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    Default Passing of Walter W. Wright

    It is with deepest sadness that we must announce the passing of beekeeper and writer Walter W. Wright. As many of you may know, he fell and broke his hip Saturday evening, January 30. After a successful hip replacement he was transferred to a rehabilitation facility nearby. He seemed to be recovering, but around 2AM on Saturday, February 6, his heart stopped. Despite heroic efforts by EMT and emergency room personnel, he did not recover. Walt left specific, written instructions that there be no flowers and no donations in his name. He also requested that there be no ceremony. The family will hold visitation from 11 AM to 1 PM on Monday, February 8, at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, 27186 E. Main St., Ardmore, Alabama, Phone: (256) 423-4100. Ardmore Chapel is just East of Ardmore at the corner of Alabama Hwy 53 and Carson Way. http://www.ardmorechapel.com/#divMap...Direction70845.
    Internment will follow at 2 PM at Wright Cemetery, Hwy 64, McBurg, TN. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Wr...d024a014e36bce.

    Roy A. Kesmodel
    Walt's Son-in-law

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    Default Re: Passing of Walter W. Wright

    rest in peace dear friend, i'm really going to miss our long chats and beeyard excursions.

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    Roy, my sincere condolences to you and your family. I've enjoyed Walt's participation here on Beesource over the years. He obviously had the passion for beekeeping and observation. He will be missed.
    Regards, Barry

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    I'm truly going to miss his contributions. Some of his theories stirred the pot of the beekeeping world, but he stood behind them all the way regardless of the opinions of others. I admire that trait. The beekeeping community las lost a great.
    A man is worth just as much as the things about which he busies himself- Marcus Aurelius

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    As someone who quietly followed his writings; I'm so sorry. Blessings to the family left behind. He will be missed.
    The bees know best.

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    So sorry to hear this. Always the gentleman, Walt had the rare ability to make us all rethink what we thought we knew about beekeeping.
    "People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney

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    We all share your grief. The loss of a wise elder statesman hurts us all. I always clicked on a thread when I saw he had contributed, and I devoured what he'd written in the past on Beesource. Thank goodness for Beesource, and for Walt.

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    Peace be with you and your Family during this difficult time Roy. I had great admiration for your Father in Law's knowledge and willingness to share. Rest in Peace Walt. Graham
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    My deepest condolences to Walt's family. He will be truly missed.
    "Sometimes the best action, with bees, is no action at all."

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    I am very sorry for your family's loss and you have my sincerest condolences. Mr. Wright's observations, whether you agreed with them or not, made you think. That, in and of itself, made it good to have him on this forum.

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    I spoke with Walt a couple times by phone. He was always kind and willing to help...I often visited here to read his post. Thanks Walt.... and God Bless Your Family..
    Last edited by sc-bee; 02-08-2016 at 08:47 AM.
    sc-bee

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    I am so sorry for your loss.
    Charla Hinkle

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    Condolences and piece to you all- Walt will be missed on this board.
    Bill

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    Over the ages of time, many great beekeepers have passed on, and now Walt goes to join them. My condolences to his family and many friends. Please do tell his bees of his passing...

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    Telling the Bees by Emily Dickinson...

    Here is the place; right over the hill
    Runs the path I took;
    You can see the gap in the old wall still,
    And the stepping-stones in the shallow brook.

    There is the house, with the gate red-barred,
    And the poplars tall;
    And the barn's brown length, and the cattle-yard,
    And the white horns tossing above the wall.

    There are the beehives ranged in the sun;
    And down by the brink
    Of the brook are her poor flowers, weed-o'errun,
    Pansy and daffodil, rose and pink.

    A year has gone, as the tortoise goes,
    Heavy and slow;
    And the same rose blows, and the same sun glows,
    And the same brook sings of a year ago.

    There 's the same sweet clover-smell in the breeze;
    And the June sun warm
    Tangles his wings of fire in the trees,
    Setting, as then, over Fernside farm.

    I mind me how with a lover's care
    From my Sunday coat
    I brushed off the burrs, and smoothed my hair,
    And cooled at the brookside my brow and throat.

    Since we parted, a month had passed, --
    To love, a year;
    Down through the beeches I looked at last
    On the little red gate and the well-sweep near.

    I can see it all now, -- the slantwise rain
    Of light through the leaves,
    The sundown's blaze on her window-pane,
    The bloom of her roses under the eaves.

    Just the same as a month before, --
    The house and the trees,
    The barn's brown gable, the vine by the door, --
    Nothing changed but the hives of bees.

    Before them, under the garden wall,
    Forward and back,
    Went drearily singing the chore-girl small,
    Draping each hive with a shred of black.

    Trembling, I listened: the summer sun
    Had the chill of snow;
    For I knew she was telling the bees of one
    Gone on the journey we all must go!

    Then I said to myself, "My Mary weeps
    For the dead to-day:
    Haply her blind old grandsire sleeps
    The fret and the pain of his age away."

    But her dog whined low; on the doorway sill,
    With his cane to his chin,
    The old man sat; and the chore-girl still
    Sung to the bees stealing out and in.

    And the song she was singing ever since
    In my ear sounds on: --
    "Stay at home, pretty bees, fly not hence!
    Mistress Mary is dead and gone!"

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    I'm sorry hear this. I've read and will continue to read Mr. Wright's posts and articles.
    Prayers to his friends and family.

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    Sorry for you loss Roy. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

    Jean-Marc

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    Godspeed, Walt.

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    My condolences to Walt's family.

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    I am sorry for your loss. Walt changed the way I keep bees. I wish your family peace.
    David Matlock

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    Praying for peace for the family at this time of loss.
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