Remembering Ian Gaynor


Dear ECAWA members,

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of Ian Gaynor.

Ian was always available to give advice and assistance to teachers, and helped shape computing education in WA.

I can’t remember a time as a teacher where Ian didn’t have a presence. His advice was always thoughtful, considered and friendly. I’m confident many Western Australian teachers would feel the same.

Ian will be sadly missed by all who knew him as a kind and gentle person, and a man of great wisdom, integrity and patience.

The Educational Computing Association of Western Australia extends very sincere condolences to Ian’s wife and family.

Michael King



Friends who wish to give thanks for the life and work of our highly esteemed Life Member, Past President, ACCE Board Member for WA, teacher, mentor, colleague and friend Ian Gaynor, are welcome to share comments and memories on this page.

Any photographs you may wish to share with Ian’s friends and family may be sent to for inclusion.

It would be much appreciated if you would send photographs at the highest resolution you have available.

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  • Roland Gesthuizen
    October 13, 2019 12:10 pm

    It was a delight to be with Ian when I was last in Perth at a recent ECAWA conference. When discovering that we were both Scout leaders, we challenged each other and to everybody’s surprise .. both turned up the next day wearing our Scout scarves. I remember his calm nature and friendly smile and reassuring words before I started my PhD journey. Vale Ian and as we say in scouts, ‘gone home’.

  • Very sad for the loss. I knew Ian for last 15 years and every time I met him he had a nice smile in his face. He has been always helpful, responsive to any questions I had for AIT, CSC or even Digital Technology. It is a great loss for SCSA, ECAWA and all of us. My deepest condolences to the family. Rest In Peace Ian.

  • Ian was of immense assistance in giving advice and linking me up with contacts when I started teaching in 2005 and was floundering around with new classes and unfamiliar courses having taken over from someone on sick leave. He always had a kind word and seemed to remember each and every interaction that we had when we ran into each other at conferences and PD regardless of the time that had passed in between. He will be missed.

  • Sorry to hear that Ian is no longer with us. I remember him as the rock that held the clear vision to always move forwards. His talents will be sorely missed. My condolences to his family.

  • Mike Burgermeister
    October 13, 2019 4:42 pm

    Ian was a very kind and thoughtful man who always had a great smile and was very helpful in AIT and CSC. WA education has lost a man who contributed so much to all who knew him. RIP Ian.

  • Melissa Marshall
    October 13, 2019 7:00 pm

    I am so saddened to hear of Ian’s passing. Ian helped me to become an effective Applied Information Technology and Computer Science teacher, and an advocate for digital technology. He encouraged me to deepen my understanding of the syllabus and teach it with passion. There really wasn’t anyone else like him and he will be so missed. Ian, thank you for everything. I will never be able to repay you but I will pass on your valuable gifts for the rest of my career.

  • I dealt with Ian over many years through both the ACS and more recently WAITTA. He was an honourable man with a good heart and vision: he recognised we could achieve so much more by working together. I will miss his smile, good humour and integrity.
    Vale Ian

  • Roger Atkinson
    October 14, 2019 8:54 pm

    I’m very saddened to receive this news today. Ian is very well-remembered by WAIER (Western Australian Institute for Educational Research), as a Committee member 2004-2011, including three years (2007-2009) service as President. A number of photos and President’s reports may be found by searching domain for “Ian Gaynor”, or via Ian, Clare and I and WAIER do remember you, so warmly.

  • Christine Spagnuolo
    October 15, 2019 8:41 am

    I am so very saddened to hear this news. Over many years I had so many conversations with Ian and had great respect for him. He was a very passionate educator and always offered so much valuable advice. Thank you so much Ian, you will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to his family. Vale Ian Gaynor.

  • Franca Dillon
    October 15, 2019 4:52 pm

    I am sorry to hear the sad news. Ian’s contribution to education, ECAWA and Digital Technologies is a credit to him. Ian has assisted, advised and supported so many educators over many years. He will be sadly missed. Sincere condolences to Ian’s family.

  • On behalf of the Australian Computer Society, our sincere condolences to Ian’s family.
    His passion, efforts, collaboration and dedication to ensure a sustainable cohort of ICT literate and capable teachers to grow and nurture our students in the STEM subjects across WA will be sorely missed.
    Vale Ian Gaynor!!!

  • Michelle Forrest
    October 17, 2019 7:30 pm

    I am very saddened to hear of Ian’s passing. I remember working with Ian for a number of years both with the Curriculum Council for ATAR AIT and ECAWA and I have never meet a more encouraging and supportive person of my career than Ian. He truely made me who I am today and without his belief in me and pushing me to strive to do more, meet his high standards and achieve more than I thought I could, I would’ve been ‘just’ an IT teacher. He was always such a friendly person who leant an ear to listen to on the phone and always strove to help you out above and beyond. He was very knowledgeable, well respected and worked hard to improve education standards. He will be greatly missed.

  • My Computer Science sparing partner for the past twenty years.
    You will be missed

  • Chris Carmody
    October 29, 2019 7:55 am

    Sadly I was overseas at the time of Ian’s passing and funeral. I have worked with Ian over a number of years and always had a high degree of respect for his professional expertise and helpfulness. We have lost a great contributor to our education community.