Rec­og­niz­ing town fathers

Bay Roberts re­nam­ing roads in hon­our of for­mer may­ors

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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.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Com­pass file photo

Co­ley’s Point North Road will be re­named af­ter Ge­orge Mercer this fall.

Com­pass file photo

For­mer mayor Eric Dawe will have Track Road named af­ter him in Septem­ber.

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