Ian George Colepeper1,2

Male, #36386, (31 Jan 1939 - 21 Sep 2008)
Father*John Ernest Colepeper (20 Sep 1900 - 18 Nov 1962)
Mother*Gertrude Mary Ward (20 Jan 1905 - 16 Jul 1982)
Name-AltSpell This surname is sometimes spelled Culpepper. 
Name-AltSpell This surname is sometimes spelled Culpeper. 
Birth*31 Jan 1939 Ian was born at South Africa on 31 Jan 1939. 
Death of Father18 Nov 1962 His father John Ernest Colepeper died on 18 Nov 1962 at South Africa
Death of Mother16 Jul 1982 His mother Gertrude Mary Ward died on 16 Jul 1982 at South Africa
News Article*10 Aug 1994 Ian Colepeper Leads Restructured MRE group in 'taking aim at Europe'

The restructuring of Murray & Roberts Engineering (MRE) was the group's first move to gain a foothold in the lucrative European automotive market, analysts said yesterday.
     MRE Managing Director Ian Colepeper said last week that several sectors within the organisation would undergo structural changes. The most significant of these was the establishment of a 17-million rand plant to produce alloy wheels in Port Elizabeth.
     The restructuring was in line with MRE's 100-million rand acquisition of the UK's largest alloy wheels manufacturer, Alloy Wheels International, in May. AWI was a subsidiary of AAF Industries, one of the main causes of W & A Investment's crippling losses during the last financial year.
     AWI supplied 1.6-million alloy wheels a year to equipment manufacturers in Europe and the US, including Jaguar, Lotus, Fiat, Ford and General Motors. It provided MRE with an effective pipeline into this market.
Colepeper said the 6.5 billion rand Alusaf aluminium smelter under construction in Richards Bay would position SA as one of the world's major aluminium suppliers.
     'It is in line with this that MRE has to continue developing its local facilities - the majority of which are based in PE. We wish to achieve world-class competitiveness and meet future expected global demand for aluminium products,' he said.
     MRE closed its iron foundry in Alberton earlier this year. This led to the relocation of equipment used for the manufacture of automotive safety components to the PE foundry.
     Colepeper said the relocation, along with other upgrading measures, had cost 7.7 million rand and had created 50 jobs in PE.
     Other companies affected by the restructuring process were Donkin Engineering, Yukon Coil, Luft Industries and Ventline.3
Photographed*31 Dec 2005 He was photographed on 31 Dec 2005 at South Africa at age 66
from Ian George Colepeper:

a photo of my immediate family taken at Xmas 2005.

Back L to R - son-in-law Grant Morgan, son Sean and me (Ian George Colepeper, #36386)

Front L to R - daughter Lee ( son David ( 7 mths ) on her lap ) Rachel ( 5 ), Chloe ( 3 ) and wife Val.2
Ian George Colepeper family
DNA*29 Aug 2007 From DNA and genealogical evidence we conclude that Ian George Colepeper is a member of the International branch whose most recent common ancestor is either William Culpeper of Hunton and Wigsell, or the Rev. William Culpeper of Barbados; Kit# 93233.4 
Death*21 Sep 2008 He died at Country Club, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, on 21 Sep 2008 at age 69.5 
ChartsThe Culpepers of Barbados and the Colepepers of South Africa: Descendant Chart
Last Edited11 Feb 2011


  1. E-mail written 1999-2002 to Lew Griffin and Warren Culpepper from Glen Nicholas Colepeper (#36393), Cape Town, South Africa, (deceased 2006).
  2. E-mail written 1999-2008 to Lew Griffin and Warren Culpepper from Ian George Colepeper (#36386), South Africa, (deceased 2008).
  3. Business Day, McCarthy Information Services, South Africa, 10 Aug 1994.
  4. Culpepper Project at FamilyTreeDNA.com, http://gen.culpepper.com/dna/results.htm[:WEB].
  5. E-mail written 21 Sep 2008 to Warren Culpepper from Lee Allyson Colepeper Morgan (#36388), South Africa.