Dear friends and fellow Florida
It is with unimaginable sadness that I report to
you the passing of one of the greatest and finest Florida historians ever
known, Irving Eyster. Though short in stature Irving was a giant in
Florida history, particularly that of the Florida Keys and he spent more than
40 years working to preserve the history of the keys.
He was a dear and good friend and I will miss him
terribly. I am scheduled to give a presentation next Monday night in Marathon
and I will have to concentrate and focus as will be looking over the
auditorium not willing to accept that Irving Eyster is not with
He leaves behind his wonderful wife, his
daughter, Barbara Edgar, Barbara's long tme partner, David and his
granddaughter, Cinnamon, who he adored beyond words.
I can give no greater tribute than to say that
his ethics were beyond reproach and that he was a gentleman of the first
order. Everyone who knew him will miss him greatly.