July 29, 2013

Dear Save Passamaquoddy Bay Friends Everywhere:

We have received with great sadness the news that Jeff Wright of Calais has died suddenly. Their family foundation, The Charles G. Wright Endowment for Humanity, Inc., generously provided funds to Save Passamaquoddy Bay and the downeast natural environments they so love. Both he and wife Kate are great naturalists and gardeners. Jeff has been a Maine Guide for years, and looked forward to sharing more of this wonderful place in his future. The shock to Jeff's family is huge and we ask for your thoughts and prayers for Kate and their family as they move through this grief-filled time.

Please see details related to Jeff's death on Mays Funeral Home website: http://www.maysfuneralhome.com/book-of-memories/1639623/Wright-Jeffrey/obituary.php

We invite all Save Passamaquoddy Bay Friends in the area to join Jeff's family at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church Street, Calais, for one of the visitation times, and the service on Thursday evening. Service details are at: http://www.maysfuneralhome.com/book-of-memories/1639623/Wright-Jeffrey/service-details.php. This is one way we can thank Jeff's family for their role in protecting Passamaquoddy Bay, and help support them.

In 2011, Jeff and Kate presented us with a lovely Christmas gift that included the classic poem, Desiderata, by Max Ehrmann. We are enclosing the wording here in tribute to Jeff and Kate. Kate mentioned in her Christmas note that this was one of their favorite pieces, and it brings these glorious thoughts collectively to each of us as we honor Jeff.

We will miss this very good man.

Linda and Bob Godfrey
Save Passamaquoddy Bay

Vera Francis,
Nulankeyutomonen Nkihtahkomikumon


Max Ehrmann, 1927

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.