The Insurance Institute of Liverpool has said a sad farewell following the passing of friend and colleague Ian Gearing, a longstanding member of both the CII and the Insurance Institute of Liverpool.
Mr Gearing was a key figure in the Insurance Institute of Liverpool’s history – taking on the president role a total of three times, including for Liverpool’s centenary year. The role was also held by Ian’s father Eric Gearing in 1971.
Mr Gearing was also honorary secretary of the Institute from 1974 to 1984, as well as being the institute’s dinner secretary for more than 20 years, responsible for organising the institute’s annual dinner, attended by many Liverpool institute members over the years.
On a national basis, Mr Gearing sat on the CII’s Representative Council, representing local institutes across the North West and was also instrumental in founding the Isle of Man Institute in 1987.
He worked for several organisations over the years, including Gearing & Gilfoyle, Harley Temple, Burke Ford and Exchange Insurance Services.
Outside of work, he was a supporter of Everton Football Club, enjoyed playing tennis at Heswall Tennis Club and was also known to be a keen connoisseur of French red wine.
Mr Gearing, who was honoured with an Exceptional Service Award for his volunteer work, will be much missed by the Insurance Institute of Liverpool council and the wider profession.