Passed away suddenly at Warrnambool on August 24, 2022

Aged 63 years

Loved father of Chris and Matt

Fond father-in-law of Amanda and Bec

Adored Pop/Poppy of Tyler, Bailey; Emma, & Mia

Former husband of Sue

Funeral Notice

ServiceSeptember 6, 2022 - 10:30 am271 Raglan Parade Warrnambool, VIC Venue: Eastern Park

The Funeral Service for IAN will be held at the Eastern Park Chapel, 271 Raglan Parade, Warrnambool on TUESDAY (September 6) commencing at 10.30a.m. The cortège will leave at the conclusion of the Service for the Tower Hill cemetery. The Service will be streamed at the above date and time, it can be viewed on our ‘Streaming’ section


  1. Little belated but so sorry to see our good mate go. Many fishing abd yabbying days with many others regards and sorry to Sue and kids. Stewy Hyder.

    Stewart Hyder October 21, 2022
  2. ‘Ernie’, I enjoyed working with you at the ‘Bool’ and I’ll never forget your dry sense of humour. Neither will the unrepentant traffic offender to whom you responded, ‘you’ll run out of money before I run out of tickets’. Rest in peace buddy. Iveta and Mark VONARX.

    MARK VONARX October 3, 2022
  3. I cannot believe this. I am late by chance.
    From the ‘Bool “Dugong draw-off tournaments” of the 80’s to the pranks played on me as a signwriter up a ladder on early Sunday morning jobs in Liebig St through the 90’s from a patrol car…never forget “Bin Night”
    our sincere sympathy to Sue, Chris & Matt (I remember when each of you lads were born)
    Vale you magnificent man.
    Duncan McKenzie

    Duncan McKenzie September 15, 2022
  4. To Sue and the boys our thoughts are with you today. Paul and Anne Rayner.

    Paul Rayner September 6, 2022
  5. Goodbye Ernie. Many memories and stories, many unpublishable. Regards to Sue and family. Peter Mcrae.

    Peter Mcrae September 5, 2022
  6. Heartfelt sympathy to Sue, Matt, Chris & families. We are deeply saddened by the loss of a workmate and friend who lightened up every day with your humour and just being you. Rolling up to work looking like you had slept in your uniform was something I failed to change over the 26 years I was your Supervisor. Warrnambool won’t be the same. Farewell my friend.
    Pauline and Glen Riddle

    Glen Riddle September 3, 2022
  7. Chris, Matt,Sue & Wendy,
    Our thoughts are with You and your families at this sad time.
    Fond memories of the good times in Swan St. & the Bool.
    R.I.P. valued friend (20216)Animal.
    Trevor,Gillian & Family

    Trevor Niklaus September 2, 2022
  8. “The Animal”..Memories and laughter of the Hotel Warrnambool days, a game of squash,a strum of the guitar and sing-a-long. Deepest sympathy to your 2 sons, grandchildren, and to Sue and families. “Gone fishing”

    Michele Everall

    Michele Everall Walker September 1, 2022
  9. Deepest sympathy to Sue Chris Matt and families. Ian was a great mate and fun to work and socialise with. Fond memories of all the stuff we did together. John, Debby, Adam & Emily Brown

    John Brown September 1, 2022
  10. Oh Boofy, so sad that this has happened to you so soon after working all those years and not get to enjoy a life in retirement. I have so many fond memories and stories of my time working with you for many years in the “job”. The road safety council meetings were always made more interesting when you turned up, which was usually a certainty as there was free food. 😆 The days at gillies street when you would be challenged for a wrestle with our colleagues, the time you participated in the police team for the Murray to Moyne, and how by some miracle you got punctures on your bike so had to spend most of the trip in the support car consuming a few ales. I can just go on with so many stories. You will be dearly missed. Taken way too soon boofy. 🥺 my condolences to Chris and Matt, Sue and family. From Trudy

    Trudy morland September 1, 2022
  11. Our love and thoughts are with Chris,Matt,Sue and the entire Hatfield family at this sad time. Ian will be forever remembered for his devilish sense of humour and fun. His hearty laughter and impish chuckles will be sorely missed by his family and many friends.
    Frond memories of a true friend.
    R.I.P. Ian . Elaine, Des, Darren, Tim and all the Fitzgerald’s.
    He had a rough exterior, marshmallow interior.

