Burin mourning loss of town historian
Wayne Hollett had a passion for passing on knowledge about the community
Mayor Kevin Lundrigan can’t put a timeframe on the number of years Wayne Hollett has been recognized as the town historian of Burin.
“Almost infinity,” he said during council’s meeting Tuesday last week.
Hollett died at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John’s Oct. 26 at the age of 83.
Lundrigan said Hollett contributed greatly to the town and called the loss “humongous.”
Hollett often helped people who came to town looking for information on their ancestors and spent numerous hours at the Bank of Nova Scotia Museum talking to people from all over the world, the mayor said.
“He’s a person who will be certainly missed out around the heritage houses,” he said.
“He was a good character, as well, you know, and he helped a lot of school children over the years with assignments,” Coun. Betty Francis added.
Hollett, who worked at Fishery Products International for 42 years, was only too glad to pass along the materials he compiled, Lundrigan said
“He had folders done up on almost everything that there was (that) children wanted to do assignments on. He just loaned it out to them and told them to bring it back the same way he had given it to them,” he said.
Hollett received a number of recognitions during his lifetime, including an award of merit from the Museum Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (MANL) in 2007 and a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
He was inducted into the Burin Peninsula Soccer Hall of Fame in 1986.
Hollett was nominated for the MANL award by the Burin Heritage Tourism Association.
A portion of the organization’s submission read: “Wayne is a father figure in Burin, a strong and intellectual man with a wealth of knowledge and a heart of gold.”
Council observed a minute of silence in honour of Hollett during the meeting.
A funeral service was held at Zion United Church, Collins Cove, on Thursday.
He leaves to mourn his wife Stella, two sons, two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, plus a wide circle of other family and friends.
Wayne Hollett was considered to be Burin’s town historian.