Noel Coward stayed in Jamaica with Ian Fleming in the 1940s and enjoyed his time there so much that he first bought a home there and then built himself a new house called Firefly overlooking the sea on the North Coast. For many years he spent the winter months in Jamaica and then stayed most of the year round as he got older. He loved the climate and the quiet and the view out over the ocean. He wrote "
I love this place, it deeply enchants me. Whatever happens to this silly world, nothing much is likely to happen here."
Coward died at Firefly in 1973. Written on a wall in the house was this last poem:
When I have fears, as Keats had fears,
Of the moment I'll cease to be,
I console myself with vanished years,
Remembered laughter, remembered tears,
And the peace of the changing sea.
And there's another good Noel Coward quip I came across recently, also very suitable for funerals:
We have no reliable guarantee that the afterlife will be any less exasperating than this one, have we?