A life celebrated

A little under two weeks ago I heard some truly tragic news and even today I find events hard to believe. While out walking his dogs, my neighbour from our time at the Old Inn had been struck by lightning and very tragically killed outright. Tim Boyd was an American oceanographer living in Scotland while specialising in Arctic research.  He was also the husband of a friend.

I’m aware that sometimes I think too deeply , and over recent days I’ve pondered why Tim’s passing has affected me so much.  I have previously walked the same path with such a beautiful view many times, crossing the same spot with my own dog where he lost his life.  We both have daughters of similar ages.  I also lost my own father at a young age and my heart goes out to his daughters and wife.


Tim Boyd in Antarctica

Possibly like many of the 300 people that I estimate attended his memorial yesterday, I’d only known Tim for a relatively short time. Quite certainly, Tim has left a big impression on every single one of those present with his big smile, warm nature, positive attitude and zest for life.  Having only been resident in the UK for approximately 6 years and having 300 people attend his memorial is in itself testament to Tim’s character.

Twelve months ago Annie and I made a short move away from Appin, though of course we remain in regular touch with our friends. I still hoped to be able to chat with Tim, maybe over dinner sometime, and learn more about his travels to high latitudes North and South. In truth I was envious. I guess we both enjoyed the simple beauty and rawness of natures cold places.

I wish that our paths had continued to cross for many years to come…

RIP Tim,  a life well lived; you left your mark much more than many.



About Andy Harpur

Interests : The Scottish Highlands, The Pennine Alps, The Milky Way, Abbot Ale, Mountaineering, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Canoeing, Sea Kayaking, Astronomy, Guitar, Penny Whistle. I live and breath for the outdoor lifestyle. New places, new faces, new adventures....
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