Saying goodbye to Junior
Well-known Small Point businessman dies suddenly of heart attack
A Small Point man known for his dedication to his business and his friendly, caring ways was laid to rest Dec. 4 after he passed away suddenly of a heart attack.
Wm. Junior Loveys was the the owner of J & L Convenience in Small Point, a popular destination for local residents and those travelling the north shore of Conception Bay.
He died in his store on Nov. 30. He was 61 years-of-age.
Several hundred people crowded into the Ocean View United Church in Broad Cove for the funeral. The large crowd was indicative of Loveys’ popular appeal, say those closest to him.
“He was an exceptional man,” Jean Loveys, his wife of 39 years, told The Compass.
Loveys was to mark 25 years in business later this month, an accomplishment that many credit to his untiring commitment to the store and his strong business sense.
Described as a workaholic, Loveys could be found at the store from early in the morning until late in the evening. He always put his customers first, said Jean.
It’s been said that he gave away more candy than he sold, and would always do his best to help a customer.
“He was very thoughtful,” Jean explained. “It was all about the people.”
It wasn’t uncommon for Loveys, whose family home is across the street from the business, to open the store late in the night for someone needing gasoline or extra refreshments for a party.
“Junior spoiled everybody on the north shore,” said longtime friend Brenda Flight. “Everybody just expected him to be open, and he was. He was a kind-hearted gentleman.”
It was an approach that worked, and J & L Convenience was very successful, despite the challenges that often come with running a small retail
Big Ceebees’ fan
Loveys generously supported local groups and organizations, enjoyed chatting and joking around, and was a devoted fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Conception Bay North Ceebee Stars. He constantly listened to music, especially Johnny Cash.
He also beamed with pride each time he got behind the wheel of his Ford Mustang GT convertible sports car. After many years of dreaming about owning a silver Mustang, Loveys finally took the plunge in the summer of 2010.
But his pride and joy was his granddaughter, three- year- old Delaney Dinn. Loveys began enjoying more family time after she was born, said Junior’s daughter and Delaney’s mom, Lorie Dinn.
“He was the best dad ever,” said Lorie, who is a nurse practitioner and lives in Paradise. She credits her success in life to her father’s encouragement and inspiration.
“If I was going in the wrong direction, he very kindly pushed me in the right one,” Lorie stated.
Business will continue
Loveys suffered a heart attack at age 35, and had an artificial pacemaker implanted in his chest to regulate his heartbeat. Doctors told him at the time that he should give up work, but Loveys would not hear tell of it.
“He said, ‘If I can work, I’m going to work. I’m not going to sit around the house. I’ll be dead in six months,’” Jean recalled.
She added that Junior would often joke that he would die in the store, and that’s exactly what happened.
There was a sign on the business last week, advising customers that J & L would be closed until further notice. After some reflection, Jean plans to carry on the business in her husband’s honour.
“I have to continue for him,” said Jean.