He’s a man that we met pretty much every day down at the South Beach.
He had his bench, just beyond The Men’s, and he had those friends who would sit awhile too.
Try as we might though, Joe Redmond never really wanted to reveal much about himself.
Even the “thousands of photographs” that he’d taken of the South Beach over the years never quite revealed themselves either.
“I need to work on them, sort through them,” Joe would tell us again and again. “I just want to make sure that I’ve got them all together.
“I’ll have them soon enough, soon enough…”
We don’t know Joe Redmond well enough to talk about his life here. When we got to know Joe, he was already, it seemed, past caring about the past.
And what lay ahead was heading down to Greystones each day, from Burnaby Lawns, and just watching the boats go by.
And all his fellow Greystonians too.
Hope you’re in a good place now, Joe, and we hope you brought all those old photos to finally sort through too…
Thanks to John McGowan for the beautiful shot of John above, taken at the Christmas Day Swim in 2010. Joe passed away on Friday, October 27th 2016. He left behind quite a few tales, memorable nights, and a whole bunch of shots.
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