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).