Daniel Abbott Obituary, Death- We are devastated to share the news of Daniel Abbott’s untimely passing, a member of our Bridges programme family who will be sorely missed. In the spring of 2023, we were all affected by a terrible loss that has never been filled. Dan, a treasured and devoted friend, had an unrelenting love for gardening. This brought him immeasurable happiness. His love of plants went beyond a hobby, as he made it his mission to instil in our pupils a respect and appreciation for nature through the Bridges gardening programme.
In lieu of flowers, Dan’s family has kindly asked that contributions be given in his name to the Bridges programme, which he cared much about, to honour his memory and to pay respect to his unwavering commitment to it. The Bridges community came together to celebrate Dan’s life in a way that reflected his passion for gardening and dedication to hands-on education. Together with Dan’s loved ones, we determined that the best use of the donation would be to establish a permanent legacy that would enable students both now and in the future to participate in the kind of experiential education that was so important to Dan.
In honour of Daniel Abbott, we are pleased to announce the opening of the “Daniel Abbott Memorial Greenhouse.” This greenhouse will act as a memorial to Dan’s passion for gardening and horticulture while also providing a space for students to experience nature’s wonders for themselves. Dan’s family, friends, and the hardworking TA teachers who had worked with him all attended the ceremony, which took place on a beautiful Friday afternoon. As a group, we paused to honour Dan and think back on the ways in which he had improved our lives.
To honour Daniel Abbott’s memory, we will tend to the garden of knowledge as carefully as he did his plants. Forever commemorating his contributions to the Bridges programme, the Daniel Abbott Memorial Greenhouse will be a site of intellectual and horticultural growth in his honour. As we grieve the loss of such a magnificent person, may we take comfort in recalling the laughter, commitment, and generosity that Daniel brought into our lives. His passion for gardening will live on in the hearts of everyone who knew him; may his memory always serve as a source of inspiration and direction.