Glovertown Boatbuilder Bob Davis Remembered
Above: Bob Davis with his good friend and colleague Michele Babstock.
For 40 years, Robert (Bob) Davis has been synonymous with the Glovertown Shipyard in northeastern Newfoundland, both as an owner and in his retirement years, project advisor.
Davis died unexpectedly on April 22 after a brief illness, joining his wife Beverly who had passed away just the month before. The couple had been married for 46 years. Davis is fondly remembered as a mentor, a neighbour and a great friend by ...
Inshore Fishing Industry Loses a Steadfast Advocate
Tom Best: December 31, 1945 – March 31, 2020
Tom Best was a tireless advocate for the inshore fishery, which was once the economy driving Newfoundland and Labrador, and one of the best-known inshore fishermen in this province.
Before I met Tom, I got to know him from open line radio shows and the Fisherman’s Broadcast.
In the 1980s, when the inshore fishery started to decline, Tom like many others, saw the warning signs and the potential demise of the industry that was so important ...
Former Colleague Fondly Remembers John Crosbie
Working for John Crosbie is a time St. John’s resident Ray Andrews remembers well.
“He was a workaholic, a stickler for details, needed all the research from as many as he could get before he made any decisions, so that was the part I really liked about him,” said Andrews in an interview.
“He didn’t work on the fly or do short-term type of stuff. He always wanted the details necessary from everybody and many times he would ask the same question of a bunch of people and take all ...
John Crosbie was an Icon in Newfoundland and Labrador
It is with sadness that I write this tribute to a great man who I got to know and admire.
My first recollection of John Crosbie was in 1966 when he and Clyde Wells walked across the floor in the Government of Joey Smallwood. I believe the dispute was about the Come by Chance refinery deal.
I thought to myself, these are two honourable gentlemen who had the guts to do what they thought was right.
Mr. Crosbie kept on in politics first in the Moore’s Government and later as a ...
My Tribute to James Morgan
I first met Jim Morgan back in the late 70s when he was Fisheries Minister in the Peckford Government.
We were in the process of trying to get a marine service centre in the Green Bay South area, and after a long time we were successful.
We also had meetings with Jim after the anti-sealing group destroyed the market for seal products.
After Jim was finished with politics, he formed an organization called Rural Rights and Boat Owners Association because the federal government had ...
Jim Morgan: A Rebel with a Cause
On August 4, one of the province’s best-known politicians passed away at Pleasant View Towers in St. John’s.
Jim Morgan’s long-standing image in the public eye, even after he officially ended his formal stint in politics/government in 1989, demonstrated the life of a consummate politician.
While I worked with him, I was both surprised and honoured to be called by his wife Denise to pay tribute. I will try to portray his contribution to the people of this Rock and Big Land, primarily ...
Salt Water in His Veins
P.E.I. Bids Farewell to Fishing Industry Icon, The Bearded Skipper
There is an old saying that goes something like, “if you looked up (insert adjective) in the dictionary you would see a picture of (insert proper noun).”
It’s a roundabout way of saying that two things have become synonymous with each other.
Well, this being the 21st century and the internet having replaced most dictionaries, go ahead and Google, “P.E.I. lobster fisherman.” You will see Norman Peters’ whiske...
Two Names But One of a Kind
Nova Scotia’s Legendary Fisheries Journalist is Gone
You know that someone with two sets of names, both first and last, was bound to be an interesting person and the man we spelled as “Alain Meuse” was more than just interesting — there was no one quite like him.
Allen Muise, as he was officially named, passed away on August 5, 2017 and his loss leaves a huge gap in fisheries journalism in southwest Nova Scotia.
For us at the Navigator his passing means the loss of a colleague. ...
A Man Who Worked Hard for Labrador
Fred Clifford Hall Died July 17, Age 70
Fred Clifford Hall was a man whose friends and colleagues say worked hard to improve life in Labrador communities, particularly those of the Innu and Inuit people.
Hall passed away July 17, 2017, at the Dr. L.A. Miller Centre in St. John’s. He was 70.
Max Short, a special advisor to former federal Fisheries Minister Brian Tobin when he first met Hall, said he was always impressed with Hall’s determination and commitment to helping the Innu and ...
A Man Who Always Had a Plan
Lawrence (Laurie) Sullivan Passed Away April 5 in Calvert at age 59
Lawrence (Laurie) Sullivan had a plan to take his grandchildren capelin fishing in a new boat he was building next to his house in Calvert on the southern shore.
The 59-year-old fisherman and heavy equipment operator did not get a chance to carry out that plan, however, after an accident claimed his life near the town’s wharf this spring.
His son, Jason, said the family plans to finish the boat, but the tragedy has ...