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In Memoriam - Bearmagnet
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In Memoriam - Bearmagnet
“The Glacier Gang recently returned from their trip to the Belly River area of Glacier National Park.
While we were there, we held a memorial service for Phil Saeli (Bearmagnet) who was a member of our group on the original Glacier Gang trip back in July of 2004.
We had beautiful weather for the memorial and a portion of his ashes were scattered on July 23 in a forest glade approximately 250 feet west of the Elizabeth Lake Head (ELH) campground in GNP.
If anyone would like to visit this area on a trip to GNP, the coordinates are:
In addition, we fashioned a wooden raft and placed a wildflower bouquet on it and sent it down the Belly River through Elizabeth Lake in memory of his "thermarafting" when he was there in 2004.
To view photos of the memorial - In Memoriam - PJ Saeli - Bearmagnet - GNP July 2008
When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur
And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!
It was an honor for us to be able to do this.
We will miss him greatly, but he will never be forgotten. We felt that his spirit was with us on this trip.
last edited: 7/31/08 4:54:28 AM”
“Thanks for sharing.”
“wow what a wonderful send off.
you picked the best place to do it!
thank you very much for sharing!”
“Squilax, long time, no see.
Nice goin', you guys!”
“Well done indeed”
“How wonderful.....I never met him...but I miss him on TT...he was a joy...thanks for sharing...”
“tallywhackers and treasure trails
will live on forever!!!”
“OMG, I've been off here a little while. Can somebody fill me in. I've missed Bearmagnets recent endeavors....”
“I'm glad Trout Whisperer & the Cap'n made it. They needed to get out of the Texas heat!”
“Perfect send off- I won't have ashes -
Bearmagnet was the most entertaining here on TT for me.”
“Thanks, cool idea with the raft.”
““OMG, I've been off here a little while. Can somebody fill me in. I've missed Bearmagnets recent endeavors....”
How long have you been away? Bearmagnet lost his fight with cancer and passed away last December.
We did this memorial for him because he was with us in GNP back in 2004 and became a friend of ours on and off the forums.”
“TY Squilax for the catch-up, the last cupla months I've been moving from Phx to WNC, so I've not been here much ... well, any. So before that I've just missed seeing the postings about BM, it was a shocker when I saw your memorial hike and scattering of his ashes.
YÃ¡ll are some wonderful friends for doing that, pretty neat.”
“12/13 will be one year since bear left us.
in his honor, treebeard will dedicate his radio show to bear.
Sat 2:00 to 6:00 pm
after that, myself and tree and earthnsky and lyra and marko, will go out and spread some of his ashes
Stu will be taking calls during the show. if you would like to call and say something in bears honor like a funny story or a song you know he liked that would be wonderful.. I will post the number on Fri. But please be respectful of the fact that it is a private number.”
“I'll try and get in for part of it.”
“Awe that'll be nice. 8)
Will someone be screening calls? LOL!”
“Big city here I come.”
“we are buying a small tree or plant, to put in our garden. we will spread some of his ashes around it.
so the tree or plant will be named "Phil"
“Water that tree with a little beer, will ya?”
“A little single malt too.”
“hmm ever try to find a small tree in the winter. not very easy.”
“They usually don't plant in the winter. That might have to wait for spring.”
“Yeah, but consider buying the trees through Arborday.org. They have really nice memorial packages where they plant the trees for you in a state forest, etc.
“thank you sass. I will look into that.”
“What i will do is take down names and song requests so stu can read it on the air then play the song.
lilmountaingirl......Devo Whip it
“I know a really good one....
Here Today ... by Paul McCartney. That is one of the best tribute songs to a friend who has passed ever written. It was of course written for John Lennon.
Apart from that... Lust for Life by Iggy Pop.”
““A little single malt too.”
Do you think he'd mind if I filtered it through my kidneys first?”
“as I promised, I am posting a phone number that you can call this Sat to treebeards radio show to dedicate a song to Phil.
once again a reminder, the phone number is a private one so please be respectful of that.
if not, remeber one thing CALLER ID
2:00 to 6:00 EST
or you may post one here and it will be read on air.
last edited: 12/12/08 6:33:20 AM”
last edited: 12/12/08 6:46:29 AM”
“I would like to thank
for making the party special and helping continue Phil's journey!
and thank you tree for spinning all the great dedications :)”
“Who duh hay is Timber Wolf??
Have I met this guy?
Is your CAPS key busted?
Does Treebeard pick his toes in Poughkeepsie?”
“Timber Wolf is jackstraws sweet sweet friend :)”
“Ooops, Timber Wolf ain't a guy in that case.
( I see your CAPS key is now working )”
“Thanks again for letting us shack out at the treehouse and for the awesome time. Like I said a most beautiful and thoughtful place for Phil to rest. I MEAN IT when I say Yous BETTER be down my place in Jan.!”
“No problemo, dude. Looks like we'll be there...
And, it was a fun party, I thought...and a nice little dedication for Phil.”
“we will be there for sure
sorry if we were a tad loud while you were sleeping.
twas fun baby!!”
“it was good seeing you and tree!!! The party was a good time had by all, fer sure.
Always fun seeing Harry!!
Liam had lots of fun too!!!
'twas a very touching tribute to Phil.. I'd like to think he'd be chuffed to know his ashes are at your house, in your planter. Pour him a drink every now and then.”
“Maple Leaf and Treebeard....thank you so much for your hospitality. It was wonderful to meet you, I've heard so much about you both. Can't wait for you guys to come to Maryland and see how we "Do Head" here.
earthNskyy and Lyra....really nice to see you again. Your son is by far the cutest ever!
MarkO.....wish you had made it. Hope to someday continue the chat that we had while Harry was sleeping.”
“"MarkO.....wish you had made it. Hope to someday continue the chat that we had while Harry was sleeping."
“Maple did you have any luck finding a tree?”
“She found Treebeard.......duh.”
“welcome timberowlf (still love that name)
no I did not find a tree. we made a rock circle and put phils ashes within it. I will get a tree in the spring. he is in the best place. as many TTer's know, we try to enjoy our outside as much as possible..
I did find a little bear that says WELCOME and it sits on the pond on the rocks. just for bearmagnet!!”
“few days late, but you are still very muched missed on TT and in life
we spread some of his ashes in our yard around the fish pond.”
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