Peach Boardwalk Dedication

Post date: Jul 24, 2017 4:11:49 PM

Friends of Sauble Beach members were joined by family and friends of the late Geoff Peach at the dedication ceremony for the Geoff Peach Walkway in Sauble Beach, July 23. Photo by Zoe Kessler/Wiarton Echo

SAUBLE BEACH - Members of Friends of Sauble Beach were joined by family and friends of the late Geoff Peach at a dedication ceremony for the Geoff Peach Walkway in Sauble Beach, July 23.

Geoff Peach was a co-founder of Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation and a strong proponent of the preservation of the beach and dune eco-system at Sauble Beach, a news release from Friends of Sauble Beach said.

Peach’s wife Cheryl and his two daughters, Kathryn and Laura Peach, of Blyth, were at the dedication ceremony, as were other relatives and friends – some from as far away as Calgary, Alabama and Tennessee, Cheryl Peach said in an interview.

“It’s very exciting. It’s lovely coming back because we was a family often came with Geoff on his projects,” she said.

It was good to “actually see what has developed from all the work he has created,” Peach said.

Peach’s daughters did the honours of unveiling the plaque, which was designed by John Strachan, a 17-year member of Friends of Sauble Beach.

“It’s like he’s here. It just means so much to us as Friends of Sauble Beach. It gives us another kick to keep things going, because we’re all volunteers,” Strachan said.

Strachan incorporated distinctive elements into the plaque to represent Peach, whom he called “a good friend.” A stylized portrait of Peach shows him sporting a baseball cap with the letters “LHCCC” on it, standing for Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation.

“I think they have captured Geoff well,” Cheryl Peach said, “because he’s always wearing the hat.”

Her husband was also a “true educator,” she said. In an email she wrote, “He worked for the community and the public... he readily and freely shared his knowledge and expertise with coastal communities in order to preserve these beautiful, natural resources for future generations.”

Peach was integral in shaping the two Sauble Beach management plans – one in 2004 from the main street to 6th Street and a second one in 2007 from 6th Street to Sauble Falls Road – which eventually led to the Town of South Bruce Peninsula’s dynamic beach bylaw, Kathy Strachan, chair of Friends of Sauble Beach said in an interview after the ceremony.

Strachan said the bylaw helped prevent “blowouts” – which happen when people make their own pathways down to the beach, resulting in sand blowing away – by limiting access to the beach through the provision of walkways. Peach also worked with the town to minimize the loss of sand by letting beach grasses grow on the dunes and on the beach adjacent to the dunes.

Peach participated in the FSB’s information seminars and helped with its school programs, an FSB news release said.

FSB currently has over 100 members, Kathy Strachan said. For information,