Chaulk­ing one up

Se­nior re­ceives per­fect sur­prise from Buddy Wa­sis­name’s Wayne Chaulk

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - PROVINCIAL - BY MARK SQUIBB

Wayne Chaulk an­swers se­nior’s re­quest with per­sonal de­liv­ery

Eleanor Par­rott of Petley says she is usu­ally a shy per­son.

But that didn’t stop her from phon­ing the Buddy Wa­sis­name and the Other Fellers of­fice to ask a favour of Wayne Chaulk, one of the New­found­land group’s mem­bers. Par­rott, who will turn 81 in July, had re­cently be­gun plan­ning her funeral, and thought the song “Carry Me” would be al­most per­fect for her funeral. But it needed some ad­just­ments. “The song, it starts off slow and mel­low, but then it speeds up. And I asked (Chaulk), could he do any­thing for me. … It was nice, but not for what I wanted it for, so I asked him could he change it for me, and do a disc with that one par­tic­u­lar song on it,” Par­rott said.

You’d never know if you didn’t ask, she fig­ured.

Par­rott didn’t hear any­thing for about a month, un­til Chaulk called her last week won­der­ing what her ad­dress was so he could mail her the disc with “Carry Me” re­ar­ranged and rere­corded just the way she wanted it.

If Par­rott was sur­prised that Chaulk rere­corded the song for her, she was dou­bly sur­prised when he hand de­liv­ered it to her Fri­day af­ter­noon.

“I wasn’t ex­pect­ing him. He didn’t say he was com­ing. He called me the night be­fore and said he had my disc done,” Par­rott ex­plained.

“I gave him my ad­dress, and that’s all I thought. The next evening after din­ner, around 2 o’clock, my daugh­ter was here out on the pa­tio, and I thought I heard her speak to some­one. And when I looked, here he was, stand­ing right in the pa­tio door. I opened up the door and said, ‘Oh my God!’ ’cause I never met the man be­fore.

“What a visit we had. He was the sweet­est per­son I think I ever spoke to. He was some beau­ti­ful. He did a lot for me, and I can’t ap­pre­ci­ate it enough. We had a won­der­ful evening.”

Par­rott said that apart from the unique disc she had re­quested, Chaulk gave her a free Buddy Wa­sis­name CD and poster.

She also said the new record­ing of “Carry Me” is “per­fect to a T.”

“He did it just per­fect, the way I wanted it.”

Chaulk said that of all the re­quests the band gets, this one might have been the most unique.

“As soon as the sales­man told me her story, I said, ‘Well, we got to do some­thing,’” he ex­plained.

“When it was done, I thought, wow, wouldn’t it be lovely to hand it to her in­stead of de­liv­er­ing it in the mail.” So that’s what he did.

“She’s a lovely lady, a lovely per­son, who knows what she wants and who she is, with a big, happy fam­ily all around her. To do this was a real de­light.”


Wayne Chaulk and Eleanor Par­rott.

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