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.




Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/the Com­pass

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.

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