The Fauquier newspaper provided an enviable obituary.
D. Harcourt Lees Jr. of Warrenton, known to many as the quintessential Virginia gentleman, died at home Sunday, July 21, after a brief illness.
Mr. Lees, 91, for decades owned and operated an insurance and real estate firm. He was a past president of the Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce and the Fauquier Club and a former director of The Fauquier Bank. He was a longtime member of Warrenton Rotary Club.
He had a lifelong passion for horse sports. Mr. Lees served as the Warrenton Hunt Master of Foxhounds from 1968 to 1981. He continued to ride to the hounds until 2001.
A Warrenton native, he loved practical jokes and parties.
Mr. Lees and the late Billy Wilbur made their legendary â€œMidnight Rideâ€ after a hunt ball in the 1950s. On horseback and still in tuxedos, they visited a half-dozen farms, procuring cocktails along the way.
A 1997 profile in The Fauquier Citizen, described Mr. Leesâ€™ impeccable manners. Always well dressed â€” or â€œturned outâ€ â€” he bowed and tipped his hat when meeting friends and strangers on the street.
â€œHis manners are flawless,â€ the late Byrd Greene told Don Del Rosso, who wrote the newspaper profile. â€œBut theyâ€™re manners from the heart; heâ€™s a gentleman because itâ€™s inside of him.â€
Molliter ossa cubent.