LABRADOR WEST PIONEERS: PERCY AND GLO­RIA DUMARESQUE

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - Front Page - BY GARY SHAW

There is lit­tle doubt that Percy and Glo­ria Dumaresque are on the list of Labrador West Pioneers. They have stead­fastly given their lives and their ef­forts to the com­mu­nity.

Percy took the longer road to Labrador West when he left his home as a young man. He went to work on the base in Goose Bay when he first left home in Lanse Au Clair on the south coast of Labrador.

Percy went to work on the Amer­i­can base and af­ter a stint there, Percy thought he would give the Army a try. He joined the Cana­dian Armed Forces and learned a great deal. His best mem­ory of his time in the Army was a tour of duty that in­cluded a trip to Nor­way.

Af­ter his time in the Army, Percy de­cided that he would come and take a look at the op­por­tu­ni­ties in Labrador West.

It was 1970 and work and op­por­tu­nity was in Labrador West and he has called it home ev­ery since. His first job was with Hussey Engi­neer­ing that turned out to be a three-year run. He then went to work for Cana­dian In­dus­tries Lim­ited for four years.

In 1978 he mar­ried Glo­ria. She had ar­rived in Labrador West in 1970 to ini­tially live with her sis­ters who were al­ready here. She ar­rived look­ing for work as well, and found work, and her and Percy set out on liv­ing life in Labrador West.

They had two chil­dren and have two grand­chil­dren. Life in the early years was the same for all of the Pioneers that have been pro­filed on these pages. There were no roads in or out and folks made due with what they had and made their own fun. Percy and Glo­ria were no dif­fer­ent.

Percy set­tled into a 25-year run with the Iron Ore Com­pany of Canada, which he re­tired from. Glo­ria was busy with two chil­dren and also worked out­side of the home. She worked at the Wabush Recre­ation Cen­tre in the can­teen for a time and then went to the lo­cal hospi­tal as a cook giv­ing 28 years of ser­vice.

Their lives over all of these years were not spent at just work and home. They have from the be­gin­ning, been solid sup­port­ers of their church as ac­tive mem­bers of the Par­ish as well as all of the vol­un­teer ef­forts that were a steady part of the church’s ser­vice to the com­mu­nity.

Back in the 1970’s, long be­fore the White Wolf Snow­mo­bile Club, there was a small but ac­tive group of lo­cal folks who had the Snow Cart Club. Percy was a very ac­tive mem­ber of this Club and spoke of how proud he was when he pulled up to the gang with his new 12 Horse­power Elan Snow­mo­bile.

Long be­fore Cain’s Quest was even a dream in any­one’s thoughts, in 1993, Percy and his Bud­dies, Ge­orge Meadus, Scott Hodge and Manuel Butt packed up their gear with machines from that era and went on a lit­tle ride them­selves.

A 15-day ex­cur­sion that took them from Havre St. Pierre, Que­bec on the North Shore of the St. Lawrence River To Blanc Sablon, all the way up the coast of Labrador ar­riv­ing in Goose Bay and then on to Churchill Falls and then home to Labrador West. They had 15 days in the coun­try, no sup­port teams and snow­mo­biles from an era that would have been tested like the boys, per­haps a bit over the limit. They were truly Pioneers.

Percy had the third cabin built at Blue­berry and Hill and loved to be hunt­ing ptarmi­gan from there in all of those early years.

Both he and Glo­ria were quick to say that they had no re­grets in where life had taken them as they found their way to Labrador West. Percy went on to say that Labrador West has been real good to them. There was al­ways work, a group of friends and neigh­bours and a com­mu­nity that was al­ways there dur­ing not only the best of times, but also the worst of times. We are all lucky to have the com­mu­nity that we have, it’s be­cause we have friends and neigh­bours among us like Percy and Glo­ria.

GARY SHAW/SPE­CIAL TO THE AURORA

Percy and Glo­ria Dumaresque have so­lid­i­fied their Labrador roots.

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