Thursday, October 25, 2007
A member of the Ranch posse, our friend and beekeeper Charles Martin Simon, aka Charlie Nothing, passed away two nights ago. His health had been declining since around August.
In my last post about him capturing a swarm he was on crutches. At that time he was thinking it was possibly a herniated disk or hip problems. Then they thought it might be Lyme disease. By the time he was hospitalized about a week and a half ago the pain was intolerable. It turned out to be an advanced form of cancer.
He was a wise and unique person, a prolific writer, musician, and inventor. He was very kind and helpful to us. Our fruit trees have been significantly more productive since he brought us his bees.
Our condolences to his family and friends. We will miss him, and the bees he cared for will too.