Brandon J. Lemieux Memorial Beach Cleanup
Beach cleanup honours son
The Brandon J. Lemieux Memorial Beach Cleanup
Shoreline cleanup in Bayfield on Saturday, September 16, 2017
Brandon Lemieux, who loved to walk along the beach and who helped to keep the beach clean, passed away on September 16, 2016.
Brandon’s mother, Susan, wished to honour Brandon’s memory and asked if Bayfield was interested in assisting. The municipality, and a number of local groups, were pleased to join forces to coordinate a beach cleanup to honour Brandon.
Those community organizations include the Municipality of Bluewater, Blue Bayfield, The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association, Pioneer Park Association, Love Your Greats, the Beach Management Committee, and the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation.
Interested citizens are asked to meet at Bayfield’s Main Beach parking area at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 16. Participants are asked to wear appropriate footwear. Gloves and bags will be provided.
Citizens in the village of Bayfield have been willing volunteers for beach cleanups for at least 20 plus years. Cigarette butts and fast food containers, including plastics have dominated the collections over this period. Studies have shown that plastics are becoming a major concern in the Great Lakes, and that aquatics species are mistakenly consuming plastics that appear to them as food. Forty-five million people also use these lakes as their source of drinking water.
Brandon had been visiting his great grandfather’s summer cottage off of Stanley Side Road 1 since childhood. His summers always included trips to the village of Bayfield for ice cream and a trek down to Bayfield Beach for a swim and for fishing off the end of the pier – which was his passion.
Brandon worked as a cook in the kitchen of JD’s Restaurant.
Often, Brandon could be found strolling the Bayfield Beach. Even when he was living in Seaforth he would make time to travel to the village to spend some hours on the shoreline.
Even after relocating back to his hometown of Kitchener, Brandon made sure his daughter also knew of this special place. A visit to the Bayfield beach was a must each and every summer.
Brandon was passionate about the beach and expressed this passion by spending countless hours picking up litter. It was important to him that the beach and Lake Huron be maintained for future generations.
Brandon’s connection to Bayfield Beach was so strong that he always said that he “felt the most himself there.”
Join the Bayfield and area community in honouring Brandon’s memory by demonstrating your community support for his passion for protecting our most valued resource, water.