The Balmoral Beach Club lost former President and Life Member Robert Johnson in the early hours of Monday morning.
The popular local died suddenly at the age of just 67.
Current President Duncan Adams informed BBC members of the sad news yesterday.
Rob joined the Beach Club in September 1997 and from the first day was an energetic participant in all aspects of the club, becoming a Board Member from 2003 to 2006 and again between 2010 and 2017.
He was honoured with a life membership in 2018.
“During Rob’s tenure on the Board, he championed many valuable initiatives and provided outstanding leadership,” current President Duncan Adams said.
“In 2013/14 Rob was closely involved in the planning of the Centenary celebrations, including the production and publication of the Club’s Centenary Book.
“During the same year, he championed the proposal to use lifeguard services for all races at the Club.”
Mr Adams said Rob was a driving force behind the Balmoral Nippers Program, the Swim for Cancer and the Eric Mather Melanoma Swim.