New Bench on the Fishing Pier

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St Marys Earthkeepers honor Rolf Rawl of St Marys with new bench on fishing pier

Rolf Rawl loved the Georgia Bulldogs, and he loved St. Marys. When he passed away in 2008, he left a hole in the hearts of the many people who were drawn to his hearty laugh and laissez faire disposition. To honor his memory, the St. Marys EarthKeepers and friends of Rawl have constructed a bench in his memory at the end of the fishing pier at St. Marys’ Waterfront.

“He would have appreciated this,” said Jerry Brandon, a fellow UGA alumnus and close friend of Rawl’s. “I think he would enjoy knowing that people could sit here and watch the sunset or cast a line into the water.”

Cindy Deen, another close friend of Rawl, said, “So many people loved him so much. Rolf is missed every day, and we still share laughs remembering how he so often lit up a room.”

In addition to the St. Marys EarthKeepers efforts, materials were donated by Farmers & Builders, and construction services were donated by Frank Woods of R&W Construction and Sammy Brooks.

“This stuff don’t bother me,” was Rawl’s often refrain when life got hard, even during the final days of his long battle with cancer.

The newly installed pier is located at the end of the fishing pier at the waterfront park and is the perfect spot to sit quietly with your thoughts, witness Coastal Georgia’s stunning sunrises and sunsets, or simply enjoy the natural beauty of the St. Marys Harbor.

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