Recognizing town fathers
Bay Roberts renaming roads in honour of former mayors
Dawe is a longtime businessman in the town, managing Dawe’s Nail and Hardware for six years after entering the family business in 1941. After his retirement from politics, Dawe became the operating manager for Atlantic Coal, Oil and Salt on the Coley’s Point side of Bay Robert’s Harbour. It is a business that is still operating today.
As Wood put it, Mercer has “served both town and country” during his 92 years.
He enlisted in the Royal Navy in February of 1940, a year after Canada entered the Second World War.
After the war, Mercer opened an auto repair garage next to his home on the corner of the Conception Bay Highway and Coley’s Point North Road. He operated the business until his retirement. Mercer was a leader in both the Royal Cana- dian Legion and the Bay Roberts Lions Club, and also entered municipal politics in the 1970s, serving as mayor from 1973 to ‘81.
“Both men were humble when we contacted them,” said Wood. “They said they never asked for it.”
Renaming streets is about recognition and remembering where Bay Roberts comes from, stated Wood.
“It’s about remembering that we just didn’t appear,” he said.
Wood said he would like the trend of honouring prominent citizens to continue.
“It’s the right thing (to do),” he said. “It shows the town has a history of people who loved it and put their heart and soul into the town.”
The town is looking at sometime in September to officially rename the roads.
Coley’s Point North Road will be renamed after George Mercer this fall.
Former mayor Eric Dawe will have Track Road named after him in September.