“Angus Graham made me want to be a better human being. But, more than that, he showed me the way. I’ve never known anyone so overflowing with love.” ~ Jeremy Swanson
Our community lost a gem this past Friday. Thirty-five just seems too young.
Angus moved to the Roaring Fork Valley 9 years ago in search of clay knowledge. He found a mentor named Allaghany Meadows and began to throw pots, teach skiing, build community and seek enlightenment.
I first met Angus in 2008 when we formed a men’s group at True Nature Healing Arts. He sat in the car before his first group, asking himself, “what the hell and I doing here?” Over the years we saw him struggle, learn and grow. He came to cherish our group and often shared it was one of the best parts of his life. He’s not alone in that sentiment.
One of the foundational aspects of Angus was his PMA (positive mental attitude). He could be having a heck of a day and yet always see the bright side, the learning in it.
Angus excelled at socializing, in other words, he had a knack for making friends. He created friendships at True Nature, on Aspen Mountain, in the world of clay, at Para Yoga, from Glenwood to Aspen, and at festivals coast to coast. He loved people and people loved him. He always shared a bright smile and inspired words of wisdom.
As our men’s group sat in circle this week, sharing our thoughts and feelings about losing our dear friend, we were touched by his love of family, yoga, making pottery, teaching people to ski, and his absolute zest for life.
We also noticed of late, that while he struggled with life’s challenges, as we all do, he was also experiencing deep peace and an understanding about who he was and how life worked.
He shared recently that if he died tomorrow, that would be OK. These weren’t just words either, he meant it.
Angus, thank you for bringing light and joy to our lives. You are truly a beautiful being and we will miss you dearly. Travel safe back to the source of all things.
May we take this moment of your passing as opportunity to better ourselves, to see the good in life, to learn from our mis-steps and more than anything, make an effort to share time and attention, which is love, with others. You did that best.
Please join the family in honoring Angus, Sunday, September 17th, 1pm in Carbondale, CO. Details on location are being worked out. We will inform the community when the location is locked in.