Sunday, July 18, 2010
Farewells and Remembrances (The final edition, The epitaph)
To bring an era to an end, the paper turned to Ann Ferguson a long time employee in the composing department who chronicled those that offered up their talents and their work for the city's paper. Having lived through the ups and the downs of the city's paper, she provided the roster of many of the paper's employees from the years past.
A listing of names that while missing a few we imagine, captures some of the past and present personalities who brought this city its news on a daily basis.
For our final bit of review from the final edition, we offer up for the archives, her fitting tribute to the coworkers that came and went from Prince Rupert's Daily News.
I started working for the Daily News in 1971 just after I graduated and stayed there until just a few years ago.
I did have some time off but it was to have children and then it was back to work. When I was in the hospital having my first child in 1974 Iris Christison the publisher at the time, called up to the hospital and sent me a message to hurry up because I was supposed to be at work that day.
And that is how it went in those days. We worked at the paper like it was our paper and we took pride in its content and composition. The town also felt an ownership to the paper because it was so much a part of the community. Those were the days when the town and the paper thrived. We were all proud to be a part of the Daily News.
But now the last call for Page One has come for the Prince Rupert Daily News, it has been a good run, that is for sure. Owners have come and gone and so have all the good people who worked at the paper with great dedication over the years. There was never a dull moment for me and that was because of the people I worked with.
Some of those people who I will always remember and so will the community are:
Ed Van Der Lilly
COMPOSING AND PRESS ROOM
Carman de la Nuez
Peter Van Der Lilly
George T. Baker
And hundreds of carriers and delivery personnel and probably dozens of others I have missed on the list. We will remember each other and laugh at all the good times and all the not so good times that we had.
Stop the press and turn off the lights.