Spa­niard’s Bay coun­cil ded­i­cates new coun­cil cham­bers to first mayor

The Compass - - Editorial - BY CHRIS LEWIS chris.lewis@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Shirley Gosse (right), Calvin’s wife, and their daugh­ter Karen Mercer as the plaque is re­vealed for the first time.

The Town of Spa­niard’s Bay re­cently ded­i­cated its new coun­cil cham­bers to their first mayor — Calvin M. Gosse.

Gosse served as the first mayor for the town of Spa­niard’s Bay from 1965-1967, when the com­mu­nity was in­cor­po­rated.

June 8, 2017 was the 52nd an­niver­sary for the com­mu­nity, and Mayor Tony Men­chions said he felt there was no bet­ter

day to make the ded­i­ca­tion to Gosse of­fi­cial.

“We’re very happy to ded­i­cate our new cham­bers to (Gosse). He was a shin­ing ex­am­ple of what we strive for as mem­bers of coun­cil. Ev­ery mayor since him has fol­lowed in his foot­steps, striv­ing to do what they felt was best for the com­mu­nity,” said Men­chions, ges­tur­ing to­ward the right wall of the cham­bers, where group pho­tos of ev­ery coun­cil since 1965 hang. “I’m sure this tra­di­tion will con­tinue with each new coun­cil that gets elected.”

The former town hall was

also ded­i­cated to Gosse on the 25th an­niver­sary of the town’s in­cor­po­ra­tion in 1990. How­ever, in 2014, the town pur­chased the former school board build­ing, which has served as the town hall since.

“To some peo­ple, this build­ing is known as the Mark Gosse & Sons build­ing. To some, the school board build­ing, and now to the younger gen­er­a­tion, they’ll know it as the mu­nic­i­pal cen­tre,” added Men­chions. “But what­ever the build­ing is known as, it will con­tinue to serve res­i­dents of Spa­niard’s Bay for many years, and hope­fully, as a place of civic pride.”

Af­ter a speech from the mayor, the res­i­dents in at­ten­dance were brought to the hall­way lead­ing into the coun­cil cham­bers, where Men­chions re­vealed a plaque ded­i­cated to Gosse, who passed away at the age of 54.

Mem­bers of the Gosse fam­ily, in­clud­ing his wife Shirley and daugh­ter Karen Mercer, were present for the un­veil­ing of the plaque.

“It feels won­der­ful to see all of this,” said Shirley, fight­ing through joy­ful tears. “He was a won­der­ful man.”

Mercer told The Com­pass she felt very proud to see her fa­ther’s name hon­oured by the com­mu­nity in such a way.

“It’s a great feel­ing, it re­ally is. We’re all very proud of my fa­ther, al­ways have been, and we’re happy to see that the town feels the same way,” said Mercer.

CHRIS LEWIS/THE COM­PASS CHRIS LEWIS/THE COM­PASS

A plaque ded­i­cated to Calvin M. Gosse was erected in the main hall­way of the build­ing.

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