Labrador West Pi­o­neers: Cyril and Stacey An­drews

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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.


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