Victoria remembers Paul Bolt
Former Persalvic student Paul Bolt made a big impression
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.
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“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.”
Paul Bolt as a graduate of Persalvic School in 1991.
Paul Bolt died earlier this month at the age of 47.
Sheldon Burke organized last week’s memorial for Paul Bolt.
Leeland Anderson was a physical education teacher at Persalvic when Paul Bolt was a student.
Kelly Loch and Larry Baldwin perform the old hymn “I’ll Fly Away” in the school gymnasium at Persalvic.