As the current editor of the Gazette J.R. Rardon packs up his desk this week, I have been reflecting what a great loss it will be to the community when he moves on to his new post at Black Press on the mid-Island.
I imagine most people in the North Island have come across J.R. in some capacity. If your children were involved in organized sport or dance he likely photographed them. If you attended community events you’ve seen him snapping away with his camera. If you were involved in something ‘newsworthy’ he probably interviewed you.
In my experience J.R. has always gone above any beyond the call of duty in his work as a photographer and as Editor of the newspaper. He has probably personally attended a thousand soccer and hockey games, baseball tournaments, curling bonspiels, and dance recitals. When he could have only stayed long enough to get a token shot he engaged in the event and usually stayed for an extended period.
The North Island as a whole has truely benefited from his quiet, behind the scenes involvement in so many aspects of the community. We are also very fortunate to have the photographic archive that he leaves at the North Island Gazette of his time here. In years to come those photographs will become a priceless treasure and a piece of our history.
So good luck J.R. as you move on to your new role. Thanks for everything that you’ve given the North Island. We appreciate it!