Tribute to Peg Davidson

The Mul­laloo Surf Life Sav­ing Club has sad­ly lost one of their most val­ued trea­sures, Peg David­son passed away in Octo­ber 2016 at the age of 90.

Peg was an insti­tu­tion in her own right who demon­strat­ed an impec­ca­ble mem­o­ry for names, places and events. Just the chance to spend a few moments over a can of XXXX Gold and an opened end­ed ques­tion would fill the next 15 min­utes or so in enough detail to fill a book. She was respect­ed and equal­ly revered with her depth of knowl­edge regard­ing all things ‘Mul­laloo’.

In brief, Peg’s his­to­ry from 1972 has always been with­in clubs. In 1972, after the pass­ing of her hus­band, she returned to the Roy­al Kings Park Ten­nis Club as the admin­is­tra­tor, from there and 6 years lat­er she took the Admin­is­tra­tors posi­tion at Roy­al Perth Yacht club and remained there until 1991.

peg-viv-hshieldIn 1985, Peg was approached by the club to see if she would like to help out and become involved as the assis­tant sec­re­tary. Both her grand­chil­dren – Megan and Jeff – were involved so she dili­gent­ly had a sneak peek and offered her skills as a vol­un­teer. So on the 1st May 1985, Peg became a mem­ber of Mul­laloo. It was not­ed (not con­firmed) at the time that she said “this would be the begin­ning of my end”.

The club has cher­ished the 31 years that Peg has unselfish­ly giv­en her time to the suc­cess and the strug­gles of Mul­laloo SLSC. From 1985 to the end of the 2004/05 sea­son she played an active role with­in the admin­is­tra­tion and finan­cial gov­er­nance of an ever grow­ing and demand­ing club. In 1994 she was award­ed the Club Per­son of the Year and in 1996, Life Mem­ber­ship. In 2006 the club helped cel­e­brate Peg’s 80th birth­day with a masked ball. Many pho­tos tak­en demon­strate the gen­er­al affec­tion for everyone’s Grand­ma.

Peg manning the office in 1988

Peg man­ning the office in 1988

Many peo­ple wan­der through our lives and some leave an ever­last­ing impres­sion. In par­tic­u­lar, many of the mem­bers who joined in the eight­ies adopt­ed Peg as their Grand­ma, a role which she grate­ful­ly accept­ed. “If in doubt, go and ask Peg. Peg knows, just ask her”.  Peg was the Ora­cle – a liv­ing his­to­ry of what Mul­laloo Surf Life Sav­ing Club was all about. With­in these lines hide a pletho­ra of sto­ries and late night tales and reflec­tions which will re-invite them­selves into our con­ver­sa­tions of Peg.

 

Peg with grandchildren Megan & Jeff

Peg with grand­chil­dren Megan & Jeff

Much like a val­ued mem­ber of a suc­cess­ful foot­ball team where they would decom­mis­sion the num­ber they played, sim­i­lar­ly the place where Peg loved to sit on a Fri­day night and Sun­day after­noon has been decom­mis­sioned and a new bar with a new name will come into play lat­er this year. Call it tim­ing? But I guess Peg would have had some­thing to say and with plen­ty of gus­to.

We will not for­get, we will remem­ber the part she played and played very well indeed.

Rest in peace.

Peg’s funer­al will be held on Fri­day 14 Octo­ber at 1.30pm. East Chapel of Pin­na­roo Val­ley Memo­r­i­al Park, Pad­bury.
(Mem­bers — out of respect to the fam­i­ly, please do not share funer­al details on pub­lic plat­forms such as face­book).