Former Corner Brook resident Wayne Trask died this week after a short battle with cancer. Trask hasn’t lived in this west coast city for about a decade, but his name is as recognizable now as it was when he did reside on the west coast.
Trask was known for his willingness to roll up his sleeves and help out anywhere he was needed, but it was his work on getting the Pepsi Centre and the 1999 Canada Winter Games for the city that cemented his place in local history.
He saw a need, and as he always did, he put his immense organizational talents to work bringing both projects to a successful conclusion.
Always quick with a smile and a handshake, Trask was a businessman by profession but it was his volunteer work that separated him from the pack.
Anyone who saw his dedication to the community must have wondered how he managed to keep a job or a business running considering all the meetings and events he was part of, or attended.
Trask would have made a perfect politician — brilliant, friendly, hardworking, articulate and a born leader — but he always preferred to make the world a little better in his own way.
When he wasn’t in the forefront of any number of campaigns and projects, he was helping out behind the scenes, never looking for praise or reward.
It’s too bad Trask died so relatively young when he has so much more to offer, but we can learn from his dedication to others.
He will be missed.
His deeds will live on.