Thursday, September 11, 2008
Farewell to a Dear Friend, Mentor and Martial Artist
Farewell to a Dear Friend, Mentor and Martial Artist On Wednesday, the 06th of August 2008, a friend, mentor, teacher, brother and ... Hon. Sigung, DeWelle F. (Skip) Ellsworth, Jr. passed away peacefully in his home on the Island of Cebu, the Philippines. Skip Ellsworth was one of Sijo Bruce Lee’s first students in Seattle, Washington from 1959-1963, however, he remained in constant contact with Sijo Lee until his death. Skip was a true and great friend to many who had the pleasure to know him and will be missed by us all. However, he leaves behind a great legacy through his innovative teachings in log home building techniques, his personal writings on all subjects near and dear to him, his authorised writings about Sijo Bruce Lee by Paul Bax, his wonderful six-children, and the unselfish vision he had to develop a fund for the specific purpose of saving lives of the poor children in the Philippines, through providing financial assistance for immediate medical care and attention.
This fund is presently known as the “Alfonso Fund”, but with permission from Mr. Alfonso through Skip’s widow, Belle, I’ve requested that the fund’s name be changed to the, “Skip Ellsworth Memorial Fund", so that he may forever be remembered.
May he rest in peace with the knowledge that his memory will live on through his vision, and legacies. Below is an excerpt from Skip’s favourite poem by T.S. Elliot. As mentioned to me, this is how Skip felt when people would at times approach him to talk about Sijo Bruce Lee. ÖTime for you and time for me, And time yet for a hundred indecisions, And for a hundred visions and revisions, Before the taking of a toast and tea. In the room the people come and go Talking of Michelangelo (Bruce Lee). In Deep Respect Dr. C. Gigante MacBaine, Mr. Bernd Hoehle & Martial Arts Association - International ( www.MAA I.com).