The Shepherd of Red Island comes home

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80-year-old man buried beside his mother in resettled community

It was an unusual funeral procession for an unusual man. Four boats steamed for an hour and a half Thursday through Placentia Bay toward the resettled community of Red Island. There was singing, laughter, seasickness and stories on the ride out, the more than 50 people spread out over the four vessels coming together to grant the last wish of a man who lay in a casket wrapped in a tarpaulin on the deck of one of the boats. Jimmy Corrigan — the Shepherd of Red Island — was coming home.

Corrigan was born in a different time and let modernization pass him by in favour of the life he was born into in the community of Red Island. He took to tending the community’s flock of sheep as a boy, which earned him the nickname “The Shepherd.”

Wayne Traverse, whose father was very close to Jimmy, says Jimmy roamed Red Island tending to his flock barefoot as a teenager. When a man gave him a pair of rubber boots, Jimmy is said to have claimed they only slowed him down.

In recent years, Nick Traverse had half a dozen sheep left on Red Island with Jimmy.

“He was a very dear friend of mine,” says Nick.

When Red Island was resettled in the 1960s, Jimmy had to move.

“He left in resettlement. He told me he never got paid for no land,” says Nick.

He worked the lumber camps and went to Churchill Falls for a spell, but once the dust had settled over centralization, Jimmy and another man named Morris Barry came back to their island home. Jimmy had the island to himself for the most part. He picked up where he left off — fishing and tending to his flock.

“He lived his life out here,” Nick says.

And while he kept up the practice of keeping sheep for sustenance, it wasn’t by his hand that the animals met their demise.

“He didn’t have the heart to slaughter them for food,” says Nick.

Jimmy would go get water while Nick killed an animal. He would cook enough for a few days and salt a bunch more to make it last.

The reality of the life Jimmy Corrigan chose can probably never be understood unless replicated, but as Red Island breaks through the fog and the floating funeral procession pulls up to the wharf, the reality of it is a little clearer.

What’s left of Jimmy’s home sits on a small head of land at the mouth of the tiny harbour.

One shack lies in ruins. The green cabin that he called home is standing, but there’s not much else to say of it other than that. While it must have been in somewhat better shape when still in use, there’s no doubt this was never the abode of a man who cared for material possessions.

Wayne Traverse says when Jimmy sold off his fishing licence and a $100,000 cheque for it came in the mail, he told them to just toss it in his drawer.

The population of Red Island is said to have been 500 strong at one point. On this day, there are the rundown shacks of those who once walked here and the well-kept cabins of those who live elsewhere, but still return.

The wharf fills with people as Jimmy’s friends and family disembark from the boats. The men set to work right away. His casket is unwrapped and strapped to a small trailer pulled by a quad.

Albert Mulroney leads the way carrying a white cross. Behind him comes the quad carrying Jimmy. And behind that, a line of people who quite obviously loved him. They have come together to bring him here to fulfil his last wish.

Ten men came out the day before and dug his grave by hand. Now the line of people celebrating his life weaves around the cabins and up over the hill to where Jimmy will rest. It’s a collective, selfless act earned by a man through how he chose to live.

“He was a unique man, I can say that. He loved everybody and he cared gently about the land and the environment that he was in,” says Norm Cheeseman, Jimmy’s nephew.

It’s not lost on Norm how strong-minded Jimmy must have been to live on this island alone during the winters. The last time Placentia Bay is remembered to have frozen over completely, Jimmy’s sister couldn’t reach him on the VHF radio. She feared the worst and sent a helicopter with some food and a nurse to find him. They saw his tracks in the snow and found him in his cabin.

“The nurse wanted to check him out, and he said, ‘You’re not touching me,’” says Nick, adding that he doesn’t think Jimmy saw a doctor until his 70s.

Jimmy stayed with Doreen Traverse at times in the last 24 years. A couple of times a year, he would come in from the island. He also lived with her full time the last three or four years when failing health meant he could no longer make it to Red Island.

“He loved kids,” Doreen says. “When he was dying, on the Saturday morning at 7:30 there was a teenager came in and gave him a kiss and a hug.”

