Sir Ed’s gone

A truly sad, yet inspiring day.  Ed Hillary lived a full, full life and all life must come to an end, unlike many though, his legacy will live forever.  The snippets in of him appearing in the media over the past few years told us all that his time, on this planet, was limited; yet no-one can be prepared.

I had the unexpected and absolute pleasure of hearing Sir Ed speak at a concert several years ago.  In one of those last minute “do you want to come” phone calls I ended up attending an open air concert, at Craggy Range,  featuring Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Tim Finn and Sir Ed.

I didn’t know what to expect as this elderly man climbed on stage and started telling stories, we had just finished listening to Dame Kiri, but within seconds he had us enchanted and by the end of his 10-15 mins (I think) he was the star of the show.

I cannot remember his words but I remember the feeling he left me with, and I can only, and humbly, use a string of mere words to describe him; mana, knowledge, humour and humility, life, inspiring, goodness and all that is great about kiwi culture.

That he had experienced such greatness, and such sadness, yet still maintained his integrity, humility and humour, is a lesson for us all.

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