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January 28, 2017

Geoff Peach, founder of the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation in Goderich, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. His creativity and foresight helped establish this important facility in 1998, and he has been a significant voice in coastal management in Ontario for more than 30 years. Geoff's wisdom, wit, and ability to effectively communicate complex scientific issues about Lake Huron, brought a deeper understanding to the coastal community. He was a respected educational resource to elementary and secondary schools, as well as university programs. Those who knew Geoff knew that he focused on his family, his friends and his love of Lake Huron. He was able to overcome significant visual challenges and, more recently, battled cancer. He strived for collaboration, whenever possible, in his dealings with contentious environmental issues and was successful in bringing people together. His determination to improve the health of the lake, the lives of those who live near it, and the coastal communities, will be greatly missed. A memorial to celebrate Geoff’s life is planned for Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, at St. Jude’s Anglican Church, 1537 Adelaide St. N., London. Visitation from 10-11 a.m., with a Celebration of Life to follow at 11 a.m. In conjunction with Geoff’s family, the coastal centre is assisting to establish a university scholarship fund in his name that will enable young environmentalists to pursue coastal research and further the work that he carried out. The fund, called the “Geoff Peach Coastal Scholarship Fund,” will be available to Ontario university students who have research interests in coastal sciences. Stay tuned to the coastal centre website in the coming months for more information regarding application and eligibility details. Geoff’s family has asked that donations be made to this scholarship fund by submitting financial contributions to the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation. Donations can be made on-line by visiting Please make cheques payable to the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation, mail to 76 Courthouse Square, Goderich, Ontario, N7A 1M6, and mark the donation “Geoff’s Scholarship Fund.” Donations will be gratefully accepted and tax receipts issued.

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