There are plenty of young people snaking their way up to the gravesite overlooking the island. There’s an obvious collision of lifestyles here. The odd cellphone is dropped and fetched from the mud as the line climbs further up over mud and rock. A iPad in a young woman’s hands is recording the event. It’s in stark contrast to what life must have been like for Jimmy on Red Island.

As the casket is lifted off the trailer and the men carry Jimmy up to his resting place, his true reason for asking these people to bring him back here — perhaps part of the reason this man chose to spend so much time alone here — is waiting for him next to his gravesite.

“He always said his mother was alone. It was all about his mother,” says Doreen.

His mother died before the community was resettled. His father was buried in Placentia. His sister will be buried there, too. Jimmy didn’t want to leave his mother on Red Island by herself.

After he is lowered down by hand and some words are spoken, a man with a guitar stands by Jimmy’s grave and starts to sing Harry Martin’s “This is my home.”

I have no silver, no diamonds, or gold,

But I am far richer by the visions I hold;

‘Cause I’ve seen the mountains and I’ve seen the sea,

I’ve seen all their beauty and lived a life that is free.

The many voices gathered to celebrate Jimmy’s unique life come together as one as people join the singing.

When I am weary and it’s time to rest,

Please take this old body to the place I love best;

Somewhere on that mountain turn my face to the sea,

And let the wind in the treetops sing me to sleep.

josh.pennell@thetelegram.com

Geographic location: Red Island, Placentia Bay

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  • ruth edwards
    May 17, 2014 - 11:16

    beautiful brings on the tears soon have me rubber boots filled

  • Doreen and Dominic Traverse
    September 22, 2013 - 19:20

    We are the family of Jimmy Corrigan and we would like to thank you for the heartwarming story you published on our "Jimmy". He was an ordinary humble man and you helped us in showing everyone his true character. We are so thankful to you Josh that you accompanied us on Jimmy's final journey home. The beautiful story you did on him helped us cope with our loss. It showed many readers how much he was loved, how life was in Newfoundland before resettlement, and helped people reminisce about their days gone by. We feel so great that we fulfilled Jimmy's wishes and that you were there with us, which allowed those that were not present to be a part of that special day. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

  • Boyd Rideout...
    September 21, 2013 - 12:01

    Touching story...

  • cassandra yonder
    September 16, 2013 - 08:35

    A good old fashioned home funeral! As a rural Death Midwife in Nova Scotia, I help families to provide their own post death care at home without professional assistance. Feel free to contact me for more information! Cassandra Yonder BEyond Yonder Death Midwifery www.deathmidwifery.ca Or check out the National Home Funeral Alliance to learn more about reclaiming community deathcare. http://homefuneralalliance.org/

  • Lorrien
    September 16, 2013 - 08:08

    God Bless everyone who gave this man is last wish, he is home to stay. RIP Jimmie.

  • Chipo
    September 15, 2013 - 21:04

    RIP Jimmy. What a man

  • Eric hilliard
    September 15, 2013 - 20:32

    What a very unique person..... and a very well writtten article on the gentleman.

  • Eric hilliard
    September 15, 2013 - 20:29

    What a very unique person..... and a very well writtten article on the gentleman.

  • Eileen
    September 15, 2013 - 12:22

    A very well written article covering love , peace and friendship. What an honor n tribute to be granted a final wish such as this. It truly shows the measure of a man, one not for riches nor gold but of love and kindness . How blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful friends and family .A story of history . Thank you

  • Mary Benoit
    September 15, 2013 - 10:11

    This brought tears to my eyes. What a wonderful down to earth man Jimmy was.Close to God ,loved his family and now resting in the land he also loved. The song sung at his graveside is beautiful as well. My granddaughter sang this at the Kiwanis when she was 7 years old. It is a most fitting farewell song for Jimmy. Rest in Peace by your mom's side.

  • Joan Wade
    September 15, 2013 - 10:04

    Heartwarming,imagine if we could all leave this world loved and respected,we have so many riches that has nothing to do with money,truly Blessed!

  • Lillian Smith
    September 15, 2013 - 01:08

    What A Beautiful Story Of Jimmy...I Was So Moved About This Story & His Love For His Mother & Not Wanting Her To Be Alone There...And The Love He Had For The Little Island Where He Was Born...How Beautiful...God Bless Everyone That Had Taken The Time To Show Such Love & Respect For Jimmy....I Just Want To Thank Each & Ever Newfoundlander That Granted Jimmy's His Wish...You Newfies Are The Best...Love Every One Of You ....I Am So Proud To Be A Newfounderlander Myself...R.I.P. Jimmy.....Lillian Smith Calgary AB...

