Lab West Pioneers

Wayne Bar­ron.

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - Front Page - BY GARY SHAW

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.


Wayne Bar­ron

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