Graham Hassell, a long serving committee member of the Association, died on 29 January 2009 after a battle with cancer.
In the past 10 years Graham organised most of the working bees to improve the facilities around the settlement.
His last big project was the boat launching ramp, the completion of which caused him much frustration because of regional council delays. He finally completed it two months before his death. After the boat ramp was completed he planted two Norfolk pines in the reserve and probably his last outing was at the Waikawa Beach Ambrose Golf and after match function in early January.