Ian Thatcher, (Thatch), R.I.P. 28/08/2010

According to posts on other websites -
Ian Thatcher, (Thatch), died on Saturday 28/08/2010.

Ian was the founder of FS-Shipyards, and a former supporter of both The ODG Project and FREEflow.

Ian Thatcher was an extremely prolific developer of flight-sim content,
across nearly all aspects of the platform.

To such an extent that most simmers who download,
possibly have at least one of his products installed,
yet are unaware, as he'd published them under a series of assumed identities.
As Gerrish Gray - Various tree enhancement packages
As Andy Weir - Various terrain-meshes and landclass packages.

Over the years Ian has supplied hosting to many developers and groups,
providing an incubator environment for their projects,
and often doing so out of his own pocket.

I am, and always will be, extremely appreciative
of all the assistance Ian so generously provided -
- To me personally, specifically in configuring, hosting and supporting fs-odg.com
- In configuring, hosting and supporting all the fs-groups domains
- And for all his contributions and advice.

Our condolences to his wife Tracey, and his family.
Ian will be greatly missed.

Paul Donnelly


Staff member
Resource contributor
I'm truly sorry to read this. My condolences to his family.

I fondly remember the AVSIM forum exchanges we had several years ago ( he, as Gerrish Gray ). :)

Goodbye, my friend.



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FSDevConf team
Resource contributor
I can only echo what has been said. Ian was a major contributor to the advancement and enjoyment of our hobby.

My condolences to his family for their loss.


Resource contributor
A aircraft by any other name, is still an aircraft....

But this man, by any other name is still Ian!

Your presents will be lost!


Resource contributor
I am truly sorry to know about this. I keep in my mind many discussions on several aspects of the inner working of FS that I had with Gerrish. I particulary remember how precise he was when writing simple emails about FS.

My condolences to his family.

Luis Sá


Staff member
FSDevConf team
Resource contributor
This is sad news indeed. As mentioned by others I have great memories of the discussions we had on the AvSim forums in the days of FS2002, where we dived deep into how the sim works. Gerrish Grey was an essential part of those discussions (and I never realised that was not his real name).

My condolences to his family.
Ian I only knew You as Gerrish Gray from your tree enhancement packages; thanks for those.

Everything has been said already...
My condolences to his family.