|Comments:||I met Ivor when he was 17, he used to come down every Saturday
from Lisburn and we would walk round to Harry Halls and look through the comics and talk shite, and then he would come to the Ximoc meetings and we had a great laugh and rip the pish out each other. Ivor never bought a cigarette in his life, or at least, I never saw him buy one, but he must have smoked about 20 a day.I remember one glorious summers day, when it was just me and Hilary and Ivor doing Ximoc, Hilary took us to Helen's Bay and gave us a letter Alan Moore had written-this was when he was writing Swamp Thing and a really big name-and he wrote the most fabulous letter about Ximoc, and it made us feel like giants.Ivor and I shared two houses, and you always knew when he was painting, because the doorknobs were always smeared with paint, but he was a good lad at heart, loved all sorts of art. I miss you, man, life's too quiet without you.
|Comments:||its hard to believe it was 9 years ago today that ivor died.
ive been thinking about the wee hallion.
the links on this site are out of date im going to update it all if anyone has pics etc i could use pls send to email@example.com
|Comments:||Been living in England since 97. Only found out about your untimely death. Residing in Bristol now, such a vibrant scene- you would ve loved it here i think. Am shocked and saddened today. Remembering good times in Belfast .
Rest in peace my friend
I'm so sorry: I never even knew you were dead. Typical. That's another peer from the early '80s days irretrievably lost to us. as with some of the other signers-in (signers-on?), I knew you only for a short but unforgettably intense period in the lives of all us Belfast/NI "alternative" types during 1981-'83. I recall we had verious mutual friends - funny, I often think of you, even lately; oblivious until tonight (7.15 pm on Wed. 3rd February 2010) that you were dead. But I remember your warmhearted spirit that also lived in your drawings. And I frequently invoke your lovely voice, ever seeming to carry the edge of an involuntary giggle. Plus: you were the only Ivor I ever knew. Please say hello to Ken.
|Comments:||I hope you are getting fed with tea and oranges that come all the way from China up there brother|
|Comments:||Jesus Ivor, you silly bugger.
I hope you're still having a laugh somewhere and laying great plans for comics that, invariably, never happen. Fred and John used to confound me with tales of your outrageous sexual exploits (tales that become more and more elaborate the more and more it looked like I was taking every word in). Then you'd turn up at the comic shop, they'd go quiet and I'd just look at you thinking "is THIS guy really the sexual dynamo they've been telling me?". And the banter would begin in earnest.
I used to enjoy nipping up to your flat and popping in a seeing you and Nicola (pretty girl, became an airline stewardess when that job actually required pretty girls) and talking about comics and the story of yours I never got around to drawing more than a page of.
Ah, fuck it, Ivor. I miss you mate. I wish you were here to see the small success I've finally accomplished in comics (judging by your obit, I think we got on well because we both managed to achieve less than people thought we could).
I wish I could find that photo of you where you look like Satan himself. Man, you could laugh.
Anyhue, big man, I'm off to find some other dead people I can send emails/sign guestbooks of. You're always thought off well, my friend, true in both life and death. I hope we can all say the same.
|Comments:||I only knew him briefly, at York Street, and his woodcut prints were great. I Googled his name today, because he was one of the people I thought 'most likely to succeed', and I wondered if he had, and found this website. Very sad.|
|Comments:||your spirit is still here your painting is still in my kitchen and Al Pacino/Dustin Hoffman and de Niro all send their regards to the one who taught them all how to act. There's only one Iomhar Lavery. May you rest in peace. There's a pint o guinness waitin for you.|
|Comments:||Another picture of Ivor here:
|Comments:||Gosh Ivor, remember when we were going to get married at the City Hall that time just to shock everyone for the hell of it!?? Great days..Miss you so much...lovely to see Chris and Darby o'Gill on the pics here.....mary fitz|
|Name:||the aforementioned "Big Fred"|
|Comments:||Miss you Ivor. We always had a huge and very irreverent at all and sundry. Who is there to drink with now? Lightning, you were and are a one off. Belfast is a duller place since your departure.
PS: Alright, Pieter? ;)
|Name:||Pieter A Bell|
|Comments:||Hi ‘Kid Alien’
Still missing you, always expect to ‘bump’ into you on some crazy night out. I have real fond memories of the nights out with Big Fred and the discussions we would have on life, the universe, art and comics/comix of course.
|Comments:||great site but it needs more content i have sent a photo of me and ivor to that address i hope you include it on the site|
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