Lucien Pickering and his two charter guests who enjoyed their fresh caught lobsters. They have been followed by countless sailors and charterers who look forward to the very special ambience that Lowell and Vivian began. Over the following 18 years until his tragic and untimely death, he worked with vision, passion, and dedication so that the Hotel became the success it is now with all the guests who look forward to the very special ambience of the Anegada Reef Hotel.
Over the years the hotel and its anchorage became a favorite stopover for visiting yachtsmen, and Lowell became a friend to all that visited.
During that time Lowell also made countless rescues of yachts and sailors that stumbled upon the treacherous Anegada reef at night and in weather so foul that no one else would dare to venture out. He had a strong sense of responsibility to Anegada visitors -- whether he had ever met them or not.
Lowell was immensely proud of his two children Lawrence and Lorraine and looked forward to the day when he could hand over the business to them. He was with them in April, 2002 when they graduated from Bethune-Cookman College in Florida. Today Lawrence and Lorraine are carrying one their father's legacy and continuing the tradition of hospitality, welcoming sailors and guests to Anegada.
Many people have known Lowell during his too brief, but full life. The following are words written by Walker Mangum, a friend of Lowell's and a frequent visitor to Anegada.
"On July 13, 2002, a tragic accident took the life of Lowell Wheatley. Lowell was loved by all that knew him. He possessed that magic ability to make every one that he met feel like a lifelong friend. I know that Nancy and I both had very deep admiration and respect for him. He brought many happy times to us and is part of some our fondest memories. He was brilliant, energetic, thoughtful, kind, and had a wonderful sense of humor.
Lowell was one of those people that seemed to have endless energy. I cannot recall ever seeing him be still for more than an instant. Even at rest, I am certain that his mind was still racing. He was always engaged in a project at his beloved Anegada Reef Hotel, which was built into a place that was extraordinarily peaceful, pleasant and comfortable. In fact, he was frequently involved in numerous bits of improvement all over Anegada, and always had more things planned. Lowell believed that if anything was worth doing, it was worth doing properly. Sadly, the accident that took his life came while he was doing one of his favorite things -- working.
This man was truly a larger-than-life character, a brother to all. No matter what the circumstance, you could count on a smile and a cheerful word from him. He put the sparkle in Anegada.
Lowell always had a vision of what was next, what would make life better, and he always worked toward that vision. That vision - call it a dream - did not just include Lowell; it included everything that was in Lowell's life.
As fast as he accomplished the things that were part of his visions, he had new dreams and visions that replaced those accomplishments. I like to think of Lowell's dreams for the future as being the landscape between him and the horizon. As fast as Lowell moved across that landscape toward that horizon, he was also having new dreams to replace those which he was reaching. Thus, his horizon was always moving also. Lowell had a passion for that landscape that stood between him and the horizon. Indeed, he had a passion for that horizon itself. Lowell never, ever stopped chasing that horizon. And Lowell lived for that chase. He loved that chase. He WAS that chase.
The world is indeed a much emptier place without him.
The images of Lowell above are from our own photos and from others who kindly contributed them. I hope that they will bring a smile to you and warmth to your heart, as they do for me."