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IN tribute to Neil Burnie (VR, November 22, 2014, vol 175, p 515), Robin Revell writes: On November 16, 2014, dozens and dozens of boats, large and small, left Albuoy's Point in Bermuda to head out on to the ocean. Hundreds of people had gathered to celebrate the extraordinary life and times of Neil Burnie, ocean wildlife preservationist, fisherman, diver, musician, windsurfer, triathlete, free spirit, Bermudan national treasure — and much-loved vet. They then committed his body to the sea, where he spent so much of his truly exceptional life.

And what a life! Even Bermuda's Premier, Michael Dunkley, extended his condolences, saying, ‘I have known Neil for many years, and this is an especially tragic loss. Neil will always be remembered as a person who had an immense love for our natural world. He was passionate about preserving our oceanic wildlife and our environment and his advocacy will be truly missed. He was a man who embraced all that life had to offer, an adventurer at heart, and a man who touched so many lives.’

I couldn't have put it better myself.

I first met Neil as a teenager. We were both on a pre-course visit to Bristol veterinary school in 1972. As might be expected, we were a fairly bookish group, somewhat overawed by the surroundings. One would-be vet student stood …

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