saying good-bye to a brandywine valley legend: frolic weymouth has died

Frolic Weymouth Courtesy of Brandywine Conservancy

Frolic Weymouth Courtesy of Brandywine Conservancy/ Fig®

 

Today I was asked by VISTA.Today to write another piece. (I had written one about Loch Aerie last week at their request) Today I was asked to write about the great loss to Chester County over the weekend: the death of Frolic Weymouth.

The Way Back

The Way Back

August Frolic Weymouth

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Mr. Weymouth is a legend. A giant and pioneer in land conservation and environmental consciousness along with being an amazing artist and mighty fine sportsman. Writing about someone so fine a human being was humbling and daunting at the same time.  What a legacy he leaves.

Friends of mine who knew or met him have been posting photos and memories. I especially love the carriaging photos.

Below is an excerpt of my article. Please visit VISTA.Today and read the entire piece. Frolic Weymouth was amazing. I only wish I had ever had the opportunity to speak with him. Last time I saw him anywhere was May 2012 at the East Goshen Farmers Market. Sporting a beard and wearing a farm shirt with khakis and suspenders, he strolled through the market checking out what was going on.

VISTA.Today: George Alexis “Frolic” Weymouth, Artist and Visionary Conservationist, Dies at 79

George Alexis Weymouth, known as “Frolic” passed away yesterday April 24, 2016.  He would have been 80 years old in June….

Jeffrey M. Nielsen, Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Brandywine Conservancy described Mr. Weymouth as “an inspirational and visionary leader.”  According to Mr. Nielsen, Mr. Weymouth was known to all as a gentleman with a divine sense of humor and penchant for fun (Mr. Weymouth once served scrapple with chutney on a silver tray). It never mattered who Frolic entertained, he was always himself, said Mr. Nielsen.

From the Queen of England to the man serving French fries at Jimmy John’s, Mr. Weymouth had a genuine love and respect for the people around him and those he met.

To those who knew Frolic Weymouth, that showed his heart: that life should be lived with purpose, but also fun. A family friend described him as a very private yet caring man who was simply magnificent; that the mold has been broken with his passing.

Jeffrey Nielsen also noted how Frolic Weymouth leaves such a rich and layered legacy of art, land stewardship, and environmental passion. Mr. Weymouth’s legacy will live on under the stewardship of the Brandywine Conservancy.

 

Big Bend Carriage Shed By George Weymouth

More tributes to Frolic Weymouth can be found:

Beloved ‘environmental icon’ is mourned

My favorite thing I have read today about Frolic Weymouth was in Delaware Online. It kind of summed up a lot of what the people I spoke with today for my article told me of his personality and how humble and grateful for his life and those in it he was:

When Weymouth constructed a chapel on his property, he inscribed the following words: “This chapel was built to thank God for a wonderful life filled with fun, humor, work, sport and beauty. A close loving family; loyal and unique friends, and a fabulous son, Mac.” G.A.W. 1995

Each time he talked to his son, he would remind him to “look for something beautiful every day.”

Frolic Wymouth photo courtesy of Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art

Frolic Wymouth photo courtesy of Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art

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