Warm send off

Re­tire­ment din­ner com­mem­o­rates 27 years of ser­vice from 1990 to 2017.

The Beacon (Gander) - - Front page - BY CLARENCE NGOH THE BEA­CON clarence.ngoh@gan­der­bea­con.ca

Re­tire­ment din­ner com­mem­o­rates 27 years of ser­vice for for­mer mayor Claude El­liott

For­mer Mayor Claude El­liott served Gan­der town coun­cil for 27 years.

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion pro­vided in a hand­out at his re­tire­ment din­ner, he was first elected to Gan­der town coun­cil in a 1990-by­elec­tion and has served in a mu­nic­i­pal of­fice since that time. He was elected deputy mayor in 1993 and ac­cepted the mayor’s seat in 1996, when his pre­de­ces­sor was elected as Mem­ber of the House of As­sem­bly for Gan­der District in the pro­vin­cial Leg­is­la­ture. El­liott was re­turned as mayor in the 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2013 mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions.

Claude El­liott’s daugh­ter, Tina Simp­son-Rosa: “Tonight, I only spoke of three qual­i­ties my dad has I be­lieve clearly high­lights who he is as a per­son. I am thank­ful of these three life events that were thrown at my dad, be­cause I truly be­lieve they were placed in front of him for a rea­son.

“Had he not con­tracted po­lio, he might not have be­come the fighter and be­liever in all things are pos­si­ble per­son he is. Had he de­cided not to run for stu­dent coun­cil, he might not have de­cided to run for town coun­cil, and even­tu­ally for mayor. And let’s not for­get run­ning the school can­teen, I can­not imag­ine him not lov­ing food.

“Lastly, had he not adopted me, he may not have un­der­stood what it feels like to truly give and he may never have the abil­ity to be as com­pas­sion­ate as he is to­day.

“I’m pretty con­fi­dent your feet will con­tinue to travel, you’ll con­tinue to make peo­ple laugh, you’ll con­tinue to en­joy food, and you’ll find a way to con­tinue to give.”

Mayor Percy Far­well gives Geri El­liott, wife of for­mer Mayor Claude El­liott, a gift of flow­ers.

For­mer mayor Claude El­liott: “I look back at the pic­tures over the years, and it is amaz­ing that some of the kids I pre­sented ath­letes of the month to – now I meet their kids in Kinder­garten. And I re­al­ized that, and it is time to go.”

Den­nis Simms, for­mer town coun­cil­lor, Ap­ple­ton: “Ev­ery time for 25 years, we asked the mayor of Gan­der to come to (Ap­ple­ton’s win­ter fes­ti­val) to bring greet­ings from the Town of Gan­der, some­thing that he did not need to do, but he did to rep­re­sent his town.

“But I’m sure he came just for the moose burg­ers.

“He is a great per­son. He has com­pas­sion and pas­sion for what he does. He is a win­ner for mu­nic­i­pal pol­i­tics ev­ery way around.”

For­mer mayor Claude El­liott: “Mark Critch from ‘This Hour Has 22 Min­utes’ said to me, ‘What was it like to walk the red car­pet in New York? Did you think you would be in New York, on Broad­way?’ I said, ‘Mark, I grew up in Twill­ingate in a boat. As a mat­ter of fact, I never thought I would get to the Arts and Cul­ture Cen­tre in St. John’s.’ “But yes, from a per­sonal point of view, it was an hon­our to walk that red car­pet. But I walked that red car­pet to rep­re­sent 13,000 peo­ple in Gan­der and an­other 4 to 5,000 for ev­ery other com­mu­nity that helped dur­ing 9/11, and not just the Town of Gan­der, and for that I was proud to walk on their be­half.”

Mayor Percy Far­well, on be­half of the coun­cil, pre­sented Claude El­liott with the gavel he used as mayor of Gan­der. Far­well quipped, “This to ac­knowl­edge and re­mem­ber your time as mayor. This is the gavel that the mayor used in the Town of Gan­der for 21 years. I’m re­ally ex­cited about this be­cause it means I get a new gavel.”

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