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Old 12-03-2018, 11:02 AM   #1
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Default Need some "boater's" verbiage for a eulogy

So my brother passed away last week and his widow wants me to deliver a eulogy at the "celebration of life". My brother has been a boater all his life. He bought his first boat at 18 and put a hitch on his 67 convertible camaro. (still owns the car too). He had a pretty good sense of humor and I'm looking for some suggestions for the eulogy. Kinda funny.. kinda "boatie".
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Old 12-03-2018, 03:27 PM   #2
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Guess I should be able to help as I to have been boating all of my life. Unfortunately can't think of anything.

I did want to say that I'm very sorry for your loss.
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Old 12-03-2018, 03:59 PM   #3
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Sorry for your loss Todd. let me think on it to see if I can come up with anything witty. What kind of boating did he enjoy? fishing? skiing? cruising, etc?
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Mostly water skiing when we were all younger. As he got older, it was usually trips to Catalina Island. We're going to spread his ashes out there somewhere in the spring.
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Old 12-03-2018, 05:46 PM   #5
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Can’t think of much. Sorry for your loss Todd.
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Old 12-03-2018, 06:36 PM   #6
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I thought this would be a good opener.. or inappropriate?

I'm always relieved when someone is delivering
a eulogy and I realise I'm listening to it.

-George Carlin
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Old 12-03-2018, 08:20 PM   #7
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Sorry for your loss.

When I start writing/planning a speech, I like to draw inspiration from others. I like this one. Maybe not a great opener, but could be a hell of a closer.

“Water in the boat is the ruin of the boat, but water under the boat is its support.”

Rumi

A few others.

“The boat is safer anchored at the port; but that's not the aim of boats.”

Paulo Coelho

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than those you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

Mark Twain

“God only gives you so many days but the ones you spend at sea don’t count against you”

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Old 12-03-2018, 08:35 PM   #8
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Sorry for your loss Todd. Nothing witty here---had to write one last year and deliver it and it's not fun. I tried to relate it to those in attendance---have them remember the good times and not focus on the awful last year in the nursing home. I mentioned them and the interactions with the deceased----so it personalized it.
I never was too good at telling jokes---and I didn't want to attempt any at the eulogy.
Good luck, and God Bless.
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Sorry for your loss.... I was going to quote Paulo Coelho but someone beat me to it.... Nothing closer to heaven on earth than a beautiful day on the boat
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Old 12-04-2018, 09:48 AM   #10
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Sorry for your loss Todd. Tough times now but there will be better days ahead. I'm not a real witty guy myself but I always like to listen to eulogies that included a couple stories of the person making other people laugh and enjoy being in their presence. A day at the lake water skiing with friends as kids or an unexpected moment on the water when something happened and your brother came up with a funny but genius idea to get you out of the situation. Stories that maybe you couldn't tell your parents until you were much older are always great.
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