By Frank Gale
The Western Star
PORT AU PORT
Conrad Glasgow says Danny McCann was one of the nicest individuals he has ever met.
At a ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 11, to honour McCann, by renaming the Gravels Trail to Danny’s Trail, Glasgow said, “It’s a very real thing it’s now Danny’s Trail because it was Danny that built it – not physically, but through his business-minded sense to get it done.”
Glasgow and McCann were friends from high school up to his death on Sept. 13, 2017.
“I was always amazed with the unbounded energy and work ethic Danny had,” he told the crowd of 300 gathered for the ceremony.
Glasgow recalled it was about 20 years ago McCann when called a meeting to form the Gravels Development Corporation with the idea of developing the seven kilometres of trail that now bear his name.
“To him, it was the gateway to the Port au Port Peninsula and something special to make people stop, and maybe some tourists to even leave some money behind,” he said.
Glasgow said McCann’s vision was much larger the trail system. He also envisioned a marina at Abbott’s Pond and a mobile fair at The Gravels.
Those things didn’t come to fruition, however,
Another project required McCann’s attention and he had to direct his energy and fundraising efforts to preserving Our Lady of Mercy Church.
“If Danny McCann imagined something – whatever he thought was possible, was possible,” said Glasgow.
Kathleen Lawlor, who served on The Gravels Development Corporation with McCann for its last dozen years when they took over Our Lady of Mercy Complex, said he had a right-hand assistant – which was her, and a left hand helper – his cousin the Late Glenn McCann, who was always there when called upon.
“Danny instilled in people the desire to volunteer, then made you think that it was your idea,” she quipped.
Lawlor said McCann did have one fault and that was his brain didn’t slow down.
And that was a challenge for members of the group, she said, whose legs were not as fast as they used to be.
“He thought we should keep up with his thoughts,” she joked.
The ceremony involved an unveiling of a monument indicating it was now Danny’s Trail.
An inscription declares, “You are limited only by your imagination.”
The unveiling was carried out by Danny’s twin grandchildren Crawford and Chayse McCann, 15 years of age.
Crawford said it was a great turnout and he was glad everyone could come to support the event and that it was an honour to unveil his granddad’s monument.
Chayse said it was an honour to have her poppy’s legacy unveiled at something he put so much hard work and creativity into.
Mayor Chalsie Kook-Marche of Port au Port West-Aguathuna-Felix Cove, said Danny and his legacy was being remembered in developing the community walking trail that is enjoyed by hundreds every day.
Darryll McCann, the son of Danny McCann, is seen speaking during a ceremony that involved the unveiling of a monument at the renaming of the Gravels Trail to Danny’s Trail on Sunday, Aug. 11near the rest stop in Port au Port West-Aguathuna-Felix Cove. FRANK GALE/ THE WESTERN STAR
Danny McCann of the Gravels Development Committee is seen in this undated file photo addressing the Stephenville Rotary Club. On Sunday, Aug. 11 a monument for the renaming of the Gravels Trail to Danny’s Trail took place near the rest stop in Port au Port West-Aguathuna-Felix Cove. FRANK GALE/ THE WESTERN STAR
Cecilia McCann, the 85-year-old mother of Danny McCann, poses for a photo following a ceremony that involved the unveiling of a monument at the renaming of the Gravels Trail to Danny’s Trail on Sunday, Aug. 11 near the rest stop in Port au Port West-Aguathuna-Felix Cove. FRANK GALE/ THE WESTERN STAR
The 15-year-old twin grandchildren of Danny McCann, Chayse McCann, left; and Crawford, are seen after unveiling a monument at the renaming of the Gravels Trail to Danny’s Trail on Sunday, Aug. 11 near the rest stop in Port au Port West-Aguathuna-Felix Cove. FRANK GALE/ THE WESTERN STAR
Danny McCann recognized with renaming of Gravels Trail in his honour
By Frank Gale