Brian J. Ibbotson 11/4/31 – 4/30/17

My beloved husband, Brian John Ibbotson passed away Sunday April 30, 2017 after suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease.  A private celebration of life is being arranged.

He was born November 4, 1931 in Sheffield England and was invited to emigrate to Chicago by Amsted Industries International in 1968.  He became President of the International Division and retired in 1996.

We were married in England in 1961, and have two children; daughter Sally (Dave) Wolff and son Bill (Beth); grandchildren Alex, Sarah, Julian and Maria.

Brian’s hobbies were FAMILY, gardening, travel, tennis, walking, trains and cars.  He was a 25 year volunteer of the Chicago Botanical Gardens.

Brian was always considered by all to be an English Gentleman.

Donations can be made to the Brian Ibbotson Memorial Fund, C/O: The Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves – 1899 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville, IL 60048.  Donations will be directed towards Heron Creek Forest Preserve. 

3 Responses to Brian J. Ibbotson 11/4/31 – 4/30/17

  • David Cantwell says:

    Please accept my deepest condolences on Brian’s passing. When Beryl and Brian showed up to help me teach classes at CBG, it was a true delight to have their company. Yes, he truly WAS an English Gentleman! Gracious, witty, warm. What a great guy.

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

    All the Best to all of you,
    David Cantwell
    Chicago Botanic Garden

  • Bill Hessel says:


    So sorry for your loss. We always enjoyed both of you in garden club.

    Bill and Pat Hessel

  • Jack and Elaine Konko says:

    Beryl and family,
    We extend our condolences to you and to all who have had the opportunity to interact with Brian. We share the feeling of loss from his passing.
    Jack and Elaine Konko

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