Welcome Sign

Look what’s new!

Our footbridge, (AKA Pont de Roo), has a new look. Thank you to Peter Giannuzzi and Thomas Achenbach (both of Third Avenue) for their appropriate design and installation.

What a lovely entrance into our neighbourhood. Its heralding of love and care are hallmarks for us that community is important. These are the things of a welcoming people. 




South Beach Tribute – Bert de Roo

Bert de Roo passed away on February 22, 2018 at the age of 64. Bert was introduced to South Beach in the summer of 1976 because he fell in love with Evelyn Ward (6 Hansson Ave). He would joke that one of the main reasons he married her was because of her cottage.

Very soon he was warmly accepted into the Ward family fold because he loved working beside his father-in-law Bill on projects at the cottage. Felling trees, renovating, putting on additions, crawling under the cabin, all things Bill was very happy to have help with and Bert was eager and willing to get his hands dirty. Over the last 42 years he only missed one summer in South Beach.


He took this photo of the Gimli Glider the summer of 1983.

He spent many many hours on the Loni Beach Tennis Courts trying to better his game. He eventually encouraged his wife, Ev, to learn to play.

Bert learned to sail at the Gimli Yacht Club in 1990. Sailing as a team member in the Wednesday night keelboat races became a beautiful pastime for many years. He became proficient at flying a spinnaker.

He served as Vice President of the South Beach Property Owners Association for a number of years. Among the things Bert will be remembered for are rebuilding the footbridge into South Beach at the municipal ditch which became known affectionately as “Pont de Roo”. And rousing his neighbours down to the beach on a clear night to view the International Space Station passing overhead.

In his later years he went back to his love of welding and started making recumbent bikes from reclaimed bicycles. He glad repaired bikes from people all over Gimli in exchange for a few beer.

Photo credit megansteen.com

new bike rack

Professionally Bert was an award-winning software developer. His little ‘cabin in the woods’ office became his experiment in semi-retirement. His clients would hear birds chirping away in the background as he spoke to them on the phone all over the world.

Mourning him are his beloved wife, Evelyn, children Katie (Tom), London, Ontario and Lukas (Chloe), Buderim, Australia.

Photo credit megansteen.com

The “little guys” he loved most, his grandsons, Ben and Teddy, will miss their Opa terribly.

To read his obituary ….. http://www.needhamjay.com/obituaries/Bert-De-Roo/
His funeral and interment took place in Petrolia, Ontario in March.

You are invited to join the family in a celebration of Bert’s life at an informal reception on Sunday, June 24, 2018 at the Gimli Yacht Club, 1-4PM.