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Mike Chrismas

Picture of Mike  Christmas.

Those who remember Mike know his interests ranged from archaeology to science, acting to photography, art to music, and he was an exciting if somewhat unconventional teacher.

The nearest Mike got to a life at sea was sailing his clinker built boat around the Isle of Wight many years ago, but his mother's family have been lifeboatmen since the 1800's. We have a photo of his great grandfather wearing the 'new' cork lifejacket.

He always wanted to be buried at sea, maybe because of the RNLI connection, but knowing Mike it was probably more to do with the legend that his Cornish family in Padstow were wreckers!

In the end, after a long illness, Mike was buried in a woodland on the Hampshire Southdowns with a view to Langstone Harbour and close to an ancient hill fort. He will be forever loved by Sue and Nathan.

In the chilly hours and minutes of uncertainty I want to be
In the warm hold of your loving mind.
To feel you all around me and to take your hand along the sand
Ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind


Added by: Sue Chrismas on 22 September 2010.

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