SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Downeast Maine tennis legend Robert “Bob” Christie was honored for his work at the Causeway Club in Southwest Harbor on Saturday, Aug. 1.
More than 100 guests attended the ceremony held at the club tennis courts, which continued with a celebration at the Red Barn.
Christie, who served as the manager and head pro for the past 28 years, was presented with a plaque by the club’s chair of the tennis committee, Jim Murray.
“His vision and leadership, married with an always positive, caring attitude, built the pool and tennis programs into what they are today,” Murray said in a previous interview. “He meant a lot to all the members of the club. He made our lives richer and much more fun.”
The plaque, engraved with his name and the words “Family, fun and friendship,” symbolized the relationships he has forged through his work at the club.
“It marks my experience of being here for so long and the connections I have formed with families year after year,” said Christie, who along with his family, also was presented with a lifetime all-facility membership at the club.
Christie was the Mount Desert Island High School varsity boys’ and girls’ tennis coach until 2008. Among the guests were two of his former players, Noah Bracken and Abe Noyes.
The duo presented him with a ceramic blueberry platter, traditionally awarded each season to the club champions.
“I wasn’t just a tennis instructor to them,” added Christie. “They were just 7-years-old when I started coaching them. Now they’re college graduates.”
Christie noted that his motto on the tennis court always has been “to focus on going forward,” which he now hopes to follow himself.
“For me, it’s all about connecting with people,” he said. “Here on out, I hope to keep the same connections.”