Vic­to­ria re­mem­bers Paul Bolt

For­mer Per­salvic stu­dent Paul Bolt made a big im­pres­sion

The Compass - - Front page - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON

Dozens gath­ered in the gym­na­sium of Per­salvic School in Vic­to­ria last Wednesday to re­mem­ber a for­mer stu­dent. Paul Bolt was known to be a spir­ited fel­low who got in­volved with every­thing he could dur­ing his time at the school in the 1980s and early ‘90s. Most re­cently the mayor of Grand Le Pierre on the Burin Penin­sula, Bolt died last month at the age of 47.

It was fit­ting to choose the gym­na­sium of Per­salvic School in Vic­to­ria as the set­ting for a spe­cial memo­rial ser­vice for Paul Bolt.

That’s be­cause Bolt, a for­mer stu­dent at the school who went on to be­come the mayor of Grand Le Pierre on the Burin Penin­sula, seem­ingly loved noth­ing more than to help out with ac­tiv­i­ties in the school gym. As for­mer phys­i­cal education teacher Lee­land An­der­son re­calls, Bolt helped or­ga­nize in­tra­mu­rals and as­sisted him with manag­ing school teams.

“When we went to tour­na­ments, he would dress with his shirt and tie and cardigan on, al­ways po­lite, thought more of every­body else be­fore him­self,” said An­der­son. “And that’s what made him such an en­dear­ing per­son.”

Bolt died March 14 at the age of 47.

Last Wednesday, close to 40 peo­ple gath­ered at the school to re­mem­ber Bolt, in­clud­ing fam­ily, friends and mu­nic­i­pal lead­ers. Fel­low Per­salvic grad­u­ate Shel­don Burke or­ga­nized the event.

“Next to the gym teacher, he ba­si­cally ran the sports in the school,” said Burke, who knew Bolt best through his own in­volve­ment with high school sports as a stu­dent.

“We just want to make sure that the town and the school re­mem­bers who he was and what he did.”

Bolt was in Grade 4 when he moved to Vic­to­ria to live with a fos­ter fam­ily, the Evelys. He went on to be­come heav­ily in­volved with ac­tiv­i­ties at the school in Vic­to­ria and neigh­bour­ing com­mu­ni­ties. The Town of Vic­to­ria named him cit­i­zen of the year dur­ing his time there.

“It is truly an hon­our to be a part of such a won­der­ful pro­ject.” — Elena Par­sons-Kat­kic

“He be­came an am­bas­sador for the town, an am­bas­sador for the high school — and not only in here,” said Burke. “If you ask peo­ple in schools in Car­bon­ear and Har­bour Grace who were in­volved in sports, they know who Paul was, just be­cause he was on the side­lines for the soc­cer team, he was on the bench for the hockey team, he was on the side­lines for the bas­ket­ball team … If there’s one word to de­scribe him, he was very pas­sion­ate.”

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Paul Bolt as a grad­u­ate of Per­salvic School in 1991.

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Paul Bolt died ear­lier this month at the age of 47.

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Shel­don Burke or­ga­nized last week’s memo­rial for Paul Bolt.

AN­DREW ROBIN­SON/TC ME­DIA

Lee­land An­der­son was a phys­i­cal education teacher at Per­salvic when Paul Bolt was a stu­dent.

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Kelly Loch and Larry Bald­win per­form the old hymn “I’ll Fly Away” in the school gym­na­sium at Per­salvic.

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