I laugh at my mom for being a daily reader of the obituaries. She says she does so to see "if anyone she knows died". Sad as it is, who knows, perhpas there will come a day when I do the same. Sometimes she will keep things out for me to read, some that she thinks I might find interesting. The one below was one of these. I do not know this gentleman, but his obit was one that I hope, many many many years from now, that mine will be as interesting and poetic. He lived aand it seems it was a life that I would love immulate. I thought I would share this too, God rest his soul.
JAMES "GIBBY" NAYLOR FAIL
"If I should go before the rest of you, break not a flower, nor inscribe a stone,
nor when I am gone speak in a Sunday voice but be the usual selves that I have known.
Weep if you must, parting is hell, but life goes on so sing as well."
James "Gibby" Naylor Fail passed away on June 4th, 2007 while vacationing in St. Lucia with his wife Barbara. He had a generous nature, a loving spirit and a childlike joy in his heart. The world has lost one of its kindest souls with his passing.
Gibby lived the past 20 years in Pensacola Beach. He was active in the local beach community, and had numerous friends there as well as around the world. He never met a stranger. Owner of Fish Pie Records, he supported the local music and art scene and played a mean blues harp. He was a member of the Church of the Good Guys, the Glass Eye Poets Society, and the Surfer Memorial Board; and won the coveted Beach Bum of the Year Award in 2003.
He was a unique individual who lived his life on his own terms. A man of faith, he hit his knees every day on the beach to talk to God. He lived his beliefs, generous to a fault, always helping anyone who needed him. He will be greatly missed by everyone who ever met him. He was preceded in death by his mother, his aunt, his uncle, and his grandparents. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; his father, his sisters, his aunt, uncles; numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews and a multitude of friends who loved him madly. There will be a memorial service on Saturday, June **, at the Pensacola Beach Community Church at 11 a.m. Family and friends are invited to share their memories at the service. Following the service, there will be a life celebration at the Dock on Casino Beach. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to his favorite charity, the Pensacola Beach Elementary School.
"Life is too short for drama and petty things. So kiss slowly, laugh insanely, love truly and forgive quickly." "It's a pirate's life for me…"