Iain Elliott Death – Obituary, Canford Founder And CEO Has Passed Away

By | January 6, 2022

Iain Elliott Death – Obituary – I am writing to the Canford family, our customers, suppliers and industry friends to share the sad news of Iain’s death. The team here knew that he was suffering from cancer, but the speed of its progression shocked all of us – including Iain himself – and he died at his home in Longhorsley, Northumberland, at about 4 am on Wednesday 29 December.

Iain and Liz, on their wedding day with Dylan the Old English Sheepdog.Iain was a man with many interests, and he pursued all of them with passion and attention to detail. I think I must have first got to know him in about 1973 (so not quite 50 years) when we were students in Durham, meeting socially, and occasionally on industrial archaeology bus trips, organised by him. Iain’s interest in buses and trains manifested itself in that era as he formed a business called ‘Catch a Coach’ to get students to and from university more cheaply than the railways were offering; this successful business forced the railways to introduce new ticketing ideas.

Iain Elliott Death – Obituary, Canford Founder And CEO Has Passed Away

Iain’s funeral will be a small affair on 7 January, with just a few of us at the graveside. There will be a memorial event at a later date, with some of Iain’s favourite music, and the Canford family will be able to participate.