A salute to Gord Webb of the Marine Heritage Society


July 14, 2013

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Long-time member and Past President of the Marine Heritage Society in Southampton (Saugeen Shores), Gord Webb, was remembered at a gathering on Saturday, July 13th (2013).

Webb's many friends and family filled the historic Walker House in a salute to his memory and the work he had done as part of the Chantry Island Restoration project.

Gord Webb

Webb died recently in Windsor from complications   related to a fall that he had had earlier.

'Two Old Friends of the original Chantry Island Crew'

Doug Johnson (L) and Bob Trelford


Ken Cassavoy

Among those who recounted working with Webb, was marine archeologist, Ken Cassavoy.  Cassavoy, who headed up the archeological dig of the H.M.S. General Hunter shipwreck found on the Southampton beach, told of Webb's expertise in electrical matters and how he had often been relied upon during the dig.

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Christine Champion also expressed her thanks to the original crew of the Chantry Island Restoration, for mentoring her son Andrew, a young student at the time.

"Bob Trelford, Mike Sterling and Gord, taught Andrew so much.  They were real mentors to him and, today, he is a Captain in the Armed Services and I think it is in large part to them."

Christine Champion

Chantry Island Cham-bettes

(L)Carol Ann De Andrea and Martha Bennett


On a lighter note, Cham-bettes Carol Ann De Andrea and Martha Bennett told of their fundraising overnight stays on Chantry Island and how Webb would come out in the morning and cook breakfast over a campfire for the many Cham-bettes who were there.  All the monies raised by the group were then donated back to the Marine Heritage/Propeller Club.

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