Bacon to be ‘roasted’ by his curling peers

Darrell Cole, The Amherst News
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Fundraiser to help Amherst Curling Club

AMHERST – Since he retired from politics 20 years ago, former premier Roger Bacon has become an avid curler and golfer and has thrown his support behind efforts to upgrade the Amherst Curling Club.

The Amherst Curling Club is hosting a roast for former premier Roger Bacon on April 29.

The club plans to say thanks and raise a few dollars by hosting a roast beef dinner in Bacon’s honour at the club on April 29.

The event will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by a roast beef dinner at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $40 and are available at Mansour’s Men’s Wear, Focal Point Photography and Framing and Holmes-Maltby Drycleaners.

“Over the years Roger has become a constant presence at the curling club and he has become a huge supporter of our organization,” organizing committee member Joan Cameron said. “This is a way for us to say thanks to Roger while raising some important money for the club as we head into the summer season.”

Cameraon said the roast is taking place in the upstairs portion of the curling club so space will be limited. She suggested those wanting to attend to get their tickets as soon as possible.

Bacon and his late wife, Clara, curled for many years when he was in both municipal and provincial politics. He served in several executive capacities including president during the 1970-71 season.

He and Clara also supported a number of fundraising events for new curling rocks and a new lighting system. His leadership also helped the club overcome some tough times.

In 2008, both he and Alice Duxbury were named life members.

Bacon has also been honoured by the Cumberland Health Care Foundation and the Amherst Rotary Club for his community service.

Cameron said the event will be non-political, although she would not be surprised to hear some humourous stories from Bacon’s lengthy political career that included serving in municipal government and in several government portfolios including agriculture, tourism, housing and deputy premier under John Buchanan.

It was after Buchanan retired in 1990 that Bacon was named the premier until the Progressive Conservatives selected Donald Cameron to lead them into the 1993 election. Bacon retired from politics prior to the election.

Since then, he has volunteered his time as an auctioneer and was quite instrumental in the Cumberland Health Care Foundation.

Organizations: Cumberland Health Care Foundation, Amherst Rotary Club, Progressive Conservatives

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