Lab West Pioneers
Wayne Barron has been in Wabush for a long time. His father arrived in Wabush in 1959 and his mother arrived in August of 1963. The Barron family came from Norris Arm South to make Wabush their home with Wayne at 10 years old.
The family grew into a large group with 11 children making up the family. Wayne’s father was the first president of Local 6285 at Wabush Mines.
After Wayne’s arrival with his mother at age 10, Wayne found himself with his first job at age 11 selling the “Evening Telegram” newspaper to the workers from the steps of the Wabush Mines cafeteria.
Wayne began his adult working career as an apprentice heavy equipment mechanic and worked his way through all of the training and hands on experience over his entire working career as a heavy duty mechanic for Wabush Mines.
He lived and worked through to his retirement at Wabush Mines for 38 plus years. He worked through the good times of stability in the mining business and also through the tougher times of instability and the strikes that occurred over these many years.
All these years were spent in Wabush with his wife Linda at his side as they raised and educated their two children who are now grown and residents of Labrador West.
Wayne punched his time plus some more with Wabush Mines and began a well-deserved retirement in 2013. Time to stop one would think. Not quite.
Wayne has found his way to the local Labrador West golf course where he spends a good portion of his time in the summer working there contributing to the day to day operations at the course in a very positive way.
Wayne has always had the desire and extended many efforts in his knowledge and skills to many other folks, family, friends and neighbours alike. His toolbox is seldom far from his reach and he, as many have seen, has time for other folks jobs ahead of his own.
Wayne has always had a passion for fishing and hunting and has for all of his years as a Labrador West resident, spent any available time in the country after what ever the season at hand could provide.
Many fishing trips and many caribou hunts over the years have been an important part of Wayne’s life. Some great cook ups to celebrate the bounty of the trip as well as even greater stories to remember them by, leaves everyone within the circle some great memories.
Wayne has his cabin not far from town and he shares “this place” with those closest to him, as often as possible. His place, a place that matters, that he unselfishly shares with the folks that matter in his family’s life. Who among us could ask for anything more.
Wayne, Linda and their family have always been there, with, and for their community, a true representation of our Labrador West pioneers.