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by Dhamaka

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"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"........ Albert Einstein

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"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle I no longer despair for the future of the human race"
........ H G Wells

"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better"
........ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Luck favours the prepared mind"
........ Louis Pasteur

"Never to get lost is not to live, not to know how to get lost brings you to destruction, and somewhere in the terra incognita in between lies a life of discovery."
........ Rebecca Solnit

"Give, give, give -- what is the point of having experience, knowledge or talent if I don't give it away? Of having stories if I don't tell them to others? Of having wealth if I don't share it? I don't intend to be cremated with any of it! It is in giving that I connect with others, with the world and with the divine."
........ Isabel Allende

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs - ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
........ Harold Thurman Whitman

"The real voyage of discovery consists not of seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes...."
........ Marcel Proust

"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.. you have no such accurate remembrance of a country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle...."
........ Ernest Hemingway

"Ambition leads me not only father than any other man has been before me, but as far as I think it is possible for man to go."
........ James Cook

"The grand show is enternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapour is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls."
........ John Muir

"The bicycle is the most civilised conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart."
........ Iris Murdoch

"Photography for me is not looking, it's feeling. If you can't feel what you're looking at, then you're never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your picture...."
........ Don McCullin

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This is Jasper.

Close family friend - my father met him scant days before the Normandy Landing. Apart from an interesting start (he was my father's CO and I think that the first thing Dad said to him was something like "you must be insane or joking") close friends ever since. He took my mother to the hospital when she was in labour with me. He has always been there, alongside his wife who he met while stationed in France.

It's trite and people seem to always say these things, but this time they're true. I can never remember him saying a bad word about anyone. Nor can Dad. I can never remember him complaining about anything. Nor can Dad.

He had a strict - really strict - sense of ethics to which he always adhered, but was always tolerant of others, whatever they did.

His sense of humour and cheerfulness was unfailing. He was honest, reliable, caring and generous of his time, creativity and money. He never expected anything in return. He was unflaggingly supportive -not just of my brother and me but of everyone he met. He was modest, down-to-earth, considerate, thoughtful, intelligent and honourable in that old fashioned sense that we so rarely find today.

It was wonderful and enriching to share my life with him. I'll miss him and I'm sure that very many people will find that he has left a similar sort of gap in theirs.

It is only in writing this that I realise what an enormous influence he has had on the way I try to live. Nonetheless, living up to the honour of his memory is going to be tough.

(I wasn't going to post this on the internet, but doing so is the best celebration of his life that I can think of)
10th Oct 2008, 14:57  

taniwha says:

Thanks for sharing this. I think it really is important to hear of people who can serve as role models - just regular people getting on with life rather than the celebrity. It must feel like a terrible loss.

10th Oct 2008, 15:13

Thank you taniwha, only really sinking in now I've driven my folks back from the funeral

10th Oct 2008, 15:15

Twiglet says:

So sorry for your loss Dhamaka. What a fine and noble friend for you and your family.

10th Oct 2008, 15:28

Thank you Twiglet,

10th Oct 2008, 15:29

Sorry for your lost Dhamaka... I had a "Jasper" too but his name was Mario, it's not easy to lose certain persons but I think Jasper appreciate this post.

10th Oct 2008, 15:33

thank you Zizzi
I'm really pleased to hear that you had a Mario and feel for your loss
(Jasper really was incredibly modest, I'm not sure how he'd feel about this but know that whatever he felt there would be a joke around the corner)

10th Oct 2008, 15:35

Euphro says:

I'm really sorry to hear of your loss. That's a lovely tribute.

10th Oct 2008, 16:30

Viv says:


10th Oct 2008, 17:01

mara says:

I share in your pain Dhamaka

10th Oct 2008, 17:34

nige says:

So sorry for your loss.

10th Oct 2008, 17:47

God Bless

10th Oct 2008, 19:35

MaggieD says:

Big hugs from me....... Jasper was special and deserving of an internet tribute .... and I think you are probably the best proponent of his philosophy and living proof that his 'essence' lives on .... OK, that does not sound like me, and 'essence' is not a 'me' word, but I guess you know what I mean :)

10th Oct 2008, 19:44

Caine says:

I am so sorry for your loss, Dhamaka. He sounds a rare being and a blessing to know. Safe Journey to you, Jasper.

10th Oct 2008, 22:08

looker says:

So sorry to hear of your loss. It makes me appreciate all the wonderful influential people in my life. Thanks for sharing.

11th Oct 2008, 00:53

jesson says:

Jasper couldn't have had a more beautiful tribute, D. He was obviously a wonderful man. I'm glad you had the chance to know him and I think we've all seen the influence he had on you- you are a wonderful encourager of the rest of us on this moblog and I'm sure in the rest of your life.

Thank you for sharing such a tribute.

11th Oct 2008, 02:23

JokerXL says:

Lovely words D, sounds like it was a great privilege to have known him.
My (our) thoughts are with you, his family, your family.

11th Oct 2008, 07:49

thank you everyone

11th Oct 2008, 17:53

queserasara says:

Lovely tribute. Everyone needs a Jasper in there lives - mine was my grandparents. Sorry for your loss D. Warm hugs & thoughts x

12th Oct 2008, 08:46

thank you QSS
writing this, and reading everyone's messages has helped a lot

12th Oct 2008, 09:25

thank you Boet
although you don't need to thank me - that is what friends are for...

12th Oct 2008, 15:41

midlife says:

This is a wonderful tribute to your family friend and a great forum to share his impact on your life. My condolences.

14th Oct 2008, 02:07

DocD says:

Belated sympathy. We share cos we care...

16th Oct 2008, 00:23

itchymoblog says:

Lovely picture and really sweet eulogy. I'm sorry to hear of your loss.

18th Oct 2008, 16:38

Thank you Midlife, DocD and itchymoblog

20th Oct 2008, 08:06