Stone Markers installed   October 5th, 2012

With just hours to spare before we said our farewell to New Hampshire, the headstone and grave marker were installed in the cemetery. About 5pm on Thursday Sept. 27th, Krystyana and I arrived at the cemetery to watch as they placed the stones. This was the first time we got to see the finished stones instead of drawings and Photoshop ideas on a computer.

Now if anyone wants to visit they will be able to easily find the right place, just use the map from my previous post and look for the unusually shaped deep gray headstone – see picture. Colors in my photo are a bit off – the stone is a charcoal grey with almost sandstone like markings.


At the foot of the plot on the left is Jake’s personal marker. Again, see the picture. This was even harder to photograph as the dark areas are really a mirror shiny black. The big features were sandblasted and then the delicate shading was etched by an artist by hand using the original photo as a reference.

Some of you may recognize it. It was taken by Jake on our Antarctica trip while at Elephant Island. He posted it on the blog in September 2010 when he entered it into a NatGeo photo contest, here is the link if you would like to see the original

The next day Krystyana and I dropped in with a couple pots of bright colored flowers to brighten it up a bit.

As mentioned at the start, the kids and I are now back home on Bonaire with all the fun of reopening a house after it has been very lightly used for over a year and a half. I expect to be having a very quiet putting the ashes into the sea thing Tuesday, October 16th, probably up at Ol’ Blue during sunset. All are welcome. Jake didn’t want a religious ceremony of any sort.

Linda, Krystyana and Bas


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23 Responses

October 5th, 2012 at 13:55
Mercy Says:

Such a beautiful tribute to a wonderful husband and father. He was and is, truly loved.

October 5th, 2012 at 13:57
Bill Heyman Says:

Those are beautiful memorials for Jake.

October 5th, 2012 at 14:16
Barbara Leary Says:

Very beautiful! I am going to try to get out to the cemetery when I am back there in a couple of weeks, thanks for posting the information.
Hugs to you all.

October 5th, 2012 at 14:40
Denise & Teddy Says:

love and hugs to you, Linda, Bas, and Krystyana
… Jake is in our hearts always

October 5th, 2012 at 14:43
Tom Cousino Says:

Linda, thinking of you, Bas and Krystyana as you start this new chapter. Wonderful markers and so fitting to use one of Jake’s photos. When I next ride in that area, I will stop by. Hugs to you all.

October 5th, 2012 at 15:02
Freddie Hughes Says:

These are beautiful Linda, Krystyana and Bas. I am so glad that you got a chance to see them before going home… know that I think often of you and hope that you are doing well… Enjoy the warmth and friendship you have on island.. hugs and love to you all

October 5th, 2012 at 16:22
Liz and Ed Says:

Beautiful!!! Please know that we will be thinking of you on the 16th. I will be able to close my eyes and imagine…I’ve been at Ole’ Blue at sunset. I will be in the hospital for another surgery. Love you all!

October 6th, 2012 at 01:08
elaine Says:

beautiful stones. thank u for taking the time to post
hugs to u all

October 6th, 2012 at 04:09
Sarah J. Says:

Much love to you all. The 16th, has been marked in my calendar. God Bless. SJ

October 6th, 2012 at 06:51
Kitty Says:

So beautiful… Thank you again for yet another moment that takes my breath away… Much love & hugs to you all.

October 7th, 2012 at 05:22
Roy & Helga Says:

Lovely resting place, kind thoughts & hugs from us both to you and the kids.

October 7th, 2012 at 10:19
Laura R Says:

Tears in my eyes as I look upon the stone. What an incredible tribute. I can only be there in spirit on the 15th, sadly, but know that my thoughts turn to you and your family on that day and so many other days.

Laura R.

October 8th, 2012 at 03:15
Ted Says:

Very cool rememberance markers! Love the quote.

October 10th, 2012 at 12:38
Kelly Baum Says:

Those stones are beautiful, Linda. And so different, like Jake. Thank you for sharing them with us. I will be with you in spirit on the 16th, sending my love and gentle hugs.

October 13th, 2012 at 11:06
Tara Smith Says:

Very beautiful indeed.
On the 16th Guy and I will send up our extra thoughts of Jake and the lessons he bestowed on us. To never miss a hug, smile from the heart and live with genuine curiosity in the world around us.

October 14th, 2012 at 22:02
Dara Says:

A beautiful memorial to a remarkable man who will continue to inspire us all to become all that we might be. I’ll be thinking of you, and remembering all the good times, on Tuesday at sunset.

October 15th, 2012 at 17:05
Vince DePietro Says:

Very fitting..Vaya con Dios..

October 15th, 2012 at 17:38
Louise Gauron Says:

Beautiful tribute.You and your family will be in my toughts on the 16th at sunset. Gentle hugs

October 15th, 2012 at 18:20
Cynde Says:

Well, here i go, crying again….love you all….

October 15th, 2012 at 18:33
Margarite Says:

Loving thoughts to you and for all of us tomorrow at sunset.

More and more tears……

October 15th, 2012 at 20:36
Elvira Bolaños Says:

Beautiful! Hugs. I’ll be thinking of all of you on Thursday.

October 16th, 2012 at 11:48
pat murphy Says:

thanks for the update linda. i tried to get there this week but couldn’t get a ticket. you’re in our thoughts and prayers today. we’ll be with you in spirit, especially at sunset.

October 16th, 2012 at 20:26
Barry Baker Says:

In memory of Jake Richter. He showed me several things I had not seen before. One was my first seahorse. Second was a pair of Black Brotulas, a fish not seen by many. Third was while cleaning fish after snorkel fishing was a Viper Moray coming out of the water on the shore rocks 6 inches to get a piece of fish for himself. And last but not least, gastronomically, the heaven known as Rijsttafel.