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Bruce Pearson retiring from the Truro Daily News


TRURO - After more than 41 years in the newspaper business, long-time Truro Daily News employee Bruce Pearson is ready to turn a new page.

Bruce Pearson, middle, regional manager of business development for the Northern Nova Scotia group of TC Media newspapers, will retire from the Truro Daily News today, marking an end to his 41-year tenure with the paper. Staff members wishing him well are Sherry Martell, left, Krista Gregory, Danielle Johnson, Michele MacLeod, Judy Morrell and Debbie Brown.

He retires from his post in advertising Friday, taking with him fond memories.

"I'm looking forward to retirement, but this has been my family for nearly 42 years and I'm going to miss all these faces," said Pearson, regional manager of business development for the Northern Nova Scotia group of TC Media newspapers.

Pearson, 63, officially joined the Truro Daily News as a full-time employee in 1974 as an advertising representative, a couple years after finishing high school. But his relationship with the paper began at a much younger age - at 11 years old he delivered the paper to homes and businesses around the town.

During his tenure at the paper he has held several positions including delivery, circulation, the pressroom and advertising.

"I've worked with a lot of people over the years but one thing that stands out that you don't see everywhere else is it always seemed like a family," he said.

During his time at the paper he has seen generations of families grow from the Truro Daily News with co-workers who have had children, and now have grandchildren. He said they have shared highs and lows together, from weddings and baby showers to departures, retirements and other life events.

"We worked hard together but we played together too," he said with a hearty belly laugh and a tear in his eye, thinking about the good times he's shared with his Truro Daily News family.

His role at the paper also led to a great deal of involvement in the community. He has served with various organizations such as the chamber of commerce, Kinsmen, Rotary Club, the Children's Aid Society and more. He was also heavily involved in fastball in a number of ways for more than 30 years of his career, from volunteering with the league to coaching. He was also a member of the Colchester Liberal Association in the past.

Pearson has worked for at least five companies as the newspaper changed hands during the past 40 years, most recently TC Media.

"The paper was such a big part of my life over that period of time," said the retiree. "I've met a lot of my friends over the years that were clients of the Truro Daily News."

He said one of the biggest changes over the years has been the evolution of newspapers from print only to digital media, offering clients many marketing opportunities.

Truro Daily News publisher Richard Russell said he has relied heavily on Pearson over the years and will miss not having him to ask, "Bruce do you remember?"

"He always does and I never do," said Russell.

"I've worked with Bruce for the past 15 years and he's always been open to new concepts and always prepared to champion change. Bruce is an institution at the Daily News and the place just won't be the same without him.

"I wish him well with his retirement and I know we'll be reaching out to him for advice and counsel going forward."

Pearson said he feels privileged because few people can say their career ended where it started with a company more than four decades before.

"It's been a good journey," he said. "I want to thank everyone for having faith in me and for their cooperation."

 

 

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