On July 14, 2012 residents gathered in memory of our friend and neighbor Greg Jacques. The dedication to Greg follows:
If you walked up to most any resident of Bridle Gate and asked them, “Who would you call if you had a question for the Homeowner’s Association,” We guarantee you almost all of them would say Greg Jacques. Greg cared about Bridle Gate and the people who live here and he wanted to be sure our neighborhood was a great place to live. That was evident by his actions and his commitment.
We did some research and when Turner Heritage turned the neighborhood over to the residents in 2002 Greg was on the residents first Board of Directors. In fact he was on every Board of Directors for 7 out of the 11 years since the resident’s association began. At one time or another he volunteered in every position on the board, most recently as our Secretary/Treasurer.
Volunteered. That means no pay. That means not a lot of thanks. That means hearing from folks when they want to complain. In Greg’s case though it also always meant he was generally the first one with his hand up to say, “Don’t worry I will take care of that.” And he did.
It is rather ironic that the Pavilion which we are gathered at today was another project Greg took care of. He picked it out, ordered it and paid for it. Of course I think it was the Mexican soccer team that installed it. That swing over there makes me think of Greg and the many times he replaced it.
Saying that, though, I can’t think of Greg without thinking of his wife Deb who was there at his side, equally committed to Bridle Gate. I remember a cold winter morning, the wind was blowing and Greg and Deb were one of very few hearty souls who showed up to walk all of our streets and pick up trash for Keep Wakulla Beautiful.
We are not going to forget Greg, far from it. That is why it is so important that in some lasting way we honor his memory with some permanence. And it is perhaps even more fitting that the Greg Jacques Pavilion will be a place for fun, for parties, and for families and friends to gather. We will be smiling when we remember Greg.