A fitting tribute to Dan
Bay de Verde Harbour Authority dedicates new pier to native son
After being awestruck by the natural and rugged beauty of the landscape and the ocean, a firsttime visitor to the Town of Bay de Verde can’t help but notice the modern and elaborate port facilities in this snug, busy harbour.
There are two breakwaters, a series of floating docks, a government wharf and a pier along the north side of the harbour.
It’s all in tip-top shape, and most of it was built within the last decade.
Talk to just about anyone connected with the fishery in the community — and that’s just about everyone — and they’ll likely mention one name when asked who was the driving force behind all this harbour infrastructure. That name is Dan Blundon. Blundon was the regional engineer for Small Craft Harbours, a division of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
It was his job to ensure port facilities in the province were safe and up to standard for the demands of the fishery and other marine activities.
They say no one did it better than Blundon.
“He was a level-headed fellow who was easy to talk to and got things done. There was no fooling around. ‘If you’re going to build a wharf, build a wharf.’ That’s the kind of person he was,” says Karl Coish, chairman of the Bay de Verde Harbour Authority board of directors.
Blundon is originally from Bay de Verde, and likely had a soft spot for his hometown.
Over a 10-year period beginning in 1997, roughly $10 million was invested into the port by Small Craft Harbours.
By all accounts, it was money well spent.
Bay de Verde is one of the busiest fishing ports in the province, and has routinely been at the top of the pack in terms of yearly landings.
Several years ago, some 25 million pounds of raw material was landed in Bay de Verde, creating much-needed employment for the hundreds of people who work seasonally at the expansive fish processing plant.
But just over two years ago, Blundon died suddenly, leaving behind five children and a wife. He was 59.
His death came as a shock to many, especially those involved with harbour authorities throughout the province.
“He was very highly respected,” adds Coish.
“ You go to conventions and you talk to people from other harbour authorities and the first one they speak about is Dan,” notes Dave Martin, harbour supervisor in Bay de Verde.
The Bay de Verde Harbour Authority felt it was important to honour Blundon’s contributions to the town, and preserve his legacy.
It has done so by naming a pier in his honour. Earlier this summer, the harbour authority held a ceremony to officially dedicate “Dan Blundon’s Pier,” which is located in an area once known as Blundon’s Point.
A plaque was unveiled by Blundon’s mother, Olga, which reads: “ With great appreciation to Dan Blundon for his dedication and contribution to the development of Bay de Verde Harbour.”
The plaque is mounted in the cliff, and is accessible by using a new wheelchair accessible lookout platform that was built recently by the authority.
“ Words can’t express what Danny Blundon did for this place,” Coish states.
— Karl Coish,chairman, Bay de Verde
Harbour Authority This is a view of “Dan Blundon’s Pier” in Bay de Verde. A dedication plaque in memory of Dan Blundon has been mounted in the cliff, and is accessible by a new lookout platform built this summer.