An emo­tional pa­rade for Percey fam­ily

Float rides in Bri­gus three years after builder’s death

The Compass - - OPINION - BYANDREWROBINSON — With files from Melissa Jenk­ins ed­i­tor@CB­N­com­pass.ca

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.”

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