  • Eileen
    September 15, 2013 - 00:02

    Very moving

  • Eileen Traverse
    September 14, 2013 - 23:42

    A very amazing truly unique story . This is a story of love , kindness and definitely shows the measure of a man. a man who cared for nor riches nor gold but only wanted to have peace ,comfort and happiness. How wonderful to be loved in such a way that your final wish is answered . I can only imagine the smile on his face when the final clay was placed and he was settled back in his home land . You all did an amazing job and this is an incredible story .well written

  • Trina
    September 14, 2013 - 22:21

    Beautiful story...How heartwarming for his wishes to return home and for those to see it happen! Brought tears to my eyes...Bless you all

  • Rosanne
    September 14, 2013 - 21:01

    This story will tug at your heart strings. Beautifully written and without a doubt Jimmy lived a life that many of us would love to be able to experience again. A devoted son...may you and your mom rest in peace forever!

  • Rosanne
    September 14, 2013 - 21:00

    This story will tug at your heart strings. Beautifully written and without a doubt Jimmy lived a life that many of us would love to be able to experience again. A devoted son...may you and your mom rest in peace forever!

  • Vicki Kell
    September 14, 2013 - 18:58

    Beautiful people carried out this big endeavour to bury this gentle man. He was loved by many, I can tell, each in your own way. Love is never ending. Even in his death his dream of being laid beside is mom is now done. God bless you all.

  • Jan Baker
    September 14, 2013 - 18:43

    What a wonderful but sad aswell story. I hope my friends do the same for me when I expire. My god bless you all.

  • Florence L. Woodford
    September 14, 2013 - 18:18

    This beautiful story of a fine man has brought tears to my eyes. It is truly wonderful and so kind that the people granted his final wish. Jimmy was blessed to have family and friends like all of you. God Bless Jimmy and God Bless all of you.

  • cgray
    September 14, 2013 - 17:49

    A very moving story about a man who has never forgotten his mother's love. Wonderful that his wish was fulfilled and now he is resting in peace beside her.

  • Ed Leonard
    September 14, 2013 - 14:51

    A most inspirational story bringing many back to their roots and a reminder to all the meaning of "dignity".

  • M. Ryan
    September 14, 2013 - 11:09

    Jimmy was very dear to the Traverse family and I know this family would have moved heaven and earth to get Jimmy to his final resting place. Compassion is still alive here in Newfoundland. Mr. Pennell, you Sir can certainly write a beautiful story and would love to read more uplifting stories as this. Thank you.

  • elizabeth barbour
    September 14, 2013 - 10:06

    r I p jimmy Corrigan, and bless the ones that brought him home, I think this act was so beautiful

  • Dan Jeddore
    September 14, 2013 - 10:00

    I'm from Conne River, just up the shore from Red Island. The part of your story that made me emotional was about his mom's gravesite and where he (Jimmy) was going to be lad to rest and why.

  • Carol
    September 14, 2013 - 08:47

    I was moved by the love of this community to Bring Jimmy home,you must be so proud to belong to such a wonderful circle of friends,God Bless You All....

  • Rose Harding
    September 14, 2013 - 08:03

    I truly enjoyed reading about the life of Jimmy Corrigan he was so well loved by all ,his friends went through so much to see that his wishes were carried out also the pictures of his friends carrying his casket are so heartwarming and yet so sad I want to congraluate Josh Pennell for writing such an excellent story about such a dear sweet man !

  • Danny
    September 14, 2013 - 07:18

    Wht wonderful story about wonderful man... RIP Mr. Corrign, you had the courage and tenacity that is a missing trait in our populace this day and age... I believe most of us would love to live the lifestyle that you chose, and your are proof that it can be done... run free with your mom...

  • Eric Hillier
    September 14, 2013 - 06:59

    What a beautiful story! A wish I'm sure many people who were resettled from their island homes would wish they could have fulfilled.

  • Douglas Bachewich
    September 14, 2013 - 02:07

    May Jimmy and his Mother rest comfortably forever, together again.