    Elaine Fitzgerald September 1, 2022
  12. Our heartfelt loss and sympathies go to Ian’s family Chris Matt Sue and their families; another dear colleague went so soon I, too, remember the 80s at the Bool
    a friendly, jovial man fun to be with

    Lenny Clarke and Aboriginal Community

    Len Clarke September 1, 2022
  13. To Sue and the family, Condolences. Fond memories of Ernie great to work with during my time at the bool. Stay safe. Trelly

    Graeme Threlfall September 1, 2022
  14. Heartfelt sympathies to Chris, Matt, and families, to Sister Wendy and Sue.
    We made so many memories and stories that will be told forever. RIP Animal.
    Shane Dowie and family.

    Shane Dowie September 1, 2022
  15. Deepest sympathies to Matt, Chris, Sue and families, great neighbours of Swan st, thinking of you all
    Kylie Nolan and family

    kylie Nolan August 31, 2022
  16. My old friend Ernie, so many laughs and memories of working with you during the 80s at the ‘bool. Condolences to Sue and family.

    Henry van Andel August 31, 2022
  17. We are saddened by the sudden loss of cousin Ian. Our sincere sympathy to his family and extended family members.
    Denise & Jeff Boswell (née Nicholson)

    Denise Boswell August 31, 2022
  18. Dear Sue, Matt and Chris and families, fond memories of Swan Street Christmas parties and at Helen and Trevors. Always happy and fun. Geraldine and Peter Melican

    Geraldine Melican August 30, 2022
  19. A very sad loss. Deepest condolences to Chris, Mat and your children.

    Fond memories of a wonderful man. Ian will be remembered as a kind, funny and considerate brother and good friend to many.

    Rest In Peace. Gone but never forgotten. Your memory lives on. Wendy.

    Loving memories also from bygone times from your immediate family.
    Mother. Lorna (dec)
    Father. Ernie. (Dec)
    Brother. Jim. (Dec)
    Sister. Sheryl. (Dec)

    Wendy Chambers August 30, 2022
  20. To Sue and family we are so sorry to hear this sad news – all our love Helen and Bernie

    Helen shone August 28, 2022
  21. Ian was just a wonderful big man full of character. Always chuckling and happy to be around his friends. You will be missed of that I am certain my friend. No more humorous comments or words of wisdom at the court door anymore. Rest In Peace.

    David MacPhail August 28, 2022
  22. Deepest sympathy to all the Hatfield family, will miss our Monday drinks and laughs, rest in peace Bobby, Bill and Heather Hunting

    heather hunting August 27, 2022
  23. Dear Sue, Chris and Matt, so sorry for your loss. So many memories of our time at Hamilton when Ernie was central to a lot of laughs and good times. A bit frustrating playing golf or squash with him, he scored differently some how. Good times in Swan St. with Ian and Trevor.

    Phil Pettingill August 27, 2022
  24. Sincere condolences to Sue, Chris & Matt & families, thinking of you all, RIP Ian, Love Chris Richardson (Hatfield) xx

    Christine Richardson August 26, 2022
  25. To dear Sue. Chris Matt and families. Our deepest sympathy to you all. Will always remember our fun times at Swan Street.. love Julie. Amanda and Corey xxx

    Julie Small August 25, 2022
  26. ‘Ernie’ I fondly remember the days when we were stationed at Hamilton back in the late 70’s and the mischief that you and others got up to living in the single men’s quarters and the numerous laughs that we had on shifts. RIP Ian.

    Gary Stokie August 25, 2022
  27. My heart felt sympathy to Sue,Chris,Matt and families.

    Julie August 25, 2022