Joe Fortes Remembered

Posted by Daniel on Jan 31, 2013

Canada Post is commemorating Black History Month (February) by issuing a stamp with the image of Joe Fortes, Vancouver's first official lifeguard who patrolled the English Bay beach for many years. In 1986 the Vancouver Historical Society named him Citizen of the Century. And of course there is a restaurant downtown named for him, and a library.

For a delightful reminiscence of Joe, see this article from the Vancouver Sun, dated August 23, 1952.