Dear Brother Hedley

More bad news unfortunately. My brother Hedley passed away in the early hours of Monday 31st January 2022, aged just 73. He was diagnosed with Leukaemia last year and after periods in hospital undergoing treatment, he chose to spend his final weeks at home with his family. I was fortunate to see him very recently and spent an extremely enjoyable day with him and his family, including those from Australia. He kindly gave me some very expert wood turnings which had become a hobby in his retirement. These have pride of place in my home, over a door into my sitting room and will forever remind me of him.

Hedley sailing his Tamarisk 19

His other great passion, apart from his family of course, was sailing and it was something we enjoyed together on occasions. I bought my first sailing boat from him (he had made it) and I sailed with him on his yachts as he did on mine. He adopted my mooring in Brancaster Staithe and kept his Tamarisk 19 there until selling her during his illness.

Hedley helming my Parker 31, ‘Karisma’.

Of my memorable sailing adventures with him, two stand out. Both were on my Parker 31 ‘Karisma’. They were to Normandy in 1994 and across Biscay to Northern Spain in 1995.

This being before the internet, blogging or my web site, I have used old log books to retrospectively write accounts of these cruises and they can be found as the blogs ‘Normandy 1994’ and ‘Biscay 1995’. They feature anecdotes and pictures of my dear brother Hedley.

14 thoughts on “Dear Brother Hedley

  1. Nick Sorry to hear of Hedley’s death but good to read the stories of your shared enjoyment of the Sea and Norfolk. John s

  2. So sad to here this news Nick, my condolences.
    Nice to read you spent much time together, no age when he had so much to offer.

    1. Thanks Kevin. I believe his decision making was ‘spot on’, he spent the last few weeks of his life at home with his family and his passing was painless and dignified. I remember him with great respect and affection.

  3. Commiserations Nick. It’s a young age for your brother to pass away. I’m sorry for your loss yet glad for your fond memories. All the best. Gerald

  4. Sincerest condolences Nick,
    My sincere condolences. Not many moons ago 73 would have been considered a good age but now we expect to live into our 90ies and beyond.
    Tomorrow I shall celebrate my 79th but not before I have visited my late wife’s graveside who chose to die 2 years ago (maybe deliberately to ensure I never forget her) precisely on my 77th. Now I am condemned to simultaneously commemorate her death and celebrate my birthday on the same day for the remainder of my life!
    Treasure the memories!
    John

  5. Nick, so sorry to hear of your loss. My sincerest condolences to you and your family at this difficult time. Nigel

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