Tuesday, 26 March 2013
A couple of days later back at home, going through my mail, a stamp caught my eye. Joe Fortes, in recognition of Black History Month. I had assumed Joe owned the restaurant. Not so - Joe Fortes is a local legend who is fondly remembered for teaching children to swim in English Bay and as the beach's self-appointed lifeguard. He is credited with saving at least 29 lives, although the real number is thought to be much higher. A monument to commemorate him was erected a few years after his death in 1922, with the inscription "children loved him" and a local library is also named after him. In 1986 Joe Fortes was selected as the Vancouver Citizen of the Century.
The Wikipedia description is worth having a look at - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Fortes