Vale, Tony, my precious friend

“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.

It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.”
~ Ray Bradbury

 

On Tuesday night the world lost a gentle gardener of souls.

My friend Tony slipped away.

Tony was the heart of Sangsurya, the place where I run my retreats.

We’ll be a little quiet here for the next few days as we mourn our friend and honour his life and legacy. How many lives he has shaped and changed, including mine.

Bless you, Tony. May your heart spin ever faster.

Onwards on your journey, dear one.

You will be missed.
❤ xoxo

Photo taken at Sangsurya by Dana Hartnell

 

8 thoughts on “Vale, Tony, my precious friend

  1. So sorry to read this, Nic, and I know he’ll be greatly missed.

    Tony’s vision has been a gift to many of us, and his boyish enthusiasm was very refreshing and left me feeling uplifted on the odd time I came across him.

    The gardens of Sangsurya are vast with their very own energy. I hope his soul will hover by the tree in the first photo looking out at the view in the second, for this spot sits within a powerful vibration.

    RIP Tony, you Touched, you Changed, you Gifted, and you’ll be There ❤️xxx

  2. Beautifully said Nicole. Tony you were a great inspiration. Your creativity, your geniuses and your love has been shown through out at Sangsurya. Tony, thank you for giving the world a piece of your magic at Sangsurya. You will always be remembered there via every garden path and in our hearts. Rest in peace, you beautiful soul. Xox🙏❤️

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