General News · 19th December 2013
Sedley passed away peacefully today at home, with Trude, on Cortes Island. Sedley lived a long and interesting life, having just celebrated his 96th birthday, born on Nov 29, 1917.
He was an army officer, a farmer, an engineer and a sailor. He ran an orphanage for Tibetan Refugees and helped with Tibetan ecoforestry. He knew the Dalai Lama personally and brought Trude to meet him. He wrote many articles and books; including The Intuitive View of the Whole (attached), The Challenge of Smallholding and Working up a Smallholding. Sedley was an incredible boat builder and spent a lot of time on the water.
At age 71 he rowed to Cortes from Vancouver, met Trude and moved here, they were married for 23 years. He was a Self Sufficiency advocate promoting a Cortes wide vision of cooperation and skill sharing. Sedley never owned a car on Cortes, rather walking and hitchhiking where ever he had to go.
Sedley was an inspiring community hero who will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Sedley will be buried at the Whaletown Cemetery on Saturday, December 21st at 1:30pm. There will be no ceremony, just a gathering of friends.
There will be a celebration at the old Cafe afterwards, please bring finger foods, beverages and Sedley stories to share.