Wildwood Sailing Club
On August the 21st, following the Fun Rally, club members held the traditional August Club Supper and also took the opportunity to pay tribute to Peter Case, longtime member of the Wildwood Sailing Club. During his 28 year association with the club Peter was recognized for his many contributions to the club in addition to his love of sailing. Along with a number of past club members, Peter's daughter Pam and his son Michael were invited to be guests of the club for the supper and for the unveiling of the plaque which has been mounted inside the pavilion.
Commodore Rob Johnson introduced the special guests and invited Margrit Johnson to read a short tribute from past member, Pam Mulholland. Mark Rohfriesch also spoke about his memories and admiration for Peter Case, on behalf of the club. Following the remarks, Pam and Michael unveiled the plaque for all to see and shared their own thoughts about their father and his enduring relationship with sailing and the club!
Three club members were awarded the Peter Case Award for their contributions to Wildwood Sailing Club this year. Pam and Michael presented awards to Hans Rosch, Jim Phillips and Leslie Catling. Hans received his award for his leadership on the Shed Project. Jim received his for Lifetime Achievement. And Leslie received her award for her work on updating the club website.
Wildwood Sailing Club will be celebrating it's 50th Anniversary in 2017. Chris Vaughan has agreed to head the committee with Margrit, Arlene and LJ to help. We'll be approaching membership to help with the actual events next season. Several members have put forward ideas and are willing to help out. Special anniversary events next summer would be a great way to promote WSC and hopefully attract new members.
Please let the executive know if you are able to help out and if you have any ideas for the celebrations.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Peter Case, 86, on July 17, 2014. Peter was a member of Wildwood Sailing Club for 28 years, serving in various positions in the executive for 21 years of his membership. In honour of his many years of service to the club, Peter was made a lifetime member when he retired from the executive.
He was a passionate sailor, avid racer, and indeed a mainstay of the sailing club. He was at the heart of many decisions that were made in ensuring that the grounds were kept in the best shape possible and that the club was an enjoyable place to spend time with good sailing friends.
Peter was a gentleman and always a diplomat. He knew everyone in the club and had a special gift for drawing out a member's particular talent to the benefit of the club.
In recent years, Peter's health was fragile and he was unable to visit the club but he continued to maintain an interest in and ask about the members and the organization that had been such an important part of his life.
Peter is pictured above with his wife Eleanor who also contributed a great deal to the club for many years as a member of the social committee. Our thoughts are with Eleanor, Jamie, Heather and Pam at this sad time as they honour their loved one. We honour a dedicated member of the Wildwood Sailing Club.
Below - Peter enjoying a sail in his Nordica 16.
Eleanor Mary Case beloved wife of Peter Case of Stratford passed away on December 16, 2014. She was 87 years of age. Eleanor was born on the family farm in Cotham in Saskatchewan on June 27, 1927, the daughter of the late Richard Howell Everall and the former Margaret Ethel Black. She was educated both at Cotham and Lachute Quebec and attended MacDonald College of McGill University earning a BSc in Home Economics in 1949. She spent her working career as a hospital dietitian, retiring from Stratford General Hospital in 1985. Eleanor met her future husband while they were both attending MacDonald College. They were married at Ste Anne de Bellevue, Quebec on August 8, 1952. Eleanor was active in the Stratford Chapters of the University Women's Club and the IODE. She organized club suppers for the Wildwood Sailing Club, supporting Peter in his role as Club Commodore. Her passion was to be independent and active, and she was a regular of the neighbourhood walking the family dog at dawn and at dusk; unfortunately health issues had confined her to a wheelchair for the past three years. She was pre-deceased by her husband Peter, her parents, brother Wallace and sister Betty. Left to mourn her passing are sons Michael of Toronto and Jamie (Lisa) of Penang, Malaysia; daughters Heather of Manhattan and Pam of Vancouver. Also survived by grandson, Johnathan and numerous nieces and nephews.
Low water levels on Wildwood reservoir caused the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) to close the lake to all boating activity. Due to this we had to move the Dock pull to September 9.
...................and because of the low water some members came to move their boats to deeper water.
A few members decided to check out Fanshawe to see where our water went. Got the grand tour from Elayna. It's a beautiful yacht club, only thing missing is a great docking system but they aren't lucky enough to have a bay to accommodate docks so most boats are moored out.