This afternoon we attended a special gathering to pay tribute to and honour the life of Kurt along with his family and friends down at Orcalab. It was important for us to attend as we have known Kurt for as long as we can remember while visiting Orcalab over a span of some 28 summers with Kurt always in attendance. When we headed out from Alert Bay this afternoon, strong SE winds were still blowing, an aftermath from yesterdays gale but once nearing calmer waters in Blackfish Sound we could see the blows of three humpback whales with one breaching multiple times near Flower Island in Blackfish Sound. Orcalab was as beautiful as ever with new volunteers already arrived for their summer work and as Kurt’s family welcomed us warmly along with Helena and Paul and many other friends already arrived to share in the gathering, we felt good having made the journey to share with them as well. It was just as Kurt would have wanted, good friends and family present and all of us gathered together at the Lab because we wanted to be there to share. Kurt has touched us all with his gentle and quiet manner and his presence at Orcalab will be so sadly missed. The poems below were posted on the orcalab website March 13, 2014 along with many other tributes for Kurt. http://orcalab.org/2014/03/11/remembering-kurt/
Kurt ~ A Beautiful Soul Remembered ~
Quietly spoken and humble,
kind and gentle in manner,
a decent human being
with a big heart
and soul that is shining brightly.
Kurt ~ In Gratitude ~
Your work here at the lab is done
You taught all of us and we thank you.
We are grateful for the heartfelt gifts
that you gave throughout the years
and for all of those creative gifts
that surround us here at the lab.
For thirty or so summers
you worked and walked among us
touching our lives with your simple grace
and loving ways,
your beauty shining outwards
through the twinkling of your eyes.
Peacefully and quietly
you went about your day,
bestowing your magic upon us and around us
so that small parts of you can be seen everywhere,
a beautiful reflection of you,
reminding us always that you have not gone far.
~ Maureen Towers March 13, 2014
Kurt worked with wood making bowls and mushrooms amongst other wooden articles that he would generously give away especially to volunteers when they left Hanson Island after their summer had ended. Friends attending today received one of his beautiful mushrooms given by his family.