An Unassuming Man

Today I attended the funeral of a quiet, gentle and unassuming man. Tributes to him all described the profound impact of his life on those around him.

As I listened, again it became very clear to me that a human life does not need to be loud and neon-like to be seen, heard and valued.

We said goodbye to Terry Harper, but he has left his beautiful presence embedded in us all and we’re the richer for that.

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About Don

I love life. Sometimes it makes sense, other times not. Discerning its underlying patterns and beauty always provides great reward and meaning and is a passion I ineptly follow. I feel deeply attached to nature and love the sea with its distinct moods and colour and find walking along its beaches wonderfully inspiring. Writing, sketching and photography is a sheer joy for me and the blog is one of the places I am able to express these pursuits.
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29 Responses to An Unassuming Man

  1. nrhatch says:

    Beautiful thoughts, Don. Being known and loved by an intimate circle of friends is the mark of a life well lived.

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  2. Ahmed says:

    may he rest in peace

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  3. Ann Koplow says:

    Wonderful tribute. I’m glad I read this today. Thanks.

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  4. A lovely tribute to your friend. My heart-felt condolences to you and others who knew him.
    Diana xo

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  5. Sorry for your loss, but it sounds like you spent a long friendship gaining much.

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  6. seaangel4444 says:

    Blessings, dear Don. Terry clearly had a wonderful and gentle impact on others. What a gift he gave! Cher xo

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  7. Val Boyko says:

    A tender touching moment Don… such an unassuming lesson for us all. Thank you for sharing this insight about your friend.
    Val

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  8. A gentle and unassuming tribute, Don. The best kind, especially for a wonderful man.

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  9. tomsimard says:

    Well-said. We need more people like him. It’s a shame the loud always seem to get so much attention, usually undeserving.

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  10. Isn’t it Shakespeare who wrote β€œCoins always make sound but currency notes are always silent…”
    Quiet people often have a lot in them & most influence around them in the quiet way you described.
    He sounds like he was a very special soul.

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    • Don says:

      Not sure about who wrote the quote, but I must say I like it. Thank you for your comment and yes, you’re right, he was a special soul. πŸ™‚

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  11. QueasyPeasy says:

    Yours and other’s memories of Terry will keep him alive in hearts and minds but in the way he lived his life – quietly – he has made a tremendous impact obviously. It reminds me of the African saying: Walk softly but carry a big stick …

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  12. So difficult to say goodbye to those we value – the parting is so permanent. Legacies are so different – tinted by our grief. My sincerest sympathy in your loss, Don.

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  13. ptero9 says:

    Don,
    A wonderful tribute to the power of quiet good-heartedness. Yes, he lives on, carried by all he touched. Very sorry for your loss.Thank you for sharing his memory with us.
    Debra

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  14. ladyfi says:

    So sorry for your loss. This is a lovely tribute.

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  15. What a beautiful tribute to someone clearly very special. My condolences to you in your loss. May he live on in the hearts of those who loved him.

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