To all my Richmond Ski Club friends,
In typical Maynard Dalton style, he departed this world on Valentine's Day, but left us with a lifetime of stories to tell, memories to cherish, and will always live on in each of us, who were lucky enough to have known him.
I have spent several days uploading and compiling my favorite pictures that hopefully, capture some of the fun moments that we all shared with my life-long friend -- Maynard Dalton. I want to share them with you, along with a few memories.
Note: There were far too many photos to email, so I put them on SkyDrive. Similar to Google Drive and Gmail, SkyDrive works with a Microsoft account. You can register for the service with any email, or login using an existing MSN or Hotmail account.
Link to ‘Maynard Dalton - A celebration of his life' - https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=E97A567923FDE27C&id=E97A567923FDE27C!202
I hope you all will share your fun Maynard stories on his recently created Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/MaynardDaltonMemorialPage
I attended the Celebration of Maynard Dalton's life in Chase City last Sunday with my friend Emily Boots, and was pleased to see so many of his RSC friends in attendance.
Maynard was my roommate on several ski trips - Aspen/Snowmass, Steamboat, Mt. Tremblant, to name a few, and condo mate in Whistler.
Any trip leader, lucky enough to have Maynard on their trip, was able to provide trip participants with "extra entertainment" from Maynard, at no extra charge. No one knew what would unfold, but could rest assured that Maynard would keep things lively, unpredictable, and “laugh out” loud funny for everyone -- with many unforgettable moments.
To say that Maynard made a lasting impression on people was an understatement.
A few favorite Mt. Tremblant stories – When Maynard first debuted his cow outfit in Mt. Tremblant, we skied together quite a bit, and before the week was over, Maynard had become friends with several skiers from England. Maynard missed the 2nd Mt. Tremblant a few years later, but I was on it, and before the week was over, I ran into some of the skiers from England, including a lady named Heidi. Upon hearing that I was with the Richmond Ski Club, the first thing Heidi asked me was, “so where is Maynard, the cowman?”
Another Mt. Tremblant trip, Maynard and I came off the slopes together at the end of our ski day, and this time Maynard was in his penguin outfit. Upon seeing a young couple walk out of a ski shop with their very young 2-3 yr. old child, Maynard looked down at the child and said, “Why hello, Darling” – the look of bewilderment and “deer in headlights” look on the child's face was priceless!
Surely all our lives were better because Maynard passed our way, and shared his passion and zest for life – we have a lifetime of fun-filled moments, and priceless memories to thank him for. I shared many great times with him, on and off, the slopes, and will miss him – but I know he is in a much better place.
Some of the best times of my life were spent in the company of “Henry Paul Scholte”, who we said goodbye to a year ago last August, and “Henry Maynard Dalton” – I still miss them and think about them, often.
- Henry Daulton West, Jr.