Dead Postman’s New Travels Make Him a Celebrity in Holland

November 15, 2008

Netherlands (Chattahbox) — John Lea died as a postman in Holland. He died at the age of 78 leaving behind a wife and eight of his nine children. After his cremation, his ashes were split into three parts. One part was buried at his favourite tree, another one next to his daughter’s grave. One of his sons, Kevin Lea, 48, put the third part of his ashes in a bottle with photographs of his father and some details about his life such as that he served in the army and travelled a lot. He then dropped the bottle from a ferry in the Channel while on a trip to France. He thought his father needed “one last adventure”. Ever since then the bottle has been ashore twice already in Holland leading John Lea to appear in the national daily newspapers and on TV.

A few weeks after Kevin threw the water in the Channel, he received a letter from a couple, Peter and Rita de Man in Holland who found the bottle washed up on one of the country’s islands. They returned the bottle back to the sea as requested in the letter in the bottle written by Kevin. The bottle again returned to the same island, Texel and was discovered by Maarten Brugge. He alerted the local newspaper which led to the popularity of John Lea.

“When I was contacted by Maarten, he said he’d told the local paper and then it was picked up by the big national paper De Telegraaf, said Kevin. “I lived in Holland for ten years and I can speak Dutch, which surprised them, and then I was contacted by the national TV channel Hart Van Nederland. I spoke to them and they showed all the pictures of dad and the feedback has been incredible.

“He’s turned into a bit of a celebrity over there – I think he would have really liked that. I thought that it would be nice for dad to go on one last big adventure, and hopefully it is continuing.

Kevin had bought a clear plastic container which was robust and waterproof. He had put his obituary, a letter and his ashes in the bottle before throwing it in the water. He is hopeful that the bottle may appear in Germany or Denmark next time.


One Response to “Dead Postman’s New Travels Make Him a Celebrity in Holland”

  1. simon love on November 15th, 2008 9:09 am

    Can I just add that John Lea didnt die or live in Holland. Hes British and from the south west of England.

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