Norman MacDonald was doing a routine cleanup walk along a beach in Cape Breton last week when he came across something unusual.
Laying on West Mabou Beach was an empty tequila bottle that appeared to be filled with sand. When MacDonald picked the bottle up and took a closer look inside, he realized there was $25 in cash, a note and ashes stuffed inside.
The handwritten letter told the story of a man named Gary Robery Dupuis, a rough-around-the-edges kind of a guy who liked his tequila “straight up, no groceries.” But the note itself is surprisingly touching. It appears to have been written by his daughter, who seems to be trying to honour the one big dream Dupuis set out to achieve: travelling the world.
“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,” the note reads.
But Dupuis never got his dream. It’s unclear why–we don’t even know how Dupuis died, when he died or where he was from–but the note contains very specific instructions for anyone who finds it.
“If you find him, please take this money, buy yourself and Gary a drink, and release him back into the ocean,” reads the note, fittingly found inside a tequila bottle. Finders are also asked to log where they found the bottle and when they released it on the back of the paper.
MacDonald certainly plans on honouring the request.
“I was [saying] I’d take him up to the dance Saturday night and put him on the table,” he said. MacDonald then plans to hand the bottle off to a lobster fisherman, to have it released deeper into the ocean. He believes the bottle came from New Brunswick because he often finds things from the province on Cape Breton’s beaches (the money inside, after all, was Canadian). But there’s no way to be sure.
“My wish is that he gets his dream of seeing the world and finally finds some peace,” the note ends “We love you dad, have a great trip.”
Next stop: Wherever the ocean takes him.