Ian Stokes Obituary, Death – Ian Stokes of Madison, New Jersey has passed away unexpectedly. Ian was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on March 3. In September 2005, Ian earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. At the time, he was a Wilderness Emergency Medical Responder. Ian attended Litchfield’s Forman School before enrolling at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. Knowing Ian meant falling in love with him. Skiing, hiking, fishing, and surfing were just a few of his favorite outdoor hobbies. He was happiest when he was outside in nature, especially in the mountains of western North Carolina or on the coast of North Carolina.
Ian displayed an unusual level of affection and loyalty to his family and friends. You knew he had an extremely compassionate heart whether you met him for a short time or for the duration of his all-too-brief existence. You were instantly a member of Ian’s universe because everyone was his friend. He never said anything unpleasant about anyone and, to some extent, saw the best in everyone. Ian was a force to be reckoned with, thanks to his sharp wit and sense of humour. Ian’s pleasant and entertaining attitude was tainted by a relentless addiction. We would be dishonoring Ian’s memory if we were not open about his difficulties.
Our family wants you to know that no one is immune to our society’s drug pandemic. Because his death caused anguish and great pain, stories like his should not be discounted. Others will hear and learn from his narrative. His existence is shaped by more than just his demons. It’s worth noting that Ian never gave up trying to beat his addiction. He had a strong will to live. Ian is survived by his parents, Dan and Carita Stokes, his sister Lara-Anne Stokes Bradley and her husband Chad Bradley, and his cherished niece Wells Bradley.
He is also survived by aunts, uncles, and cousins who all played important roles in his life and helped him get through difficult moments. Many lifelong friends and their families survive him. Ian was one-of-a-kind and will be sorely missed. We would like to express our gratitude to Tyler and Robin Richards, Robert Beatty, and Dawn McComb, as well as the many others who assisted Ian in finding his way. Ian recently stated that he had found new peace with himself and was satisfied with his spiritual path.