  • Douglas Bachewich
    September 14, 2013 - 02:05

    May Jimmy and his Mother rest comfortably forever, together again.

  • Douglas Bachewich
    September 14, 2013 - 02:04

    May Jimmy and his Mother rest comfortably forever, together again.

  • Les Hann
    September 13, 2013 - 23:44

    What a beautiful story. The world needs a lot more people like him. It would be a far better place.

  • Herb Morrison
    September 13, 2013 - 20:29

    Heartwarming. R.I.P.

  • Herb Morrison
    September 13, 2013 - 20:27

    Heartwarming. R.I.P.

  • Joan Dawson
    September 13, 2013 - 20:21

    Congratulations to Josh Pennell for writing such a beautiful piece and to the Telegram for placing it on the front page. It says an awful lot about the community that he lived in that he was allowed to live life as he chose.That same community respect honored his last wishes and took the time to bring him back to Red Island.There's also a story about Mr. Corrigan on Larry Dohey's Archival Moments .

  • johanna hayward
    September 13, 2013 - 20:16

    what a wonderful story it brought tears to my eyes

  • Maurice Arsenault
    September 13, 2013 - 19:53

    The following is an extract from my journal on July 11, 2006, while sailing Placentia Bay with my sister Jeannine, from Montreal. "We also meet Jim Corrigan, a permanent resident. We call him the Mayor. He tells us where he lives and we tell him that we will look him up later on. He used to raise sheep but they now are in Placentia. Most people here were relocated somewhere by the Government back in the 60’s. Fonze (Mulrooney) says “we were relocated to nowhere” and would rather be here. We walk around the little cove and meet some the local young ones like Heidi who is a student in Placentia and her brother Cyril. The “Mayor” Jim Corrigan is at his house, soaking salt cod to eat for breakfast the next morning. He shows us around his very modest house. He is content living by himself with very little possessions. We feel sorry for him in a way, but who knows, it is said that “rich people are those who need little”."

  • Patricia Alexander ( Marche )
    September 13, 2013 - 19:36

    This is beautiful, now he is in his resting place and with his mother as he wished, he is a legend. rest in peace.

  • Ian Mews
    September 13, 2013 - 19:15

    God bless, rest in peace.

  • Chris Andrews
    September 13, 2013 - 18:55

    Great story Josh!!!

  • mary
    September 13, 2013 - 18:26

    I grew up on Red Island and Jimmy Corrigan was very kind to our family. I will never forget him . Thank you to the writer if this fine story for telling others about our "Good Shepherd".

  • Dan Murphy
    September 13, 2013 - 18:12

    This, by no doubt, is an amazing and wonderful wonderful story. And perhaps, for those who read it, an awakening........

  • joe
    September 13, 2013 - 17:55

    great story nlers are a special breed

  • MIKE RYAN
    September 13, 2013 - 17:39

    A fantastic and amazing story. We need more Jimmy Corrigan's in this world. God bless Jimmy and all the Newfoundlanders who followed through with his last wish. Salt of the earth people.

  • Gareth
    September 13, 2013 - 17:35

    I lived in NFLD from 1936 to 1947 and have missed the island and the people to this day. This story of Jimmy contains all the memories of the beautiful folks as I recall them in my old age. Thank you!

  • Mike
    September 13, 2013 - 17:31

    Fantastic story. God bless Jimmy Corrigan and the people who carried out his last wish. Salt of the earth people. Just fantastic. This is book writing material.

  • norm
    September 13, 2013 - 17:26

    i think that as a fitting tribute to that man. he wanted to be with his mom.when i die i hope they spread my ashes over my garden in carbonear that i keep so clean n tidy. look through my window n u see carbonear island.right in front of me.

  • Madonna Martin
    September 13, 2013 - 17:25

    Absolutely beautiful!

  • norm
    September 13, 2013 - 17:22

    i think that as a fitting tribute to that man. he wanted to be with his mom.when i die i hope they spread my ashes over my garden in carbonear that i keep so clean n tidy. look through my window n u see carbonear island.right in front of me.

