Coast Road crash victim leaves a legacy of true love
A DOTING grandfather, loving husband and father, 'Shravi' Michel Abadie touched the lives of people from all over the world with his gentle, compassionate nature.
The 58-year-old Byron Bay Limousines driver was killed in a tragic head-on crash on The Coast Rd at Lennox Head last Saturday morning.
A popular and well-known member of Byron Bay's Sannyasin community, Shravi was born in the French province of Anjou, in the town of Jarze.
Shravi's stepdaughter, Damani Hagedoorn, said he was a gorgeous, peaceful man, who loved jazz, playing the guitar and gardening with Australian natives.
Ms Hagedoorn said Shravi's life was transformed when he trekked on foot, overland from France, through Persia, to India as an 18-year-old in the 1970s.
"That's where he met Osho, his meditation master, in the Pune ashram (commune) that was there and from then he practised meditation for the last 40 years of his life," she said.
"That's why he was so peaceful and loving; he never lied, he was a very honest man because that's what he believed in."
Shravi came to Australia in the 1980s, Ms Hagedoorn said, and returned to Pune every year to meditate with Osho, where he met her mother Sahajo in 1990s.
"We all were living in India in the same ashram with the same master and that's where he met my mother and my sister and I," she said.
"When we met in India for the first time my mum and him fell in love from the very first moment they met each other."
After living at Suffolk Park and Byron Bay, the family moved to Brunswick Heads eight years ago.
"Every week he would go to Lilly Pilly pre-school at Brunswick Heads and do the gardens for them for the past eight years because all of his grandchildren went to that pre-school."
Six months after returning from France after burying his mother, Shravi's amazing life ended in tragedy.
He is survived by his partner Sahajo Griffin, daughters Damani and Dana Hagedoorn, and his six grandchildren.