Fiona Beale 1933-2010

Fiona Beale arrived in Port Navas in 1965 on her beloved yacht Devon Maid.  She lived aboard while work was completed on the former garage, bought from Sally Thomas’s father, which was to be her home for the next 45 years.

Fiona became well known around the village and the river as an active oarswoman and sailor, and as an accomplished artist and woodcarver. She was an enthusiastic contributor to many local organisations, particularly the Port Navas Regatta and the Helford River Marine Conservation Group. In recent years she managed to turn the little village hall in Port Navas into an exhibition venue of choice for local artists.

On the evening of April 30th many of Fiona’s friends were with her at the launch of the Tom Cross Archive at University College Falmouth. It was great party and Fiona was in fine form.  She died suddenly at home that night. Port Navas will not be quite the same without her.