Parents of former Wrightsville Beach lifeguard donate stand in his memory

Parents of former Wrightsville Beach lifeguard donate stand in his memory

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - If you go out to Wrightsville Beach near the south end, and walk to lifeguard stand number 12, you'll see Grey Liston's name. Grey was a member of the Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue team. His parents donated the stand, to remember a man who lived a life most of us can only dream of.

From the Pacific Northwest to his first home in Coastal North Carolina, Grey followed his passion with a contagious spirit for life.

"He just had some drive in him that he never got complacent about any one place or thing," said Rick Liston, Grey's father.

Before he climbed mountains, Grey climbed a lifeguard stand in Wrightsville Beach, where he worked for four summers the perfect job for a UNCW swimmer.

"He was an individual as the director who I didn't have to worry about," said Dave Baker, director of Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue. "He knew how to be a lifeguard."

July 20, 2013 was Grey's last adventure. At 28-years-old, Grey died in a mountaineering accident in Mount Olympus National Park.

"The people that went up on the mountain after the accident found his go pro and sent it to us and it just showed him having a good time," Liston said.

Grey's name is now on the stand where he once sat. "It's a real tribute," Liston added.

"This is the perfect stand to have the memorial for Grey," Baker said. "This is where we train. This is where Grey trained. This is where the ocean rescue team will train in the future."

A standing memorial that will now protect others allowing them to live their lives to the fullest, just like Grey did.

"This was a guy that didn't waste any time,"Liston stated.

Rick and Gail Liston also started a yearly pier to pier swim in Wrightsville Beach. All the proceeds go to a UNCW endowment in Grey's name.

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