Friday, 23 May 2008

Remembering Ken Skeel

On Sunday we lost a friend and neighbour here in The Canongate. Ken Skeel was active in The Save Our Old Town Campaign. Painting banners, attending campaign awareness raising events and so on. He even completed a painting he was doing for the campaign while he was in hospital in the last few days of his spectacular life. He was one of the founders and stalwarts of the historic vigil for a Scottish Parliament that set up camp on Calton Hill for five years between 1992 and 1997. This helped paved the way for the creation of a Scottish Parliament, keeping the issue in the forefront of Scots' minds 365 days a year. We will all miss your cheery disposition Ken when bumping into you out and about. You were a gem.

This notice appeared in yesterdays Herald. Our thoughts are with his partner Nell at this difficult time.

SKEEL — KEN. Peacefully, at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, on Sunday, 18th May, 2008, Ken Skeel, aged 61, brilliant artist, dancer, story teller and passionate campaigner for Truth and Justice in the world. Dearly loved and loving partner of Nell, uncle of Gale, friend and great inspiration to many. Funeral at Corstorphine Hill Cemetery, Edinburgh, on Monday, 26th May, at 2.30pm, to which all friends are respectfully invited. Donations in lieu of flowers to ‘SOOT’ (Save Our Old Town), at or Plant a Tree.

For you Ken and we will be thinking of you tomorrow at The Common Good Day Scotland, where you should have been.

“This is a green world, with animals comparatively few and small, and all dependent on the leaves. By leaves we live. Some people have strange ideas that they live by money. They think energy is generated by the circulation of coins. Whereas the world is mainly a vast leaf colony, growing on and forming a leafy soil, not a mere mineral mass: and we live not by the jingling of our coins, but by the fullness of our harvests.” - Patrick Geddes