Spe­cial con­nec­tion

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY DENISE PIKE dpike@cb­n­com­pass.ca

This his­toric Trin­ity Bay town has taken its right­ful place in Canada’s au­gust Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Hall of Fame. But it doesn’t mind shar­ing the dis­tinc­tion with a town in B.C. which was the site of the first transPa­cific tele­graph ca­ble.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple along the Trin­ity South shore bid farewell to well-known New Per­li­can res­i­dent Fran­cis Glynn last Wed­nes­day, Nov. 11.

Fran­cis, 63, passed away sud­denly at his home Satur­day, Nov 7. His fu­neral was held at St. Au­gus­tine’s Angli­can Church in New Per­li­can.

Fran­cis, the old­est of 12 chil­dren, was born June 30, 1946 and raised in Lance-au-Di­ablo, Labrador.

On Au­gust 9, 1968 he mar­ried Mil­dred His­cock of New Per­li­can and from then on re­ferred to the town as his home­town.

Fran­cis was prob­a­bly best known for his in­volve­ment with the Lower Trin­ity South Re­gional De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion (LTSDA) - where he served as pres­i­dent for the past 20 years.

While many other de­vel­op­ment as­so­ci­a­tions, across the prov­ince, dwin­dled and died out, he was in­stru­men­tal in keep­ing the LTSDA alive and ac­tive.

Over the years he went to bat lob­by­ing gov­ern­ment on be­half of nu­mer­ous de­vel­op­ment projects for the area in­clud­ing the ex­pan­sion of the New Per­li­can ma­rina and a sec­tion of the D’Ibervil­lle Costal Her­itage Hik­ing Trail.

His pas­sion and com­mit­ment for ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties and their sur­vival was in­stru­men­tal in mov­ing th­ese projects along.

In a 2004 in­ter­view with The Com­pass, Fran­cis said he “ be­lieved the sur­vival of ru­ral New­found­land and Labrador de­pended on the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the towns and their peo­ple.”

A se­ri­ous is­sue

“I think the fu­ture of our ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties is a se­ri­ous is­sue,” he said. “ If busi­nesses con­tinue to close down and peo­ple keep mov­ing away, ru­ral New­found­land and Labrador will be­come a ghost town. If that hap­pens and we lose ru­ral New­found­land, we lose who we are as a prov­ince, we’ll lose our iden­tity.”

Prior to his pass­ing Fran­cis was also the pres­i­dent of the New­found­land and Labrador Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil, the um­brella group for the Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tions.

“Many voices could make a dif­fer­ence whereas one voice can get lost,” he of­ten said.

He was also an ac­tive mem­ber of the board of direc­tors of the Mariner Re­source Op­por­tu­ni­ties New­work (M-RON).

One of the last pub­lic func­tions Fran­cis at­tended was M-RON’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing held Oct. 28 in Carbonear. Speak­ing at that event, Belle­vue MHA Calvin peach re­marked that Fran­cis has been around so long in the ru­ral de­vel­op­ment move­ment, he should be called “ the fa­ther of ru­ral de­vel­op­ment.”

Fran­cis was also an ac­tive mem­ber of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion, So­ci­ety of United Fish­er­men Lodge #1 in Heart’s Con­tent and pres­i­dent of the New Pel­i­can Lo­cal De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee.

He was also a mem­ber of the town coun­cil and served on a num­ber of church com­mit­tees.

Fran­cis didn’t limit him­self to lob­by­ing on be­half of his own com­mu­nity, but be­lieved in all com­mu­ni­ties, re­gion­ally and provin­cially.

“ He re­ally cared about this prov­ince, par­tic­u­larly ru­ral New­found­land and be­lieved all of us had a re­spon­si­bil­ity to do what we can to make it pros­per,” said one res­i­dent. “ Fran­cis never felt pro­mot­ing the prov­ince and area was a task for some­one else, he took that role on him­self. He loved this area and town and was very proud of all his in­volve­ments, es­pe­cially The Trin­ity South Re­gional De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion. What­ever was ac­com­plished by that as­so­ci­a­tion was mainly due to his determination and com­mit­ment. He is def­i­nitely go­ing to be missed.”

Fran­cis leaves to mourn wife Mil­dred, daugh­ter Leona ( Brad Laun­dry), two grand­chil­dren twin girls Kee­gan and Kiana, 6, of Cham­ber­lains, mother Joan McCarthy, Cor­ner Brook, sis­ters Hilda Dean, Julie ( Michael Dally) Toronto, Max­ine Roy, Green­wood, NS, Leona ( Lawrence Grif­fin) St. Paul’s River Que, Ade­laide (David Smith), Joanne ( Joseph Rus­sell) Cor­ner Brook, Marilyn ( Dwayne Borden) Cor­ner Brook, broth­ers Pa­trick ( Joan), Paul, Spar­wood BC, Leonard ( Laura) Pasadena, Nick (Mar­jorie) Cor­ner Brook, brother-in­law Wade Perry (Amanda) Monc­ton NB, sis­ter-in-law San­dra Bur­rage (Kevin) Heart’s Con­tent, also a large cir­cle of nieces, neph­ews, other rel­a­tives and friends.

FRAN­CIS GLYNN - Fran­cis Glynn, well-known res­i­dent of New Per­li­can, passed away sud­denly Nov. 7. The 63 year-old was prob­a­bly best known for his in­volve­ment in the Lower Trin­ity South Re­gional De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion (LTSRDA).

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