Thou­sands turn out to cel­e­brate life of Quinn Butt

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Par­ents held their chil­dren a lit­tle closer at the St. Fran­cis soc­cer field in Har­bour Grace late last week.

Their grips got a lit­tle tighter and their chil­dren snug­gled in that ex­tra bit. Par­ents and chil­dren needed each other on the evening of April 28.

If any­thing, to re­mind them­selves of the pres-cious bond that ex­ists be­tween them.

Some 3,000 peo­ple from around the re­gion on the soc­cer field for a cel­e­bra­tion of the life of Quinn Lorna Kay Butt were re­minded of that bond.

They were re­minded that ev­ery­day is a gift.

They were there to pay trib­ute to a lit­tle girl they might not have known, but they felt the need to show their sup­port.

There was 18-year-old Matieo For­ward and 66-year-old David Moores. Each pledg­ing their sup­port to the cause.

Just their pres­ence lend­ing strength to the griev­ing fam­ily.

Quinn was a five-year-old Car- bon­ear girl who could light up a room with a sim­ple smile who was taken from the world much too soon.

Ear­lier in the week, fire­fight­ers pulled her body from a burn­ing home on Hay­den Heights in Car­bon­ear.

The news of Quinn’s death rocked the province and al­most im­me­di­ately peo­ple started band­ing to­gether. They stuck pink and pur­ple bal­loons to their houses, while pledg­ing their sup­port for the fam­ily through so­cial me­dia.

They lent their strength in hopes of help­ing a griev­ing mother through the tough­est or­deal.

Quinn was equal parts diva and princess. A girl who had just as much fun play­ing with her friends (in the mud) as she did putting on a dress and high heels.

Friends of the fam­ily didn’t want this evening to be about tragedy. They needed it to be about life and cel­e­bra­tion.

Peo­ple wept as poetry was read and Quinn’s favourite song echoed through the nearby neigh­bour­hoods. They raised their can­dles to­wards the sky as fam­ily re­leased their bal­loons.

Those can­dles later made their way to Quinn’s memo­rial ta­ble.

It’s a cause that has touched peo­ple from around the world. Pic­tures from coun­tries like Ger­many, Italy and the United States.

A pink bal­loon even floated above Dis­ney’s Magic King­dom. Quinn and her mother were sup­posed to be there now.

Closer to home in Car­bon­ear, busi­nesses were hang­ing signs in their win­dows, pledg­ing their love to the young girl.

Many of those sen­ti­ments were felt on the field in Har­bour Grace. Young chil­dren car­ried bal­loons and signs for Quinn.

Others wore t-shirts that said, “We will never for­get Quinn.” We were all cel­e­brat­ing her life. Be­fore a trio of Chi­nese lanterns floated sky­ward, a fresh snow­fall started.

As the light snowflakes fell, it felt like Quinn was say­ing thankyou.

Light it up Quinn.

PHOTO BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER/THE COM­PASS

Sup­port­ers add their own can­dles to those pro­vided by the fam­ily of Quinn Butt at a vigil for the girl Thurs­day evening in Har­bour Grace.

PHOTO BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER/THE COM­PASS

Su­san Fitzger­ald, left, and her grand­daugh­ter Olivia Har­ris were just a pair of the thou­sands of sup­port­ers who came out to the memo­rial.

PHOTO BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER/THE COM­PASS

Peo­ple came from all over the CBN re­gion to lend their strength to Quinn’s fam­ily. Here, the Par­sons fam­ily from Shearstown show their sup­port. They are, from left, Rachel, Amy, Jor­dan and Nathan.

PHOTO BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER/THE COM­PASS

Pink and pur­ple bal­loons float into the night sky above the soc­cer field in Har­bour Grace.

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