I was saddened to learn that a fine gentleman, former Mayor of Corner Brook and passionate Newfoundlander, Ray Pollett passed away over the weekend.
I got to know him quite well over the years from my work with government, particularly with the Liberal Party from the late 1980's up to 2005. I had first met him as a Lion, but got to know him best while he served as the Mayor of Corner Brook up to 1997. He was an instrumental force behind the 1999 Canada Winter Games Committee. He was Chairperson of the Board of Governors of the Host Society. Corner Brook was the smallest community to ever host the game. The success and legacy of the games is no small part because of Ray's can do attitude.
In 2008, The Board of Directors of the Corner Brook Port Corporation (CBPC) named its building after Pollett, who has served as Chairperson of the CBPC for eight years, and was instrumental in the divestiture process which saw the management and operation of the port change hands from Transport Canada to the community based corporation.
Ray was one of these people who gave his heart and soul to his community. He volunteered for dozens of organizations including: Corner Brook Hockey Association, Winter Carnival Committee, the Westmount Club, Victorian Order of Nurses (both locally and provincially), Royal Canadian Legion and the Lions Club. Ray also served as an official of the Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities for the Government of NL. He was awarded two Queen’s Medals for his many years of public service, once in 1977 and again in 2003.
I enjoyed many a conversation with Ray at his hiding place, the Westmount Club, on the occasions when he or Jack would invite me up for a chat.
Ray’s contribution to the City of Corner Brook was remarkable. His motto, which may have been borrowed by Bob The Builder was, "we can do it" and "yes, we can "
He was 77 at the time of his death.
Rest in Peace.