Finding a message in a bottle is a notion normally relegated to song or film; but on April 27 along Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton beach, a man walking along the water found a tequila bottle containing “a handwritten note, $25 in cash and the ashes of Gary Robert Dupuis,” according to CTV News. The message in the bottle described Dupuis as being a man who never fulfilled his life-long ambition of traveling and seeing the world.
The handwritten note also asked the finder of the bottle containing Dupuis’s ashes to use the $25 to have a stiff drink with Dupuis. The note described Dupuis as a spirited gentleman who had a particular penchant for tequila and that he preferred it “straight up, no groceries.” The note also read in part, according to CTV, “If you find him, please take this money, buy yourself and Gary a drink, and release him back into the ocean.”
Norman McDonald, the man who found the tequila bottle while walking and cleaning up along the beach, plans to honor those wishes. McDonald will be taking Gary to a dance on Saturday night and place him up on a table for the celebratory drink.
No information from the note shared where Gary was from or how he died. The note was apparently written by Gary’s daughter who said of her dad “Gary lived a very fast and reckless life in his younger years but slowed down and dreamed of travelling the world in his golden years,” according to CTV. And although Gary never realized his dream in life, McDonald and others will see that Gary gets to travel now.
After having a shot with Gary, McDonald plans to put the original handwritten note plus a note of his own sharing where and when it was found and released back into the bottle. McDonald will then give the tequila bottle and its contents to a local lobster fisherman to release in the ocean, according to the Winnipeg Free Press. There was no mention as to whether McDonald would be replacing the $25.
CTV shared that the daughter’s note ends with the heartfelt words “My wish is that he gets his dream of seeing the world and finally finds some peace. We love you dad, have a great trip.” There are many other heartwarming stories about people both writing and finding messages in bottles. You can see many of those stories on the website Pen Pal.