Dearest family and friends of John Sawyer
John passed away suddenly in the early hours of Saturday morning (7 November) at his turangawaewae (spiritual home) of Reudle on the Isle of Mull, Scotland.
His cause of death is still unknown but he was with me, Karlene, his partner of nearly 10 years. Whilst we are still in shock of this event, I have the comforting memory that his final day with us was the epitome of how John lived his life: with sheer joy for the world filled with botanical discovery, tireless endeavor and original thinking about nature conservation.
Not only was he an expectant father, he was also excited about the launch of Wild Mull (www.wildmull.com) on Sunday, a personal project behind which he was the driving force and was starting to gain widespread community interest and support. This on top of lichen spotting in hazel wood, the satisfaction of putting up fence posts and eating a meal from a book he authored ‘Gourmet Tramping in New Zealand’ meant that John’s last day was full of happiness and promise.
The exact date of a memorial service is still to be determined but will be held in Edinburgh and hoped to be on a day between Wednesday 25th and Friday 27th of November.
Thank you for all your messages of support and condolences, we will be in touch in due course.
May his legacy continue in all those that he inspired:
E kore e ngaro he takere waka nui: the keel of a great canoe cannot be lost.