Ian Marc Beaubien, 1, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, died Feb. 1, five days short of his second birthday.

Born Feb. 6, 2009, in Providence, R.I., Ian made the most of his time with his family. His favorite sports involved balls. Whether they could be kicked, rolled, thrown or carried did not matter; he excelled at one and all.

He loved to play with Marc, knock, knock, Marc. Favorite pastimes included collecting cars and trams and dabbling in the culinary arts; he loved his kitchen.

Ian's chosen vocation was a racecar driver, something in which he was rarely bested (and then, only by his twin brother, Evan).

Ian loved music and appreciated the piano lessons, at both Grandpa and Grandma's and at Dave and Crystal's. He loved to help clean up, whether it was potatoes at GG's or grapes at Grandad and Gram's.

During adventures in the past year, Ian created artwork that hangs on the walls of the most important galleries and refrigerators in the world; he climbed mountains in the Colorado Rockies; he dove and swam in the frigid Atlantic; he rode a train across the northeast countryside; and he mastered his chosen musical instrument -- the harmonica.fIan received excellent guidance from his godparents, Cathy and Jay. Ian gave many pat-pats and toy tosses to his beagle Charlie, who looks for him still, and he enjoyed pub lunches with his Mom, Dad and Evan.

Ian is survived by his Dad and Mom, Louis and Megan Beaubien, his twin brother, Evan "Dedin", his uncle Marc Beaubien and Gram and Grandad (Judy and Lou Beaubien), all of Halifax, GG (Georgia) and Walter Ferguson of Waterbury, Grandpa (George) and Grandma (Laura) McLaughlin of New Milford, his aunt and uncle, Tricia and Pierre Pellerin of Boston, his aunt, Christina Beazley of Halifax, his uncle and aunt, David and Crystal Beazley of Halifax, his uncle and aunt, Sean and Jayne McLaughlin; his cousins, Maggie and Josie, all of Spokane, Wash., and his aunt and uncle, Erin and Richard Roark of Philadelphia.

His family said he made them all better people, was loving and loved, and made friends everywhere he went. They said he is missed and will forever be the missing piece.

Ian and his family would like to thank the dedicated team at the Cleft Palate Clinic at the IWK and ask that in lieu of flowers donations in memory of Ian be made to Cleft Endowment Fund at Dalhousie University, Office of External Relations, MacDonald Building, Halifax, NS, B3H 3J5, Canada. For more information, contact jen.laurette@dal.ca or 800-565-9969.