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PHOTOS: Kite surfers gather for ‘sail past’ tribute for fellow kiter battling cancer

Harry Weiler, family and friends watched as at least two dozen kite surfers took to the water

At least two dozen kite surfers sailed past a local kiter who has been diagnosed with Leukemia.

Harry Weiler watched from rocks with his wife Laurie Clark and their friends as kite boarders showed off their tricks for him. Marian Miszkiel, whose been friends with Weiler since 1980, said Weiler received his diagnosis last October.

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“Like any good engineer, he got the data and facts. He had a stem cell transplant and unfortunately, it didn’t take a hundred per cent and things do not look exceptionally well in the future,” said Miszkiel. “But he is just celebrating with his friends and family and we’re having a gorgeous day.”

When asked what Weiler means to him, Miskiel responded “trust.”

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“Trust, compassion with a sort of like brittleness,” he said. “I can’t imagine the impact he has on people’s lives – he just cares and he’s intelligent but he doesn’t say much. He’s cynical and sarcastic, but when he talks people listen.”

It was a beautiful goodbye, as less than 24 hours later Weiler, with his wife by his side, made the decision to end his life with medical assistance in dying.

A post on asked kiters to come out and show their love for Weiler, adding the request that people fly their kites low on the shore side as it’s a “common nautical symbol of respect.”


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