Librarian Vicki Etchegary-Lockyer was present at that time, helping out with a slide show that was being presented to the public during the official ceremonies. She had heard that MacIntyre might be returning in May.
After hearing this news, she readily requested his email address. She then invited him to a meet and greet that the public library has been hosting on a regular basis, with this one being held May 16.
It gave people, not only from St. Lawrence but surrounding areas as well, an opportunity to meet MacIntyre, chat informally and have their books autographed.
Not often does one get the opportunity to listen and chat afterwards with an esteemed novelist, journalist and award winning Canadian broadcaster.
The local library committee — chair Debbie Etchegary, and members Elaine Beck, Jean Slaney, Beatrice Beck, Nancy Molloy and Angela Cull were all there to host the evening.
Linden MacIntyre’s parents (Dan and Alice MacIntyre) were living in St. Lawrence back in 1943 when Alice gave birth to a son, Linden on May 29, 1943 at the Burin Cottage Hospital.
Dan MacIntyre was a hard rock miner who came to St. Lawrence to work in the mines and brought along his wife a year later.
Dan, because of his mining experience, became mining captain with the St. Lawrence Mines.
His mother, who is 100-years-old and remains in relatively good health, still talks about her life in St. Lawrence and how wonderful the people of the community were to her family.
MacIntyre’s Godparents, the late Loretta Walsh and her brother, the late Alonzo Walsh, kept in contact with him and sent him gifts throughout his younger years.
MacIntyre feels very much at home in St. Lawrence, talking to descendants of his parents friends. He can see today why his mother spoke so humbly and appreciatively of the people of St Lawrence.
MacIntyre was in the area gathering data to write another book. He visited St. Lawrence a number of times and has plans to return in August during Come Home Year.
He is researching in great depth with families who remain here, those who have moved elsewhere — as far as Boston — to hear about their past experiences in St. Lawrence.