Ernie Mug­ford re­ceives Queen’s Ju­bilee medal

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A Clarke’s Beach busi­ness­man and lo­cal char­ity sup­porter has been pre­sented with a Queen’s Ju­bilee Medal for his ser­vice to both his community and his coun­try.

Ernie Mug­ford, owner of Moun­tain­View RV Park, says he was hon­oured to be nom­i­nated for the pres­ti­gious award, which was pre­sented to him by Avalon MP Scott An­drews. The cer­e­mony was held at the Don Roach Lions Community Cen­tre in Bay Roberts on Sept. 8 dur­ing a sea­son-end­ing din­ner at­tended by more than 200 of his sea­sonal campers, fam­ily mem­bers, friends and lo­cal civic of­fi­cials.

Mug­ford’s con­tri­bu­tions have spanned a pe­riod of 47 years when he first joined Branch 32 of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion in Bay Roberts. He has re­mained a mem­ber ever since and for the past 10 years has served as mem­ber­ship chair and helped to bring the branch mem­ber­ship to 180.

But his con­tri­bu­tions haven’t stopped there. He has served as a mi­nor hockey coach for the past 20 years, throughout Canada and Europe. He led two of those teams to New­found­land cham­pi­onships. He coached a Cana­dian girls’ ringette team in a tour­na­ment held in Switzer­land and in­tro­duced that sport to Switzer­land and Aus­tria.

He served 37.5 years in the Cana- dian Forces and re­tired with the rank of sergeant in the Princess Patricia’s Cana­dian Light In­fantry. His mil­i­tary medals and award in­clude CD 2nd clasp, Queen’s Ju­bilee Medal UN Peace­keeper, UN Cyprus Peace­keeper and SSM with NATO bar.

In his post-mil­i­tary years, he has con­tin­ued to fight, of­ten over­com­ing great ad­ver­sity, to cre­ate his suc­cess­ful tourism-re­lated busi­ness in his home­town. This busi­ness con­trib­utes sub­stan­tially to the lo­cal school lunch pro­gram and to the Clarke’s Beach youth pro­gram.

Sub­mit­ted by Mike Flynn

Sub­mit­ted photo

Ernie Mug­ford (left) is seen re­ceiv­ing a Queen’s Ju­bilee Medal from Avalon MP Scott An­drews.

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