Twillingate Mayor Gordon Noseworthy said the two boys who died in a weekend boating accident were special, and known to everyone in the town.
"They're different," he said. "There's no video games in their life. They're on the wharf every day of the week."
The two boys, age 10 and 12-years-old were found dead in the ocean off the town's shores Sunday, along with a middle-aged man.
The search is on for a second man who was with the other three in a five-metre open boat.
"We're hoping they'll come up with the fourth body," Noseworthy said. "With the fourth body, if we don't recover it, it's going to leave a gaping hole in the whole situation."
The two little brothers were always out and about, and well known in the community.
Recently, he said, the Lion's Club advertised for volunteers to help re-shingle their roof.
"Them two little brutes showed up, and they were there for the day," Noseworthy said. "Now, they can't do no shingling, but when they had it all done, you never had to pick up any garbage, they had it all picked up."
Today is the kickoff of the Fish Fun and Folk Festival in Twillingate, but Noseworthy said some of the events may be changed in light of the tragedy.
This evening, there was a planned fireworks display and concert. It was supposed to be taking place right next to the house of the mother of the man who is still missing.
Instead, there will be a candlelight vigil on a wharf on the south side of the town.