A man with a great heart

The Beacon (Gander) - - Editorial -

The fol­low­ing is a true story about an ex­pe­ri­ence that hap­pened to my fam­ily on July 7 when we were in New­found­land.

It was too late to de­tour when two of my car’s right tires were bro­ken by a pot­hole on High­way 91 en route to Cape St. Mary’s eco­log­i­cal re­serve in New­found­land. Tears broke out from my daugh­ter Sa­man­tha’s eyes when she re­al­ized that we were stranded on the road. She des­per­ately waved to a car passing by till it stopped. The driver, Gor­don Collins, was a man around 60 years old who lives in Mount Pearl. He re­al­ized what hap­pened and told me the name of a car ser­vice shop 10 min­utes down the road. As I had no tele­phone num­ber for the ser­vice sta­tion, he vol­un­tar­ily drove back there and gave me the phone num­ber of an­other car re­pair­man the store sug­gested. How­ever, when I called and re­al­ized it was not pos­si­ble for the car re­pair­man to come, Gor­don said, “I won’t leave you stranded on the road.”

He then helped me to change a spare tire to the back and spoke with an­other man passing by who vol­un­tar­ily re­placed my bro­ken front tire with a used one, which even­tu­ally made it pos­si­ble to drive back to St. John’s.

Gor­don re­fused any cash I of­fered him for the big help. We were deeply touched by the very friendly New­found­land peo­ple. “We’ve seen many beau­ti­ful things on this is­land: the whales, the birds, and the ice­berg,” I told Sa­man­tha, “but what is the most beau­ti­ful is not the ice­berg, it is the great heart of peo­ple here!”

John Huang Hal­i­fax

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