Birth: 1934 in Borehomwood, Herts, England
Death: November 6, 2009 (age 74-75) on Saltspring Island, B.C.
Reuven Spiers was an artist. His wife Naomi Spiers, a sculptor and artist designed this lace-like pattern for her husband’s gravestone. She included images of the flowers that he liked and often painted. He also loved birds and enjoyed talking to them. Some of his favorite birds are also depicted. Naomi Spiers wrote the following biography:
Reuven Spiers was born in Borehomwood, Herts, England in 1934. In 1951, he emigrated to Canada with his partents and two younger brothers to Toronto. He and I (wife Naomi Spiers), were married in 1962, moved to Salt Spring Island in 1975. We tried kibbutz life in Israel at Ein Harod Ichud (1978-81) but he was too independent for a kibbutznik so we came back to Vancouver and worked to amass some money to go back. In 1987 we returned to Israel and restored an old ruined house in the Artists’ Quarter of Safed. We opened the gallery in 1990 and ran it until 1999 when we returned to Salt Spring where we renovated a house and Reuven designed a wonderful garden. He died in 2009.
Gravesite Details: Row H – Plot 19
פּ״נ (Here lies)
Hebrew Name: Reuven b. Avraham
1934 – 2009
ת נ צ ב ה
abbreviation for Biblical quote: “May his soul be bound up in the bond of eternal life.”