I'm very fond of this photo. From the mid-70's, it shows us bringing home a load of hay for the horses... What it doesn't show is that those three intrepid lads rode home on top of the load, with Rob (on the right) calling out, "Hay, Man!" to passersby when we stopped at the lights. It's unthinkable now, but those were less complicated, one might say less worried times. We laughed a lot.
With Paul and Brian Tapley standing on the ground, the picture is completed by three members of our long time Bondi Family: David Williams, David Horne, and Rob Williams. When there was trouble to be found, they were always right in there with Brian and I... when there were chores to do, they were always willing to pitch in. We had some amazing adventures, and knowing them made the summers rich beyond imagining.
The Williams have been coming to Bondi without interruption for 48 years now. The next generation comes with their own families, and we hope that these families will in turn come with theirs. We are part of their lives, and they are a very cherished part of ours.
Many of our guests who met at Bondi continue the same close family-ship when they leave here to return home. Many tell us that Bondi is their anchor, and that is an enormous honour.
So it is with huge sadness that we report the loss of one of our treasured family members. David George Williams, 54, of Shelby Township,Michigan, but formerly of Windsor, Ont. and for almost all his summers since he was about 6 of Bondi Resort, passed away on Sept. 25, 2009. Beloved and devoted husband to Carol Williams (Horvath) for 33 incredible years. Devoted father to Kurtis Williams. Dear son to Walter & Evelyn Hadden (Williams) and the late George Williams. Dearest big brother to Robert, Jeffrey, Stuart and Alice. Step-brother to Jim Hadden, Susan Ion (Hadden) and Carolyn Hadden. Special brother-in-law to Patty Hynds (Marv DeGraw) (S. Carolina), Bob & Sandy Horvath and the late Gilbert Horvath of Windsor. Nephew to Auntie Pat and Norman & Nancy Williams, (Oakville). Greatest uncle to many nieces and nephews. Special god father to Charlotte and Gage Lambert (Novi, Mich.)
David was an avid runner, golfer and lover of jazz, travel, good food and laughter. David was a loving and gentle soul. A devoted family man committed to his wife and son. David has a deep love for Christ. He will be loved and missed by his family and friends but will live in our hearts and memories forever. Our world was brighter for having him within it.