Pippa Rea

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A Beach Girl Forever

on December 16, 2015

Pippa loved the beach. I have so many photos and videos of her in the water, on the sand, in the dunes…jumping, running, playing, cartwheeling, catching waves…even performing dances.

I remember taking her on a special trip to Torquay to buy her first pair of bikinis.  Proper grown up bathers.

When planning Pippa’s memorial service I knew that I would never want to go and visit a plaque or a headstone in a cemetery.  In Pippa’s words that would be seriously boring!  I knew I wanted something to reflect her love of the beach and I knew that in time it would come to me.

In a perfect tribute to Pippa a series of events fell into place.  Pippa had spent many summers on the picturesque East Beach at Port Fairy doing nippers.  It was only fitting that this would be the place we chose to place a memorial seat.

Now on East Beach foreshore, in time for the summer holidays and backdropped by the blue waves and pretty lighthouse on the horizon, sits Pippa’s magnificent bluestone surfboard seat.

There in her memory but for everyone to enjoy.  Precisely how she would want it.

By chance when we went to the beach today some friends were there. Exactly as intended Pippa’s seat created much interest.

We hope that over the summer and forever to come people can enjoy, play on and photograph Pippa’s seat. #pipparea


11 responses to “A Beach Girl Forever

  1. martina says:

    perfect 🙂

  2. Cathy Duynhoven says:

    What a fantastic idea Virginia!!

  3. Lisa Spence says:

    You continue to take my breath away. What an incredible tribute in the perfect location. The photos of Pippa surfing just radiate joy and energy. Tears flowed looking through them. I was about to let you know we received confirmation today that we have secured dates in April to come stay in Warrnambool. Fingers crossed you will be home and we can visit you and Pippas new seat and take a walk through the gardens. Thinking of you all so much – always. Xxx

  4. Emma Mclaren💙 says:

    That is an amazing idea and really reflects Pippa. I miss her so much, we all do and you have inspired a lot of people including me. This is an amazing way to reflect her and remember her. One of the best parts of doing this is that it will be there forever and everyone will see it so everyone will think of her and she will be remembered by all people even the people that didn’t know her and she will go down in history.

  5. The Hintum Family says:

    Absolutely perfect. Well done.

  6. Cathy says:

    What a perfect tribute. Something fun and original in a beautiful place. In a place anyone can visit, remember and reflect.

  7. How perfect for Pippa, I can’t wait to see it. xx

  8. Diane says:

    What a lovely idea for all to enjoy. Thinking of you and the boys this christmas

  9. Anna Wilson says:

    What a year it’s been, in 2015. I’ve experienced so much and been through a lot which is why lately, I’ve been thinking of Pippa. Her smile, her voice, her long hair… I really miss her…

    It’s such a beautiful tribute and is a perfect idea. I’ll have to visit it soon. She truly will be a beach girl forever, and will always be in my heart. Pippa was a beautiful, amazing and inspiring friend. I was lucky enough to have her teach me the true meaning of happiness and living life to the max. I will never forget her.

    ‘I’ll never forget you, you’ll always be by my side. From the day that I met you, I knew that I would love you ’till the day I die. And I will never want much more, and in my heart, I will always be sure.I will never forget you, and you will always be by my side ’till the day I die…’ -ZARA LARSSON

    Merry Christmas Virginia, James, Patrick, Pippa and Nibbles…And RIP Pippa, a beautiful angel.

    Love Anna xo

  10. Joy Mitchell says:

    Absolutely perfect! Some of the aides team are already planning a road trip to go together and sit on Pippa’s seat and have our coffee!! Love to you all at Christmas Virginia, boys and family! You will all be in our thoughts…especially gorgeous Pippa! 💕💕

  11. Fiona Corcoran says:

    My family and I recently returned from a holiday in Port Fairy. My four young children were playing on this monument for Pippa. My oldest girl (9) read the inscription to the others and ever since they have been intrigued by her story and regularly bring her name up in conversations. In trying to find some answers to their many questions I uncovered your blog. It is both heartbreaking and inspiring. Pippa has touched our lives and I am so sorry that she was taken from yours.

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