Born: February 11, 1915, London, United Kingdom
Died: June 10, 2011, Dumbleton, United Kingdom
Education: The King's School, Canterbury
Lived: Kalamitsi 240 22, Greece (36.88091, 22.24041)
Buried: St Peter, Main Street, Centre of village, Dumbleton, Gloucestershire, WR11 7TL
Spouse: Joan Leigh Fermor (m. 1968–2003)
Parents: Lewis Leigh Fermor
Movies: The Roots of Heaven
The village of Kalamitsi, just outside Kardamili was, in his later years, the principal home of Patrick Leigh Fermor and his wife Joan. Patrick was an English writer who was made an honorary citizen of the village for his participation in the Greek Resistance during World War II, especially in Crete. He died in hospital in 2011 the day after returning to his other home in Dumbleton in England. The ashes of his friend, the writer Bruce Chatwin, were scattered near a Byzantine chapel above the village in 1989.
Address: Kalamitsi 240 22, Greece (36.88091, 22.24041)
Type: Museum (open to public)
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation has approved a grant to the Benaki Museum to fully cover the repair and restoration works as well as the cost of the necessary equipment for the Patrick and Joan Leigh Fermor House in Kardamyli. This unique property will soon start operating as a centre for hosting notable figures from the intellectual and artistic worlds as well as a centre for educational activities in collaboration with Institutions in Greece and abroad. The Fermor property is located in the Kalamitsi area on the outskirts of Kardamyli, in Messenia, and has a total area of about nine stremmata, a little over two acres. It is, by general consensus, one of the most beautiful properties in Greece. Its direct contact with the sea—narrow stone steps lead to a small pebble beach just below the estate—the low, discreet, stone buildings and the Mediterranean garden that goes down to the water, comprise an ideal environment for focus and the creative process. In short, a sojourn in this place is a great gift that Greece can offer to notable figures from the intellectual and artistic worlds.
Who: Sir Patrick Michael Leigh Fermor, DSO, OBE (February 11, 1915 – June 10, 2011) and Charles Bruce Chatwin (May 13, 1940 – January 18, 1989)
Paddy Fermor was a British author, scholar and soldier who played a prominent role behind the lines in the Cretan resistance during the WWII. He was widely regarded as Britain's greatest living travel writer during his lifetime, based on books such as “A Time of Gifts” (1977). He influenced the whole generation of British writers such as Bruce Chatwin, Colin Thubron, Philip Marsden, Nicholas Crane, and Rory Stewart. A BBC journalist once described him as "a cross between Indiana Jones, James Bond and Graham Greene." After many years together, Leigh Fermor was married in 1968 to the Honourable Joan Elizabeth Rayner (née Eyres Monsell), daughter of Bolton Eyres-Monsell, 1st Viscount Monsell. She accompanied him on many of his travels until her death in Kardamyli in June 2003, aged 91. They had no children. They lived part of the year in their house in an olive grove near Kardamyli in the Mani Peninsula, southern Peloponnese, and part of the year in Gloucestershire. The house at Kardamyli was featured in the 2013 film “Before Midnight.” Bruce Chatwin (1940-1989) was an English travel writer, novelist, and journalist. His first book, “In Patagonia” (1977), established Chatwin as a travel writer, although he considered himself instead a storyteller, interested in bringing to light unusual tales. For “In Patagonia” Chatwin received the Hawthornden Prize and the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Graham Greene, Patrick Leigh Fermor, and Paul Theroux praised the book. As a result of the success of In Patagonia, Chatwin's circle of friends expanded to include individuals such as Jacqueline Onassis, Susan Sontag, and Jasper Johns. Chatwin's ashes were scattered near a Byzantine chapel above Kardamyli in the Peloponnese. This was close to the home of one of his mentors, Patrick Leigh Fermor. Near here, Chatwin had spent several months in 1985 working on “The Songlines.”
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For the last few months of his life Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915-2011) suffered from a cancerous tumour, and in early June 2011 he underwent a tracheotomy in Greece. As death was close, according to local Greek friends, he expressed a wish to visit England to say good-bye to his friends, and then return to die in Kardamyli, though it is also stated that he actually wished to die in England and be buried next to his wife. Leigh Fermor died in England, aged 96, on June 10, 2011, the day after his return. His funeral took place at St Peter (Main Street, Centre of village, Dumbleton, Gloucestershire, WR11 7TL) on June 16, 2011. A Guard of Honour was provided by serving and former members of the Intelligence Corps, and a bugler from the Irish Guards sounded the Last Post and reveille. Leigh Fermor is buried next to his wife in the churchyard at Dumbleton.
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