The announcement from Kiel, his wife:
“It’s with the deepest grief that I tell you that Toby passed away early this morning, Tuesday, Dec. 20. We were both so very moved by the outpouring of love and support from all of you. Before we settled down for the night, Toby was looking at your messages and the notifications of donations. He was touched beyond belief. Those were the last moments that I saw him alive—bathed in your love and appreciation. I couldn’t have wanted a better end for him.
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I will never forget your love.
I will use your donations to pay for his hospice care this past week, as well as cremation and service (details are yet to be worked out) and to help me with living expenses while I start a new life. We will close this site soon. If you feel moved to make further donations for my support during this transition, it would be deeply appreciated. But please know that your love and support have blessed Toby’s and my life forever. We are so grateful.
May Toby’s legacy be carried forward by all you good people.
Blessings and gratitude,
If you are able, you can still give to the You Caring fund and help Kiel and all of Toby’s loved ones.
Toby was a bright voice in our community who I looked forward to interviewing again in a few months and, hopefully, meet later in the year. A friend was conspiring to have a get together in Pittsburgh and to convince Toby to come.
Toby had a gentle voice that encouraged discussion and a diversity of opinions and practices which was reflected in our correspondences. We talked about the future of permaculture and how to adapt it to our current living situations as humanity inhabits cities in ever greater density. He wondered if an urban permaculture book was appropriate for the author of Gaia’s Garden and whether or not to release it. I’m thankful that he did go forward with The Permaculture City. As I came to expect from his work he gave that book a voice that people could connect with and again change the conversation about what it means to practice permaculture.
Those are some of my private memories of Toby. If you studied with him, knew him, or were influenced by his work, I’d love to hear your memories and how Toby Hemenway impacted you and your life. Please reply to this message or give me a call: 717-827-6266.