Bay Roberts honours former mayors
The Town of Bay Roberts and Port de Grave MHA Glenn Littlejohn honoured two of the town’s past municipal leaders with the Queen’s Jubilee medal Aug. 21 at the council chambers in Bay Roberts.
The medals are given out to people who have showed exemplary service to the community and help commemorate the 60 years Queen Elizabeth II has spent on the throne.
Former mayors Wilbur Sparkes and Eric Dawe were chosen to receive medals based on their contributions to the development of Bay Roberts.
Dawe, a member of the town’s first council and former mayor, was chosen as Bay Roberts’ selection to receive the medal.
Dawe was instrumental in the amalgamation of Bay Roberts and its outlying communities in 1951.
He went on to serve 16 years on council, eight of those as mayor.
Looking back on my political career, on the provincial side and on the municipal side, this is the greatest award I’ve ever received.
— Eric Dawe
“He is still very active in the community and a worthy candidate for the award,” said Wod.
Sparkes was Littlejohn’s nomination for the award.
Sparkes was the longest serving mayor in Bay Roberts’ history. He served 24 years as mayor before stepping down in 2005. Prior to that, he served on the town council for Bay Roberts East, prior to its amalgamation with Bay Roberts.
Both former mayors received standing ovations when receiving their medals.
“Everyone sitting here tonight knows the contributions that mayor Sparkes has made to the community of Bay Roberts. Not only the community of Bay Roberts, but also Conception Bay North in general,” said Littlejohn, on his nomination of Sparkes.
Mayor Philip Wood presented the medal to Dawe.
“Looking back on my political career, on the provincial side and on the municipal side, this is the greatest award I’ve ever received,” said Dawe. “Thank you for this honour which I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.”
Sparkes said thinking of the medal brings back memories of past councils.
“They did what they had to do and did what they were capable of doing to make this town what it is today,” he said. “I get the medal, but all of those people who worked on the town through the years should be recognized with this medal too.”
The move to recognize Dawe continues the trend in Bay Roberts of recognizing and town leaders.
“Both are very worthy recipients and represent what the medal stands for,” said Wood.
Former Bay Roberts mayors Wilbur Sparkes (second from left) and Eric Dawe (second from right) were presented with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal in recognition for their contributions to the community. The ceremony took place at the council chambers Aug. 21 in Bay Roberts and featured Mayor Philip Wood (left) and Port de Grave MHA Glenn Littlejohn.