Meet Ian Tilley

Welcome to our Meet the Resident articles. Introducing you to some of the wonderful residents who live in our homes across Tasmania, and sharing their stories.

“A chip off the old block”, Ian Tilley has been following in his father’s footsteps ever since he was allowed to ride on his dad’s motorbike, at age three! A lifelong passion ensued that saw Ian working as a mechanic, taking over the family garage business, and then onto running his very own motorcycle dealership in Launceston. 

Ian has ridden professionally and competed at various big circuits, like Bathurst, across the country. A born and bred, proud Tasmanian, he’s also been awarded lifetime membership with the Tasmanian Motorcycle Club – which he’s been a member of since he was only 17.

From the land to the sea, Ian has also been a keen yachtsman. Ian and his crew graduated from racing dinghies to racing yachts and even competed in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. ‘Life is what you make it,’ he tells us.

He and wife Patty only recently moved into Rosary Gardens, but Ian is very thankful to be here.

‘It’s a wonderful place to live and I view this as home, the people are wonderful. I’m just really thankful for the opportunity to live here and to realise that our future is here and that I’m going to be cared for.’