|Sunrise at Long Point Tip|
I first met Maris over twenty years ago at Rondeau Park. He always stopped for birding on weekends in May. I never really knew Maris at first, but he seemed to be a regular visitor and eventually I got to know him. We became good friends.
He taught school in Oakville and was keen on nature and birds.
Upon retirement he and his wife Penny built a house in Beach 'O Pines at Grand Bend.
We spent many times doing Christmas Bird Counts, doing OFO field trips, and in the summer, butterfly counts.
In July 2007, along with Heather Campbell and Diane Salter, Maris and I spent four days at the Tip of Long Point. It was a lot of fun.
In recent years, Maris always helped me in my section of the Rondeau CBC, Wallaceburg CBC and some others. It was always a joy to have him along on these or any outing.
Maris and Penny were so friendly and I always enjoyed their company. When my father died, they came down from Grand Bend for a visit even though they had never met him. That really meant a lot to me.
I do not know what else to say, but there is now a big void in my hobby of birding/nature.
You will always be remembered, Maris!