A charity golf tournament is being planned in memory of Paul Reynolds. — Submitted photo
Jason Reynolds says he’d like to raise $1 million in memory of his father, and the first step is a charity golf tournament next month in St. John’s.
When Paul Reynolds died in 2011, he was the province’s chief electoral officer, and Premier Kathy Dunderdale noted his passing in the House of Assembly.
“I started thinking about it shortly after he passed away in April of 2011.
“I wanted to do something to remember him, and golf was kind of my initial thought,” Jason Reynolds said. “My father was an avid golfer. He played, probably, four or five times a week when he could.”
Money raised will go to the Candlelighters, an organization that supports families with children fighting cancer.
Jason said his father had a career in the private sector and a life in politics, as well as his role as chief electoral officer.
He started as a community volunteer in Wedgewood Park.
“Eventually, when the town became incorporated he was on the town council from day one, and basically he was on the Wedgewood Park town council right until amalgamation. At that point, he was mayor of Wedgewood Park and moved on to represent the ward on St. John’s city council,” Jason said.
“He was always involved in politics, usually in a behind-the-scenes manner.
“You know, riding associations, campaign manager, but you know, always kind of serving the community.”
Jason said he doesn’t expect to raise $1 million this year, but he’s had a really good response to the golf tournament, and he hopes it will become an annual thing.
“Hopefully within 10 years we’ll have $1 million raised,” he said. “This is the inaugural year, so we’re just kind of getting our feet wet.”
The golf tournament takes place on Sept. 12 at Clovelly Golf Club in St. John’s.
For more information, people can go to http://GolfForePaul.com.