On September 26, 2019, we lost an icon of Crystal Beach. Some of us called her "The Notorious Shirley Wallington Grace" replete with her lace collar like the great Ruth Bader Ginsburg who recently passed, with whom Shirley shared many characteristics.
Shirley came to Crystal Beach by way of Toronto where she moved as a teenager from her birthplace in Nova Scotia. She now rests in her family plot near Yarmouth.
As we celebrate her life, we also wish to preserve her memory for future generations of visitors and residents to the town she had such a great love for and for which she worked hard to make a better place.
There will be a dedication of a bench at Bay Beach that will carry a plaque with her name. That bench will face out to Lake Erie from the place she championed and worked to preserve as a public beach.
We are ever so grateful she chose Crystal Beach as her home and her headquarters.
We will hold a small dedication of the bench in her honour at a future date to be announced.
Shirley Grace was the President-Treasurer of the Friends of Crystal Beach at the time of her death at age 94 last September. Prior to that, she held many offices and positions with numerous community groups. She fought to get clean water in the Beach; she worked to save the Point Abino Light Station; she championed the effort to save the waterfront in Crystal Beach from overdevelopment; she fought to prevent the building of a twelve story condo on public beach lands; and she worked to keep the unique character and charm of Crystal Beach.
Thank you, Shirley, on behalf of those who love Crystal Beach.