Death of an Anarchist
Remember when George Bush’s gestapo arrested the organizers of the Key West to Cuba race in 2004 for “trading with the enemy?” One half of that organizing group was the indomitable Michele Geslin – an amazing woman who will be remembered as a free spirit, a seaman par excellence, and a true Anarchist. Thanks to Sol Rosenberg for forwarding us this obituary.
Michele Marie Stewart was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on Feb. 19,1948, at St. Paul’s hospital. Michele Geslin moved to Key West from Toronto, Canada, in 1971, sailed in to Key West Bight on an old schooner and fell in love with sailing and Key West at the same time. Shortly after her arrival here, she met and married Jean Geslin, with whom she lived on board Minimoa at Oceanside Marina for 14 years. Michele learned sail-making quickly, as sewing was part of her upbringing. Michele had strengths that only could come from her family. Roots that go back to Canada, France and Ireland. Their last family reunion was in Brittany, northern France. Michele had an eye for detail that gave a particular quality to her craft and her life. To those that knew her she was a patient, caring and giving person. I was always impressed with how she ran her business; she was always professional, she knew what she wanted and how to get the best from those who worked for her. Her passion was the sea, on it or in it. She had a spirit that was fearless. Both her parents, Woodrow Wilson Stewart and Jeanne Alberta Chouquer, have passed on. She is survived by siblings: her brother, Loran Micheal Stewart of Calgary; and sisters, Ellen Stewart of Coquitlam, Canada, and Madeliene Stewart of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; and a vast net of relatives. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, on the dock next to the schooner Hindu, at the Old Town Marina on Shrimp Boat Road, Stock Island. Afterward, join us on the Hindu to spread her ashes out at sea. For more info, call Peter at 305-304-4582.