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Old June 30th, 2015, 08:32 AM
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When my dad passed away three years ago his last request was to have his ashes spread at sea out of sight of land. Reason for that was because he was an avid sailor constantly working on the experience, training, opportunity, and finances to do just that... sail off shore. All of those never came together at the same time so he never achieved that goal. After his death Merna and I flew to St. John's, Newfoundland and then chartered a boat. 12 miles due East of Cape Spear we turned his ashes to the sea. Where this gets interesting is that at the same location I also launched 4 sealed bottles with messages and return address inside - one for each direction - port, starboard, fore, & aft.. I was kind of curious as to how far my father sailed on this last voyage. 14 months later I received a letter from a guy living on a island just barely off the coast of France (close enough to be connected by a bridge) that operated a wine bar for tourists along with an oyster farm. I kind of forgot about the whole thing this past year when another letter shows up from Cuba. This time it was a teacher in Cuba with a birthday the same day my father passed away. Looking at the ocean currents that bottle likely took three years to cross the Atlantic, travel south along Europe and Africa, then cross back over to the Caribean to altimately be found on a beach in Cuba. When you figure the likely hood of a glass bottle being destroyed in the surf against rocks or landing somewhere uninhabited I would say 50% response rate is pretty good. Still two more bottles out there somewhere.
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That is just like pennies from Heaven. Dad just wanted to give you a reminder you of him.
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Those are the stories that will pop into your head at the strangest times but will be well timed. Sounds like he lived life well Thanks for the memories.

We also sent my parents ashes to the waters of Lake Michigan and unfortunately my fondest memories of my fathers boating experiences would be of him pulling my mother of the pier TWICE, spending the night on a sand bar on the Mississippi, watching one of the blades off the prop go shooting out of the water into mid air (nice shinny SS) or jackknifing the trailer every 10ft trying to back it down the boat ramp. When my dad would say who wants to go boating we would all run and hide.Thanks for sharing.
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Those are the stories that will pop into your head at the strangest times but will be well timed. Sounds like he lived life well Thanks for the memories.

We also sent my parents ashes to the waters of Lake Michigan and unfortunately my fondest memories of my fathers boating experiences would be of him pulling my mother of the pier TWICE, spending the night on a sand bar on the Mississippi, watching one of the blades off the prop go shooting out of the water into mid air (nice shinny SS) or jackknifing the trailer every 10ft trying to back it down the boat ramp. When my dad would say who wants to go boating we would all run and hide.Thanks for sharing.
Sounds like you must take after your mom.
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Bryan, that's an awesome story.
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Great story Bryan!

We spread most of Dad's ashes in the sugar bush on top of the highest hill. I don't hate tapping that hill as much as I used to...
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