Donated by their daughters Vera , Jeanne and Meriel ( Meds)
After my mother passed away my sisters and I decided to dedicate a bench to our parents on the Cat Walk.
We approached Mr Ross (Fish Hoek Municipality) for permission and he asked us to please come up with a new type of bench, as the concrete ones required constant painting and many people objected to the colours used.
The wooden/concrete benches also were problematic as the concrete cracked and could not be repaired. The wooden slats and plaques often broke, came loose or were stolen.
We therefore came up with the idea of using the natural stone in the area and a granite plaque to construct a zero maintenance bench.
Obtaining permission and finding the right time to build took some time, but the actual construction of the bench only took 3 days – one day to cut stone off site and two days for construction, ensuring minimal inconvenience to the public and no pollution of the environment.
Mr Ross for granting permission to construct the bench.
Mike Schilperoort for designing and drawing the plans for the bench.
Daniel and Rayno for providing the rock and allowing us to cut the stone on their building site and
Johannes the stonemason and his team for constructing the bench.
All the passers-by who complimented and encouraged us during construction.
Family history in Fish Hoek
Eric and his brothers Noel and Oscar Chunnett grew up in Fish Hoek in the early 1930’s .
Eric’s parents, Ivo and Alice, moved back to their beloved Fish Hoek in 1947 where they lived until they passed away (Ivo in 1956 and Alice in 1973).
Jeanette’s parents, Stan and Nancy Dunn, also loved Fish Hoek and retired there in the late 60’s. Stan passed away in 1972 and Nancy in 1976.
Eric and Jeanette spent most of their working years in Pretoria but always had a love for Fish Hoek. As children we spent many happy Christmas holidays visiting our grandparents in Fish Hoek.
Eric and Jeanette retired to Keniworth in 1977 and finally moved to Fish Hoek in 1995.
They were dedicated and active members of the Fish Hoek Methodist Church and spent many hours on their beloved Fish Hoek beach.
Meriel ( Meds ), husband Doug and children Jevon, Kelly and Caitlin Martin have lived in Fish Hoek for the past 15 years.
The children attended the Fish Hoek Primary, Middle and High Schools and are all members of the Fish Hoek Lifesaving Club.
Vera has lived in Cape Town since 1971 and resides around the corner in Glencairn Heights.
Jeanne, currently living in Paris, plans to move to Fish Hoek once she returns in a few years’ time
We think it would be great if more benches were to be built like this in the future.