During the last forty-three years, the Master’s Line has adjusted and grown along with our guests. Social media has changed how we get this kind of news, but we still find it important to remember our BPKFL friends. It is a compliment that you continue to share this news with us and rest assured it is still written with love that enriches the giver, it serves the instant, and it washes over the ages. When love is returned it is multiplied, and even hundredfold grief is divisible by love.
George Schall, 88 – February 2013
George of Joan and George from MI. George was on portable oxygen for 13 years, but he didn’t let that slow him down. In December 2011, he got a “hole in one.” Joan, his wife, wanted everyone here to know that. The Schalls were famous at BPKFL for their art work. In our lodge rooms and the game room you will see the occasional original watercolor painting with the Schall name on it.
Terry Jaskowski – December 2013
Terry of Terry and Janice of Lincoln Park, MI. Terry’s passing was mistakenly overlooked in the 2014 Log, and for that we apologize. Terry was retired from the auto industry and he was most famous around camp for using his talents to collect, carve, and prepare coconut art for Janice to paint. Check the Key Deer head mount in the BPKFL lobby to see his talents for yourself.
Al Barnes, 87 – October 2014
Barney was our first mayor, though he was not duly elected like the mayors that would follow him. He was our assumed mayor. Before cell phones and golf carts, Barney’s most important duty was to deliver messages as he walked through camp. Messages were taped on his belly, which was of reasonable size. Therefor his belly was always of great interest and being checked for news. Barney established this part of the job description for all future mayors. “You have no authority, no pay,” he used to say, “but lots of prestige.” His name is on the sink.
Hale Brener, 80 – October 2014
Hale of Diana and Hale from Wisconsin. They wintered on site E-68. Hale contributed to many of our skits and activities. His grand finale was New Year’s Eve Skit 2000. It was all Hale’s from the roast pie to the togas, to the flowing wine. It is one we will forever remember. His name is on the sink.
Angeline Merrill – October 2014
Angie of Angie and John from Ocala, Fl. They wintered on the front row by Sun Beach. How could you not love Angie? She was always there to help.
Bill Bowers – November 2014
Bill of Mary and Bill from Wadsworth, Ohio. Bill was a great guy that always backed up Mary. Mary was our winter choir director and she and Bill always worked as team to conquer any task given to them.
Tommy Speed – December 2014
Tommy was a spring and summer guest from Georgia. While he was here he held the liar’s bench down every day. He renamed it “the Fishing Information Bench.” Tommy had a unique ability to teach people, especially youngsters, to fish. Tommy was, without a doubt, universally loved by everyone. He was the Godfather of the Palatka Fish Mafia and his name is on the sink.
Dave Smith -January 2015
Dave and his brothers have not stayed with us for a number of years. He was always known for his group of brothers. The Smith Brothers stayed in a pop-up camper on the canal during lobster season.
Gus Carson – February 2015
Gus of Alisa and Gus from New Jersey. If you knew Gus, then you know he was a treat. He always helped “the guys” with the Fun Fund lost and found auction. He was also was a great dancer. Most of all, he lived near Joan and he always gave her a reason to laugh when she saw him. What a legacy!
Helen Mebus – February 2015
Helen of Lou and Helen from Hallstead, PA. Helen and Lou came for their winter stay two months early in 1998 to help us clean the park after Hurricane George hit us. After Lou died, Helen’s family saw to it that she still came to visit each winter with her oxygen tank in tow. Each year she would cook a dinner for her lifelong friends. She never missed a year through 2014. Her name is on the sink.
Larry Pringle – February 2015
Larry of Carol and Larry from Warsaw, IN. Located on site E-4 on the canal, Larry was the BPKFL fishing rod doctor, a great friend and wonderful neighbor. And, lest we forget, a really great dancer! Larry passed while they were here last winter, so it is still new and tender for us all. His name is on the sink.
Norma Hanzlovic, 94 – May 2015
From Owosso, MI, Norma was our bridge fishing authority. She won fishing awards without setting foot on a boat. She stayed on site E-85 for several winters by herself. Great lady, with a great sense of humor, and an all-around great neighbor. Her name is on the sink.
Wyatt Watson – May 2015
Wyatt of Rita and Wyatt from Kalamazoo, MI and site E-62. Wyatt was our first properly elected Mayor. He truly was a great Mayor, performing his duties with professionalism. His platform was “free beer tomorrow.” That made him a shoo-in to win! At one of our BPKFL “elite dressy” events, Mayor Wyatt signed all of the ladies bras while they were still on! Like Mayor Barney said, it is a position with “prestigious benefits.”
Any correspondence that you would like to send to the above families can be sent to us and we will forward them on.