Former Bay Roberts mayor Eric Dawe dead at 94
A former mayor of Bay Roberts who also represented the district of Port de Grave in the House of Assembly has died.
Eric Dawe was a member of the town’s first council in 1951 and went on to serve as the mayor for eight years. From 1962-1972, he was the MHA for Port de Grave district as a Liberal, serving as the minister of municipal affairs under Premier Joey Smallwood.
Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood called Dawe a “visionary” when contacted by The Compass late last week.
“It is a loss for the community,” the mayor said. “He saw the benefits of a council back in 1951 before a lot of other communities in the region. Eric put his heart and soul into his community. “He had a love for the area.” Outside of politics, Dawe was the owner of Avalon Coal, Salt and Oil. It was considered one of the oldest businesses in the province, having been founded in 1842 in Coley’s Point.
Eric Dawe Drive, where Amalgamated Academy is located, is named in his honour. A lifelong resident of Bay Roberts, he was also involved in a variety of charities and community organizations.