Tennis legend Christie honored by Causeway

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — In a small community, there are often people who are known for what they do. Around Mount Desert Island, Robert “Bob” Christie is known as a tennis legend.

He served as the manager and head pro at the Causeway Club in Southwest Harbor for 28 years. Christie also was the Mount Desert Island High School varsity boys’ and girls’ tennis coach until 2008.

Christie, who also managed the pool facilities during his tenure, will be honored this Saturday, Aug. 1, for his work at the Causeway Club. The ceremony begins at 4:15 p.m. at the club tennis courts and will continue with a celebration at the Red Barn at 5 p.m.

“For Bob, the club was so much more than recreation and sport. It was about family and friendship. It was about people and relationships,” said Jim Murray, chair of the Causeway Club’s tennis committee. “His vision and leadership, married with an always positive caring attitude, built the pool and tennis programs into what they are today.”

Christie made his work at the club into a family affair, with all three daughters, Emily, Caitlin and Julia, working for him at some point. All three women will attend Saturday’s festivities. The club will erect a plaque on the courts, as well as present the family with a lifetime all-facility membership. They also will present him with a ceramic blueberry platter, traditionally awarded each season to the club champions. Murray said it was a fitting farewell gift, as Christie began the tradition.

“He meant a lot to all the members of the club,” said Murray. “He made our lives richer and much more fun.”

Call Jim Murray at 244-5869.

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