For­mer Bay Roberts mayor Eric Dawe dead at 94

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - With files from Ni­cholas Mercer editor@CBN­com­

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.


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