Eric Dawe, Canadian businessman and politician, Dies at 94

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Eric N. Dawe, born in 1921 and died on October 8, 2015, Eric was a businessperson and former politician in Newfoundland.

He represented Port de Grave in the Newfoundland House of Assembly from 1962 to 1971 and from 1975 to 1979.

Eric was born in Bay Roberts and was educated there and at Bishop Feild College.

He joined the family hardware business in 1940 and took over management of the business six years later.

Eric took part in the push to incorporate Bay Roberts.

He was elected to the first town council in 1951 and later served eight years as the town’s mayor.

Eric also served as president of the Newfoundland Association of Mayors and Municipalities.

He was elected to the Newfoundland assembly in 1962 and reelected in 1966.

Eric served in the provincial cabinet as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

He retired from the assembly in 1971 but was elected again in 1975 as a member of the Liberal Reform Party.

In 1979, he became managing director of Avalon Coal, Salt and Oil Ltd.

As of August 2012, Eric was the only surviving member of the first town council for Bay Roberts.

Eric Dawe Drive in Bay Roberts was named in his honour.

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