Norris Arm unveils new street name in memory of Danny Dwyer
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.
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.
Tristan Cater accepted the Danny Dwyer Memorial Scholarship presented by former Norris Arm resident Trent Langdon.