Ian Chapman, known by many as 'Chocky', died on Saturday at the age of 53.
Ian had been in the graphic design industry for 29 years and prior to moving to the Costa del Sol in 2001, plied his trade in and around London, working freelance for various design and advertising agencies and printers, as well as trading as IC Graphics for his own clients.
He then moved to Mijas, where he set up Mijas Cards (originally Mijas Graphics), specialising in high-quality laminated business cards.
However, many first got to know Ian when he went to see Malaga CF’s games and travelled on the coach that the Peña Internacional arranged for each home game. He introduced himself as Chocky, and he will remain Chocky to most of the people who knew him.
It wasn’t difficult to get him involved with the Peña and using his IT expertise, he set up and administrated the Peña Internacional Malaguista website. He also designed the PIM logo. Despite being a quiet man, Chocky's passion for football put a spark in him.
Chocky will be remembered as a passionate supporter of both his native Crystal Palace and his adopted side Malaga CF, who he followed closely. He will be sorely missed by those back home as well as his adopted 'malaguista' family on the Costa.
The funeral will take place on Wednesday 25 January at the San Cayetano Cemetery in Fuengirola at 2pm. The family requests that no flowers be sent, nor black worn. The colours of Malaga CF or Crystal Palace are encouraged.