Ian Roderick Moseley died peacefully on Oct. 4, 2022, surrounded by his loved ones and definitely on his own terms. Born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, on Feb. 1, 1967, to the late James L. Moseley and Sandra “Sam” (Stewart) Moseley, he made friends wherever he went. After high school in Oak Park (class of ’85) one of those places was Key West, Florida. There he met his former wife, Tanya Wildman. His years in Key West cultivated his desire to move to downtown Wilmington, North Carolina in 1994 and open the Wave Hog Saloon. He founded many successful businesses including, Slice of Life Pizzeria, Level 5 Bar and City Stage Theater, Fibber McGee’s, YoSake, The Husk, Dram and Morsel, and, most recently, The Ivey. One of his many passions was the Wilmington theater community. In partnership with local friends and thespians, he formed a theater company in 1999 that lasted until 2016. During that time, he produced more than 100 plays at The City Stage and Thalian Hall.
He loved travel and experiencing new places, and visiting his family in Troon, Scotland. He could always find a way to slip into a conversation that he was the fastest oyster shucker at the annual Oyster Shucking Contest in Key West.
Ian was grateful to receive a kidney and liver transplant in 2017. He was beyond blessed to have “Team Moseley,” which included Landon Fauber, Tanya Wildman, and Justin Smith, who stood by his side during the successful transplant process.
Unfortunately, earlier this year he needed another kidney which led to complications, and resulted in a prolonged hospital stay. A special thank you to Susan McGinnis and the Palliative Care Team with Lower Cape Fear Lifecare.
Ian is survived by his son, Aidan Moseley, whom he considered his greatest accomplishment; his former wife, Tanya Wildman; his stepmother, Lynn Intrepidi; his siblings, James (Kristen) Moseley, Jessica Matteson, Matthew Moseley, Erin (Andrew) Ecker; his nephews, Jimmy Moseley, Jack Moseley, Jack Ecker, Sam Ecker, and Rhys Ecker; and his girlfriend, Landon Fauber, and their dog, Keeper. He was part of a huge extended family, including aunts, uncles, and cousins in America and Scotland. He also leaves behind numerous friends and family friends, Gwendolyn Johnsen and Bekah Smith.
He was a pioneer for progressive change in the service industry and always had a smile on his face. He is missed by many. Rest easy, friend.
Ian’s Celebration of Life/Going Away Party will be held Oct. 17 at 12 p.m. at Bakery 105, 105 Orange Street, Wilmington, NC. There will be a reception to follow.
Ian wanted nothing more than to provide for Aidan’s college education, so the family is asking, in lieu of flowers to please consider a donation in Ian’s memory to Aidan’s 529 Plan for college. Click on the link to donate to the Ian Moseley Memorial College Fund for Aidan at https://gofundme.com/f/ian-moseley-memorial-for-son-aidan-college. If you prefer, he also would have loved for you to donate a pint of blood or sign up for organ donation in his memory.