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Wonderful story by Chicago Sun-Times outdoors columnist Dale Bowman on Morton College alum Ron Urick.

Teacher, angler, student: The impact of Ron Urick on fishing and teaching

Teacher, angler, student: The impact of Ron Urick on fishing and teaching

Teacher, angler, student: The impact of Ron Urick on fishing and teaching

Teacher, angler, student: The impact of Ron Urick on fishing and teaching

Teacher, angler, student: The impact of Ron Urick on fishing and teaching

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Wonderful story by Chicago Sun-Times outdoors columnist Dale Bowman on Morton College alum Ron Urick….

Fred Geberdt remembered for love of outdoors

Fred Geberdt in this file photo taken during the 23rd annual Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular fishing derby. (The Sun Times/Postmedia Network)

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    A lover of the outdoors, conservation and teaching, Fred Geberdt died Tuesday of cancer. He was 79.

    Mr. Geberdt survived a few bouts of cancer since kidney cancer was diagnosed 16 years ago. When it came back as a brain tumour it proved too much, his son Chris Geberdt said. He died at his east bayside home, surrounded by his family.

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    A family service is planned but due to COVID-19, a public memorial will take place at the Sydenham Sportsmen’s Association clubhouse sometime next year. Donations to the SSA or its conservation foundation are suggested in lieu of flowers, through the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home.

    Mr. Geberdt was honoured by Owen Sound city council Monday, which named him Senior of the Year. Though aware of the award, he was too sick to attend. Chris accepted it on his behalf.

    Owen Sound Mayor Ian Boddy said Mr. Geberdt was an inspiration to others and that he provided his experience and energy for the betterment of the environment.

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    Mr. Geberdt was synonymous with the Sydenham Sportsmen’s Association, a 73-year-old club for hunting, fishing and outdoors activities, including the Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular fishing derby.

    That giant event, which he co-chaired for more than 30 years, draws thousands of people annually to the shores of Georgian Bay.

    He was president of the Sydenham Conservation Foundation for 25 years, sat on the board of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and served as its fisheries committee chair. He ran Pitch In, later Earth Day clean-up events for 10 years and co-chaired the OFAH conservation dinner with Chris for 26 years.

    Mr. Geberdt was a vocal advocate for the conservation authority to purchase what today is Hibou Conservation Area.

    “I think if you were to ask me what his legacy would be, it would be the fish hatchery,” Chris said. His dad started it with John Ford, who got him involved with the SSA back when both were elementary school teachers in the ‘70s. They volunteered to work in the hatchery every Sunday morning for more than 35 years.

    The Salmon Spectacular derby was established in 1987, a direct result of the productivity of that salmon and rainbow trout hatchery, Chris said.

    “There were so many salmon going up the river and dying, people started complaining about the smell and the aesthetics of it,” he said. Club members, including his dad, saw they had to harvest what they’d sewn. “And that was the creation of the fishing derby.”

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    Many will know Mr. Geberdt as their science teacher from Grade 7 and 8 at Strathcona Senior Public School in Owen Sound, and other local schools where he taught science electives, for 35 years.

    He taught all five of his own children too. Chris called it “the best time of my life.” His father retired from teaching in 1997 and Strathcona closed in 2008. “My dad loved teaching.”

    A winter survival or bushcraft elective course was a favourite of Mr. Geberdt’s. Once a week for six weeks he and Ford would oversee shelter-building in The Glen conservation management area and some students were allowed to sleep in their shelters outside overnight at the end, Ford recalled.

    Mr. Geberdt even got a bus driver’s licence to be sure he got the kids back by the end of the school day.

    With his passing, Ford lost his fishing and hunting partner whom he’d known since 1973. He thinks his friend’s interest in science, particularly the fauna he’d encounter in the outdoors, fuelled his passion.

    He’ll remember his friend for his love of turkey hunting and his belief they had to arrive at the hunting area practically in the middle of the night. Most years they hunted every dry weekday, though not this year.

    “On the conservation side, he really liked teaching kids about nature. And about the things you do and the things you don’t.”

    Mr. Geberdt was born in Kitchener but raised in Hanover by his mother, Martha, a church organist who played in churches in the area, while Mr. Geberdt sang in the choir. He didn’t know his father.

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    Mr. Geberdt would meet his wife, Donna, in Walkerton and he would become the “nucleus” of his own family. “That’s why I think, for my family, my dad was always there,” Chris said. Not having a father of his own “made him such a great father that he was for us.”

    He took the family trap shooting near Toronto, and both he and Chris won top Ontario shooting awards in that sport. When he went fishing or was doing conservation work, his family participated too.

    “He lived for hunting and fishing. He lived for conservation. And he loved the Sportsmen’s club and the Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular,” Chris said. “His legacy is, without a doubt, teaching, learning about outdoors and conservation, and he loved his family.”

    He is survived by his wife Donna and their children Chris (SuAnn), Kelly (Sheldon Byers), Kim (Brian Farquharson), Carrie (Dan Noade), Craig (Karen Dorion) and their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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  • A lover of the outdoors, conservation and teaching, Fred Geberdt died Tuesday of cancer. He was 79.