FOCB NEWS UPDATE
It has been almost two weeks since Shirley Grace passed away and we’re still in shock, trying to come to grips with her loss. Rest assured though, Shirley left everything in order so that the Friends of Crystal Beach can easily carry on. I, Sharon Bowers, have taken over her treasurer’s duties and am grateful that she was so meticulous in her bookkeeping. Finding an interim president is a much bigger task but we have someone in mind to lead us until the regular elections in June of 2020.
Our next monthly meeting falls on Halloween, October 31. We will be meeting at the Crystal Ridge Library on South Ridge Road in Ridgeway at 7:00 p.m. Please come if you can. We are still planning Christmas events and looking forward to 2020 events.
We received an e-mail from Shirley’s son David Wallington. Here are some of his remarks:
“My Mother was laid to rest Thursday October 3 at 11:00 AM – at The Yarmouth Mountain Cemetery in Yarmouth Nova Scotia. She was buried next to her sister Kathleen; and laid to rest along with the ashes of her predeceased daughter (my sister) Rosanna.
I love you both – you lived life in a way I never could – both so able to command the moment to moment realities that can overwhelm most of us.
It would be impossible to list all the things that they accomplished along the way. My Mother was the probably the first woman to hold a liquor license in Ontario, but was not allowed behind the bar to serve a drink – because she was a woman.It would have been in the 1960’s – my Mother challenged the fact she was not allowed behind the bar – it was huge fight at the time – but she prevailed – and moved forward as usual…
She also organized the first restaurant and hospitality association – but it just never stopped. She helped so many people along the way – I grew up never knowing who would be staying in our spare room – from relatives needing help to people we simply knew that needed somewhere to stay or to be safe. Especially young people. Even the last weekend of her life – she was answering the phone – fielding questions for The Friends of Crystal Beach – that is why I say – it never stopped.
She made things that seemed impossible; possible. She taught me that every problem has a solution, a seam that can be followed to find resolution; but she had the mastery to make that resolution the one she desired: that was the magic. We have lost a force – My condolences to the town and people she knew – You will need to think like “Shirl” – to protect the town you love. Most times my Mother would let her adversaries make the first move and then counter punch – if that helps. Because usually people with poor intentions are vulnerable. But the solution is always there – you just have to be able to see it – I am sure heaven could use some fixing up… she must be busy organizing already.”