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Ed Vatcher was well-known for his love of antique cars and could often be spotted cruising around Lewisporte with his wife Winnie in his 1954 Ford Custom.
Ed Vatcher was well-known for his love of antique cars and could often be spotted cruising around Lewisporte with his wife Winnie in his 1954 Ford Custom. - Contributed

Former councillor and commander of Air Cadets, Edward Vatcher, leaves a legacy

LEWISPORTE, N.L.

Whether it was as a councillor, cadet leader, active member of church, or tow truck operator, Edward (Ed) Clarence Vatcher was a man you could count on.

“I’m proud of him,” his son, Rod Vatcher, told The Central Voice. “That legacy that he leaves behind; you could see, he treated everybody the same. Didn’t matter who you were or your background, he treated you with the respect he felt you deserved.”

Ed passed away peacefully in Grand Falls-Windsor Nov. 5. He was 77 years old. Born in North Harbour, his family were pioneers in the Pentecostal Church in the province and they moved around a lot. When he lived in Gander, Ed was part of the Air Cadet program there. He could fly a plane before he was legally able to drive, Rod said.

Remembered for his dedication to the Pentecostal Church, town council, and Air Cadets – not to mention the family business he helped run – the setting of his service didn’t seem to matter much to Ed. It was all about making the community better for everyone.

“We helped a lot of people that way,” Rod said of the days and nights he spent operating the tow truck with his father. “He took a lot of pride in knowing that the police, or the people, knew that they could call any time of the day or night, and he would come help.”

Lewisporte – Twillingate MHA Derek Bennett credits Ed with the seeds of his political career, but knew him long before that. Bennett was an Air Cadet in his youth and looked up to his leader.

“Ed was the kind of fellow who was independent in his thinking and had a great love for the community.”

-Rev. Arthur Elliott

“A lot of it was his attitude,” Bennett said. “He was caring, just the way he related with people. He wanted people, especially youth, to be their best.”

Later, it was Ed who put the bug in Bennett’s ear to run for provincial office, and was supportive thereafter.

“Ed was definitely a strong family man, and his contributions to the community is what stands out to me,” Bennett said. “He wanted people to do well and live comfortably, and he wanted to do his part in that.”

Like many, Rev. Arthur Elliott knew Ed in a variety of roles in the community over the years. He noted how his service on council from 2011 to the fall of 2017 was something of an extension of how he lived his life.

“Ed was the kind of fellow who was independent in his thinking and had a great love for the community,” Elliott said.

“I think he would want to see this community that he was such a part of progress, and he would have emphasized that working with youth was a responsible and rewarding path. He’d want his legacy to be one of faith and community responsibility.”

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