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In Memoriam

Lord John O'Dimond

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John Dimond died March 27, 2006.

John O'Dimond (aka John O'Diamain) in addition to an Award of Arms was a member of the Order of the Friendly Castle from the Principality of Cynagua.

On March 27th, John Dimond, known to his friends in the Kingdom of the West as John O'Diamain, died of an apparent heart attack. He was doing what he loved to do ... working the earth, landscaping. He did it for a living. It was told to me by his wife Iris that John was at a client's house the morning he died and was carrying a wheelbarrow of cut grass to the street to be picked up. Somewhere in the grassy path of the customer's property, he leaned over and dropped dead to the ground.

He was discovered by his customer an hour later. Emergency crews were called out, but he was already gone.

When I spoke with his wife Iris, she informed me that the EMT said that he had died with a calm expression in his face (even though the coroner's report found a massive but quick heart attack).

From a personal perspective, I have been a friend to the family for over 10 years and had come to know John himself as a very literate, extremely intelligent man who at one time was working to a degree in Child Psychology. But he really seemed to prefer to work with the earth and with his hands. He also raised rabbits, pomegranites, geraniums and other various produce in the front and backyards of his house for hobby.

Years ago, when I was a guest in their house, there were many times in the quiet of the evening after the business of the day he and I would talk of cultures and civilizations throughout history, contemplating the "what ifs", debate events of politic and social that have shaped even our country's culture today. I also remember at times that his humor ranged from esoteric to sophmoric.

But my fondest memory of him is that he was a big man. He stood 6'9" tall, long blond hair, big feet (size 16) and hands and a big booming voice that bellowed loudly when upset or angry.

But he always remembered that when he met a small child for the first time, he would stoop low and speak in a quiet low voice so that he wouldn't come across as a gigantic ogre to them. It was one of his techniques he shared with me when one should introduce themselves to a very nevous child. I have never forgotten it and try to remember it to this day.

And so, enough of all that. I'm rambling on ...

Ximón Martillo de Cordoba (aka Simon Martillo de Cordoba)

Pas de Fop II -- Betony Woods (May 18, 1997, AS XXXII)

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