia, and the Americas. To say Ian will be missed is an understatement.
Born in Fish Hoek, Cape Province, on September 10, 1950, Ian spent his boyhood in Cape Town and attended the University of the Western Cape. He did his National Service in the Cape Town Highlanders and later, the South African Navy in the Submarine Corps. Ian migrated to the Johannesburg area in the early 1980s, eventually founding the company Execulink Associates with several partners in 1988. In 1994, Ian and his family emigrated to New York, USA, where he spent the next 27 years as a senior executive at the Matco-Norca Company in upstate New York. He retired in October, 2021, and returned to the Western Cape to live out his retirement—overlooking False Bay.
Ian’s charm touched the lives of many friends and associates across Europe, Australia, and the Americas. From his Muldersdrift farm “Protea Hill” to his Pawling, New York lake cottage “Uwindi,” and his final home “Whale Cottage,” Ian carried his quiet good humor and love of life wherever he went.
Ian was deeply devoted to his family, including his children Claire, Marc (Kim) of Cape Town and their daughters Mieke and Bella; and daughter Caitlin in New York. He also leaves behind a brother, Bruce (Tracey), nieces, nephews, and step-daughter Valerie Li of New York.