By Wyatt Earp | January 21, 2008
Rest in Peace, Sir!
AUCKLAND, New Zealand – Sherpas laid prayer scarves on Sir Edmund Hillary’s coffin as thousands across New Zealand bid farewell to the Mount Everest conqueror Tuesday. An honor guard held ice axes aloft as his casket was carried through their lines.
About 500 New Zealand and international dignitaries joined the Hillary family at a state funeral in St. Mary’s Anglican Church in this northern city, while thousands gathered at big screen venues in cities nationwide to pay respects to Hillary.
The enormously popular adventurer died of a heart attack on Jan. 11 at the age of 88. (H/T – )
I have to be honest: with all due respect to Sir Edmund, the only reason I clicked onto this article is because of the intriguing headline:
Sigh. If only . . .
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