John Forsyth : 23 September 1938 to 9 May 2012
John Forsyth was born on the 23rd of September 1938, grew up in Sea Point and from an early age developed a love for the sea paddling tin canoes at Boat Bay, next to the Sea Point Pavilion.
This passion for the sea stayed with John all his life, and he loved few things as much as mucking around with boats, fishing and sailing.
He fished out of Three Anchor Bay from the mid 1950’s, and continued to do so throughout his life, chasing Tuna off Cape Point, Plett, Struisbaai, wherever the then plentiful fish were running.
When moves were being made to found the NSRI , Round Table, Camps Bay were tasked with finding people to crew a boat at Bakoven once it was purchased.
This task was made easy in that a lot of his circle of friends were known to Round Table and at that time quite a few fished from Bakoven in dinghies, hence John’s close contact with Sea Rescue, although he was never an active crew member.
Ivan Klerck was the first station commander at Bakoven and it was at the time of his relocating to Durban that we looked around to find a new Statcom.
John fitted the bill especially well and served with distinction for the period 1st May1971 to the 1st April 1977. He was a meticulous organizer blessed with a lifetime of small and not so small boating experience.