Burin mourn­ing loss of town his­to­rian

Wayne Hol­lett had a pas­sion for pass­ing on knowl­edge about the com­mu­nity

The Southern Gazette - - EDITORIAL -

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.

FILE PHOTO

Wayne Hol­lett was con­sid­ered to be Burin’s town his­to­rian.

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