An emotional parade for Percey family
Float rides in Brigus three years after builder’s death
It was a welcome sight for Bruce Percey to see a float built by his late brother David front-and-centre at the Santa Claus parade in Brigus.
The wooden toy shop was the first float to appear in the Dec. 13 parade, following a fire truck from the local brigade David Percey once served.
Bruce is grateful that a fellow Brigus resident encouraged him to let the float join the parade.
“I’m some happy he pushed me to do it,” Bruce told The Compass. “It really brightened up the holidays for us.”
David Percey died of a suspected heart attack on Nov. 26, 2011. He was 50.
According to Sherrie Menchions Percey, Bruce’s wife, David loved the Christmas season and built a float every year for the Brigus parade. The gingerbread float that took part in this year’s parade is the same one David worked on prior to his death.
“We never had the heart to get it out,” she said.
Jamie England was in David’s old garage a couple of months ago with Bruce Percey and noticed the float.
“I said, ‘It’s time to get that on the go,’” England told The Compass. “I thought it would be nice to get the spirit back going.”
To England, David Percey was one of the nicest people you could come across in Brigus and a person with a big heart.
Bruce Percey was surprised to later find England and Matt Hepditch at his doorstep the morning of the parade.
“I said, ‘You could have given me some notice,’” recalled Percey. “Anyway, he wouldn’t take no for an answer, and I’m glad he pushed me.”
The float itself was in relatively good shape. England said a few items were screwed on to it prior to Saturday’s parade, including some little gingerbread men. He towed the parade with his ATV. England’s son Logan joined him for the ride.
The float’s appearance was well received, according to England.
“Everyone was just amazed,” he said. “Everybody loved it, not just the family. A lot of people that knew David enjoyed seeing it.”
Menchions Percey was among those who were touched by the float’s appearance in the parade.
“Oh my god, it was unreal,” she said. “All you wanted to do was cry. It was such a sweet moment.”