Danny’s Road

Nor­ris Arm un­veils new street name in mem­ory of Danny Dwyer

The Pilot - - Front Page - BY PA­TRICK MUR­PHY Pa­trick.Mur­phy@ad­ver­tis­ernl.ca

Danny Dwyer was a fix­ture in Nor­ris Arm be­fore his tragic death in 2012. Res­i­dents are de­ter­mined to en­sure he re­mains a part of the com­mu­nity.

A tragic ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing an ATV may have taken the life of Nor­ris Arm res­i­dent Danny Dwyer in 2012, but his le­gacy lives on in the cen­tral New­found­land com­mu­nity.

“I re­mem­ber grow­ing up play­ing soft­ball and he was the bat boy,” said for­mer Nor­ris Arm res­i­dent Trent Lang­don. “Ev­ery­body knew him… the Pepsi trucks would come in and he’d be help­ing out, the beer trucks, wher­ever there was work needed to be done, he was there.”

Lang­don says Danny was an iconic fig­ure in the com­mu­nity of roughly 850 peo­ple. The de­ci­sion to name the street was well thought out. Danny’s Road is just off the main thor­ough­fare in town, and on the cor­ner sits the Nor­ris Arm Boys and Girls Club. The for­merly un­named street was a fit­ting choice as a re­mem­brance be­cause of Danny’s ded­i­ca­tion and love for his com­mu­nity, said Lang­don.

The new street is not the only memo­rial named for the fondly re­mem­bered res­i­dent.

The Danny Dwyer Memo­rial Schol­ar­ship, of­fered by the Nor­ris Arm Boys & Girls Club, has been avail­able to stu­dents liv­ing in Nor­ris Arm South since 2013. The award ac­knowl­edges and re­mem­bers Danny’s valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity.

“Danny’s sin­cer­ity, un­con­di­tional car­ing, con­tin­u­ous vol­un­teer work, and his smile, epit­o­mize the le­gacy that we need to em­brace and rec­og­nize within the cur­rent youth of our com­mu­nity,” states a press re­lease herald­ing the award in 2013.

The schol­ar­ship is open to stu­dents cur­rently en­rolled in Grade 9 or greater, and in­cludes post- sec­ondary stu­dents. Lang­don says open­ing the award to mul­ti­ple lev­els of stu­dents was nec­es­sary due to the small pop­u­la­tion and that judges are se­lected from out­side the com­mu­nity to en­sure neu­tral­ity.

This year Lewis­porte Col­le­giate grad­u­ate Tris­tan Cater took home the award. The as­pir­ing bio­chem­istry stu­dent is hop­ing the funds go a long way in pay­ing for some of the books on his read­ing list and seems laser fo­cused on his stud­ies.

“My in­tent is to branch off bio­chem­istry and go into phar­ma­col­ogy,” Cater told The Pi­lot. “Which is ba­si­cally the re­search of drugs on the hu­man body and their ef­fects.”

The schol­ar­ship is awarded on an an­nual ba­sis; re­cip­i­ents re­ceive a $100 cheque im­me­di­ately upon re­ceiv­ing the award and $ 1000 schol­ar­ship once en­rolled in an ac­cred­ited post­sec­ondary in­sti­tu­tion.

Win­ners also re­ceive a per­son­al­ized plaque in ad­di­tion to hav­ing their name added to a plaque high­light­ing past award win­ners at the Boys and Girls Club in Nor­ris Arm.

Cater was not the only stu­dent cel­e­brated how­ever.

The Nor­ris Arm club ap­plied for and re­ceived the Boys and Girls Club of Canada Schol­ar­ship in 2017. Nor­ris Arm res­i­dent, and cur­rent high school stu­dent, Sara Dwyer was nom­i­nated by the lo­cal cub for the na­tional award in 2017. The schol­ar­ship in­cludes $ 4000 to­wards her post sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion, a $750 gift card to be used to­wards the pur­chase of a lap­top com­puter and $250 to­wards post-sec­ondary school fees. An­drea Dwyer, Sara’s mother, ac­cepted the award on her be­half.

PA­TRICK MUR­PHY / THE PI­LOT

Nor­ris Arm Deputy Mayor Roger Sent­ner un­veiled the street sign for Danny’ Road in Nor­ris Arm on Aug. 16. The street is named in mem­ory of lo­cal res­i­dent Danny Dwyer who died in an in­ci­dent in­volv­ing an ATV in 2012.

PA­TRICK MUR­PHY / THE PI­LOT

Tris­tan Cater ac­cepted the Danny Dwyer Memo­rial Schol­ar­ship pre­sented by for­mer Nor­ris Arm res­i­dent Trent Lang­don.

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