The family of the late legendary commercial fisher Cecil Hyde still find it difficult to walk past the now demolished Hastings River Fisherman's Co-operative site.
They say the decision to close down the operation was - and still is - "a huge kick in the guts".
Daughter Kerrie-Anne Charry says the family practically lived on the water with the Co-op part of their extended family.
"Everyone just misses the interaction that used to happen between the fishers, dad and the Co-op staff and the passing public," she said.
"It was a huge kick in the guts when the Co-op was closed down and eventually demolished.
"Mum (Cecil's wife, Pam) has not been coping well at all.
“The family stretches back five generations as commercial fishermen. We lived and breathed the industry. It's part of our DNA.
"The co-op became very much part of our lives,” she said.
“It was just there as long as I can remember.”
The family, while still grieving Cecil's loss nearly two years after his passing, are determined to appropriately honour the industry leader.
Family friends Kerry Collings and her partner Jeremy Groth have organised a petition calling for the naming of the planned fishing wharf and boardwalk in Cecil Hyde's name.
That petition is on a Facebook page.
Kerrie-Anne says her father was born on the Hastings River at Settlement Point and became part of the fishing culture from an early age.
"He actually held a commercial fishing licence at 14 years of age so he could support his family," she added.
It would be an honour. It would be beautiful.Kerrie-Anne Charry
She says there has been a fair bit of positive feedback already about their desire to have the facility named after him.
"A lot of people you talk too are saying that they could not think of a better person than dad to have their name on the new facility," she said.
"It would be an honour. It would be beautiful.
"I think (naming the wharf and boardwalk) would be a wonderful way to recognise the work carried out by dad and the wider commercial fishing industry."
Cecil Hyde was the longest serving chair of the Hastings River Fishermen's Co-operative Ltd. He was widely acknowledged as one of the true leaders of the commercial fishing industry on the Mid-North Coast.
He passed away in 2017 at the age of 75 years.
Mr Hyde followed his own father, Jimmy, into the role before eventually passing the baton onto his son Paul who took over the reigns for several years.
Paul is a fifth generation commercial fisher.
Cecil Hyde's involvement in commercial fishing was far more widespread with participation at numerous levels including discussions at state department level within fisheries.
Along with Ross Dobson, Mr Hyde also notified Port Macquarie-Hastings Council about the run-off of acid sulphate soil near Blackmans Point.
Mr Hyde's family say they are proud a petition is currently circulating on several social media sites calling for the naming of the new facility in his honour.
"Dad realised the importance of the Co-op facility to the commercial fishing operations on the Mid-North Coast," Kerrie-Anne said.
"He saw the need for people to put their hand up to help, and he did," she said.
The Co-operative was closed in May 2016. The building was eventually demolished.
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