In Memoriam - Paul Vigay
The crop circle community has suffered a tragic loss with the mysterious death of Paul Vigay, who went missing several days ago and whose body was subsequently found in the sea near his home at Southsea, Hampshire a day or two later (I am getting conflicting reports on exactly when he was reported missing and when his body was discovered.) My condolences to his loved ones.
Paul’s last e-mail, sent on the 18th, the day he vanished, gave no indication of any problems. Hearing from him was a nice kick-start to the 2009 season, and I didn’t sense for a moment that he was in trouble.
Now, to know Paul’s body has been found - I cannot hold back emotion. This news is so unexpected - I didn’t even know he’d gone missing until Colin’s note this evening, with the horrible words “Body Found of Paul Vigay” in the subject line that made me wait minutes before opening the e-mail. The words were unbelievable. Abhorrent. I still can hardly believe it.
Paul was a pillar of integrity. He was a tireless catalogueur of crop circles the world over - as knowledgeable as any researcher I’ve known. I enjoyed meeting him and knowing him His legacy is tremendous. Paul’s been one of the most prolific contributors to crop circle recordry, as can be seen at his website, www.cropcircleresearch.com.
Ironically, the quote on his home page reads, “Man cannot discover new oceans until he has courage to lose sight of the shore.“
I will miss the thought of being able to send him an e-mail at any moment, then waiting to see when the right words would come. Now all I can do is think back to 12 years ago, in the garden at The Barge. Paul, and so many others, all gathered around in the magic twilight…..Old Scrumpys in hand. (At least that’s what I had.) Paul’s cheerfulness and rosy cheeks will never fade from memory.