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November 04, 2008


forest.jpgWhat can you say about a man who had two lives?

After the D-Day landings in 1944, Bil was on reconnaissance in Normandy prodding the positions of the retreating German army. While on high ground the scout car he was in was struck by a shell from a battery manned by a small group of recalcitrant German officers. That was the end of the line for the rest of the crew, but Bil was blown clear suffering a shrapnel wound to his foot.

In his second life he went on to exploit his love of Nature as a Landscape Architect, becoming a driving force in the restoration of the historic gardens at Hestercombe and at many other sites.

At a celebration of his life in a Sussex country church his friends and family heard about these and other achievements on the golf course and as a talented writer. It says much for someone when the people who knew him will travel hundreds of miles to pay their respects.

Live, love and leave a legacy: I can hope to achieve as much. Make sure you tell your loved ones how much you care and appreciate them before it is too late. It's the best health information technology we have got.

No more my heart shall sob or grieve. My days and nights dissolve in God's own Light. Above the toil of life my soul Is a Bird of Fire winging the Infinite.

Sri Chinmoy