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Labrador West Pioneer: Larry Jenkins

Larry Jenkins
Larry Jenkins - Gary Shaw

Larry Jenkins and his wife Trixie didn’t waste any time in heading to Labrador after they were married on Aug. 21, 1968. They left for Cartwright on the boat on Aug. 22.

Larry was a teacher and assumed his duties in the classroom in Cartwright right away. They spent from 1968-71 in Cartwright. While in Cartwright, Larry spent the summers teaching seven students in Snug Harbour. These students came from Norman’s Bay. At that time, there had to be at least 14 students from any community to qualify for a full-time teacher. This summer program was the only formal schooling those children received at that time.


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Larry and Trixie arrived in Labrador City in 1973 where Larry assumed a teaching position at A.P. Low teaching the Grade 8 class. He kept this position from 1973-76.

In 1977 Larry went to Memorial University and finished a master’s degree. At the completion of his degree Larry returned to complete his teaching career at the Menihek School until his retirement at the end of the school year in 1997.

Larry and Trixie have been an important and valued part of the Labrador West community for all of these years. Larry has given unconditionally to several generations of our young people throughout his teaching career.

They have also raised their two children in Labrador West. They are both adults with their son living and working in British Columbia and their daughter following in Dad’s footsteps. She lives in Labrador City with her husband and two children and is also a teacher.

Since his retirement, Larry sure hasn’t been at home sitting on his hands. He and Trixie have been active volunteers at the church for many years, contributing in a very positive way to the community.

Larry has been for many years, actively involved in downhill skiing, golf and soccer. He also has a go at the fish from time to time.

Both he and Trixie are cabin people as well. They have had their cabin down on Albert Lake for many years. There first cabin since 1978 and then a new one built in 1990 which they still have and use on a regular basis.

Their cabin at Albert Lake has been one of the many outdoor studios that Larry uses for what he is best known for. There is no one in Labrador West who has taken as many photographs of the northern lights as Larry.

I don’t know if Larry himself could begin to calculate the hours spent over so many years getting that perfect shot. If you were to collect the 10 best northern lights photographs ever taken on this planet, and put them in a room with the 10 folks who took them, Larry Jenkins would be there.

His photographs adorn the walls of a good many homes and cabins in Labrador, that’s a given. They are also scattered literally all over the planet. He truly is a master in capturing the magic in the northern lights through his photography.

Most of the Pioneer articles that I share with you seem to end a lot the same, this one is no different with the last question that I always ask. Do you have any regrets in coming here and staying so long?

Larry’s answers echoes them all. Not a single regret, it has been a good life, a safe place to live, a great place to raise a family and a community that cares about each other and shows it by their actions.

As we end this story here, congratulations from us all in Labrador West to Larry and Trixie as they will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 21.

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