Fox Hunting Life with Horse and Hound

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dhlees1-bmpIn nearly a half century of foxhunting, I have never seen a more handsome, elegant, and classically turned-out man astride a horse in the hunting field than Harcourt Lees. Nor did I ever meet a kinder or more pleasant gentleman in the hunting field. For me, he epitomized the grace and courtliness of a bygone age. It was an honor to know him, and I shall never forget him. What follows is the obituary of this sportsman/businessman/civic leader as released. -Ed.

With the passing of Douglas Harcourt Lees Jr. on July 21, Warrenton and Fauquier County, Virginia lost not only a respected businessman and sportsman but also a living link to a simpler time of grace and civility. Mr. Lees, 91, suffered a stroke on July 9 and was hospitalized briefly before returning to “Blackrock,” the Lees’ family home on Springs Road.

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# Gretchen Pelham 2013-07-26 13:16
Douglas Lees forwarded this note just received from Ben Hardaway:

" The first time my wife and I came to Virginia with the hounds to hunt we lodged at Harcourt and Scottie's home. We stayed 11 days. As you know, guest and fish start to smell after 3 days but we overcame that and had the best time of our lives!"

" I especially remember the night when we went to little Washington to eat. As we were waiting to be seated, we decided to have some drinks. Well the next thing you know, Harcourt goes missing. Then Sarah goes to the restroom and realized that Harcourt is in one of the stalls. She yells, " Harcourt, what are you doing in here?! Harcourt replies, "How did you know it was me?! She says, " Your feet were turned wrong and I will never forget those suede shoes you're wearing!"

"Those were the best times. Harcourt was a great Virginia gentleman and I loved him and I tell him good bye."

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