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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

A Sign for "Sign Guy"

Southampton | by Megan Johnson  

Ralph Dymer of Southampton passed away in June; he was known for displaying a new sign each day

Photo from Out and about in Southampton 

A permanent sign in memory of Ralph Dymer infamously known as the " Sign Guy" now graces his bench in Southampton.

Dymer, who passed away in June, was known to sit on the bench outside of his home just before the bridge heading out of Southampton with a sign to fit the mood of the day.

Larry Leonard of Southampton who runs the Out and about in Southampton Facebook page was friends with Dymer and broke the news of his passing. He says the page which has 5,000 followers generated over 65,000 views and hundreds of comments on the sad announcement. 

Many commentators thought it would be serendipitous for a plaque to be placed on the bench in honour or Dymer. 

Leonard called Southampton Ward councillor Cheryl Grace and she floated the idea to the Town of Saugeen Shores and they were quick to provide a plaque in memory of Ralph Dymer and stained the bench ahead of the unveiling ceremony which took place on Sunday August 11. 

Grace spoke at the ceremony and remembered Dymer as someone who put pen to paper in many forms.

"He would, every six months or so send me a letter, sometimes five or six pages handwritten or call me at home just to give me some thoughts on things he thought."

She added, "He was very complimentary too, about certain aspects about what the town was doing he, didn't just gripe," she says jokingly.

Grace says during the Sunday ceremony she heard stories about how generous Dymer was, often donating thousands of dollars to G.C. Huston for students to go on school trips, etc. 

"He was not just a colourful guy, but also very good citizen." 

Leonard says Dymer could be a quite a character, and was a real shame when he passed.

"One of my favourite signs was 'Mating Season' and his phone number or "Porn Star" and his phone number, they were pretty humorous," says Leonard.

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