Labrador West Pioneers: Cyril and Stacey Andrews
As we already know, Labrador West has an outstanding collection of folks who are representatives of true community pioneers. Cyril and Stacey Andrews are clearly great examples of our Labrador West Pioneers.
Cyril came to Labrador West as a young man in 1967. He left his home in Wesleyville, Bonavista Bay Newfoundland to seek out work, find a good paying job and make a successful life for himself. Cyril found that job with the Iron Ore Company of Canada and like so many of our Pioneers in Labrador West, he punched a 30-year career with the company.
Stacey came from her home in Cape Freels, Bonavista Bay. She and Cyril were married on the island and set up housekeeping in 1968 in the Embassy Cyril and Stacey Andrews
Building, and as the old story so often goes, the rest was history.
As a couple, they began their lives together in their new community, building a new life and starting a family.
They have two children, a boy and a girl who are now both adults and living a successful life right here in Labrador West. Cyril and Stacey are also blessed with two grandchildren, their whole family sharing the many treasures that Labrador West has to offer.
They speak with fond memories of the early years spent in Labrador West. Their co-workers, neighbours and friends were all pulling in the same direction on the rope that was their lives. They were quick to say that all of these folks with a similar vision of life that they shared, became their family, sharing the work, the play and all of both the good times and the not so good times. Those years and how they lived them were the solid foundation that built their lives and our community.
Cyril and Stacey are both outdoor and cabin people. They both spent many of those years sharing great adventures in the country. As the seasons came and went, they spent time enjoying some of the incredible adventures fishing. Speckles, lake trout and ouananiche were on the list and in the pan.
Hunting has always been, and continues to be, an important part of their lives. The Aurora had to wait for Cyril to get back from checking his rabbit snares to have a chat with him.
They have a big picture on their wall when you enter their home of a group of caribou on the land. This picture was the beginning of a great conversation about those glory days of the George River Caribou herd that we were so lucky to have had.
Cyril shared stories that both he and Stacey had shared together on the caribou hunt. It was an important part of their lifestyle and the culture of all that the caribou represented. A time and a treasured activity, that their greatest wish would be, that their grandchildren could somehow see the day when they to, could see the caribou come back so they could enjoy the hunt that their grandparents had shared.
Cyril and Stacey have over all these years given back to Labrador West. Stacey worked a number of years as a nursery school teacher and has dedicated years of volunteer service to the Ladies Auxiliary, the food bank, and their church.
Cyril has given of his time as a volunteer with the White Wolf Snowmobile Club and to the many efforts that are required to pull off the successful Cain’s Quest Endurance Race that Labrador is famous for.
At the end of our chat, the same question is asked, do you have any regrets in your life’s journey as Labrador West Pioneers. In unison, they both echoed, not one, Labrador West is our home and it has given us a great life. They too, have given a great deal back to our Labrador West community, as well.