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Labrador West Pioneers: Joseph and Eileen Hynes

The Hynes Family in 1983.
The Hynes Family in 1983. - Contributed

LABRADOR CITY, N.L.

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

CANADA

Joseph and Eileen Hynes easily represent all the components that make them elite members of our community of Labrador West, true pioneers.

Joseph arrived in Labrador West in June of 1971 at age 17 from St. John’s. Eileen arrived in Labrador West from her home in Twillingate in 1972. They were not here long before they were together as not only a couple, but were also in the baking business that has seen 47 years together.

When we all stop and think about the special folks from within our community that have given their lives to each other and the needs of our community, there is very little doubt that Joseph and Eileen have done just that for all of these years.


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Just imagine for a moment our community without Joseph and Eileen, without them and the bakery. It wouldn’t take too many days to see the gaping hole created in our homes and our lives without their goodies.

Their bread and all of the other related products that they bake every day for all of their customers are incredible. They provide these baked products each and every week, all year long, to all of Labrador West as well as shipments to Fremont, Churchill Falls and Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

All of this has been going on for the last 47 years. Joseph and Eileen have been quietly looking after a very large part of our communities baking needs all of these years. This has been a very important need addressed by these folks, done over all of these years, by these hard working folks.

Joseph said when he was 18, shortly after his arrival in Labrador West, he was offered a job at the Iron Ore Company of Canada. He appreciated the offer but graciously declined. He was a baker and that was it. He has never regretted the decision from that day until this.

He and Eileen have spent all of these years sharing their lives, their bakery and all the while raising three sons, who are all adults now, and living a shared life as an important part of Labrador West without a single regret.

When asked if there was an end game in site for Joseph and Eileen to call it a day in front of the ovens, he only smiled.

He said, “It’s like the bread, when it looks exactly right, we will know when its done, not quite yet.”

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