  • Deborah Collins
    September 13, 2013 - 17:19

    Awesome and what a lovely way to finish your life. Family and friends great tune and warm memories. I would only hope that I can be remembered in good faith and love when my time comes and of course a swally and a song...... :)

  • Mike
    September 13, 2013 - 17:18

    Fantastic story. God bless Jimmy Corrigan and the people who carried out his last wish. Salt of the earth people. Just fantastic. This is book writing material.

  • Tara
    September 13, 2013 - 17:03

    What a beautiful story, I felt like I was there every moment of the journey. It strikes the souls of all Newfoundlanders and the heart of all of us blessed enough to be mothers!

  • Mary
    September 13, 2013 - 16:38

    Jimmy Corrigan helped our family so much when we were growing up.As a former Red Islander who was resettled as a child I want to say thank you so very much for celebrating him in your heartfelt story and photos. Thank You

  • Katrina
    September 13, 2013 - 16:38

    This story was chicken soup for my soul. Mr. Corrigan's life reminds me of a plaque that hung in a prominent place in our house when I was growing up ... He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much; who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who has left the world better than he found it whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who has never lacked appreciation of Earth's beauty or failed to express it; who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had; whose life was an inspiration; whose memory a benediction. Rest peacefully, Mr. Corrigan

  • Katrina
    September 13, 2013 - 16:36

    This story was chicken soup for my soul. Mr. Corrigan's life reminds me of a plaque that hung in a prominent place in our house when I was growing up ... He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much; who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who has left the world better than he found it whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who has never lacked appreciation of Earth's beauty or failed to express it; who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had; whose life was an inspiration; whose memory a benediction. Rest peacefully, Mr. Corrigan

  • Flo
    September 13, 2013 - 16:22

    He was a legend in his time..a beautiful story.God Bless and keep him on his beloved island.

  • Noelle Gilbert
    September 13, 2013 - 15:51

    This article, so beautifully written about a man who lived his life and died with such dignity-thanks to the people who made sure that his wishes were carried out.I did not know him but saw in him the spirit and determination that is typical in many Newfoundlanders of my parent's generation.

  • Noelle Gilbert
    September 13, 2013 - 15:50

    This article, so beautifully written about a man who lived his life and died with such dignity-thanks to the people who made sure that his wishes were carried out.I did not know him but saw in him the spirit and determination that is typical in many Newfoundlanders of my parent's generation.

  • Garry Bennett
    September 13, 2013 - 15:50

    A beautiful story, well out together, and God Bless You All.

  • Kirby
    September 13, 2013 - 15:09

    My ancestors were resettled from Harbor Buffett so perhaps his mother and my grand mother met at some church function. Good job Josh! There is surely something different/special about the people of Placentia Bay!

  • Helen Clarke.
    September 13, 2013 - 14:08

    This certainly brought Tears to My Eyes.A Wonderful Write Up Indeed.Thanks for Sharing.

  • Paula
    September 13, 2013 - 13:35

    I absolutely love this story.Over the years, I have known many people affected by resettlement and the heartbreak it caused.This is so real and heartwarming.I feel a sort of envy for some one that lead his life as he wanted and by his own rules.

  • Greta Rossiter
    September 13, 2013 - 13:24

    Wow, Its good to know there is people around to give a dying man his wish. Once I started reading I could not stop tell I read every word. God Bless

  • John Butt
    September 13, 2013 - 13:18

    Having been resettled myself in 1957 , I can appreciate this it is a wonderful story .

  • Jim Miller ,(Sackville Nova Scotia)
    September 13, 2013 - 13:08

    What a great wonderful story, Jimmy Corrigan is the kind of man I would love to have known what conversations one could have had with him.My hat goes off to the community for caring so much for Jimmy to see that his final wishes were carried out,they most certainly have loved this fine gentleman. My congratulations to each and everyone in that community you should be very proud of such a find deed you have done for Jimmy.Makes me proud to be a Newfoundlander.

  • Carol Codner
    September 13, 2013 - 12:51

    Home is home. We have to feel there hearts. I have an Uncle Bob Roper who is resting in Mars an Aunt Mary Hauge who was away in the States for most of her life and some of her ashes are out side the narrows. Her heart was aways home her in |St Johns. God be with you all. xoxo

  • TERRENCE PEDDLE
    September 13, 2013 - 12:33

    what a sad story about that man,,theres always kind and warm hearth men here on this rock..you sir will always me remeber for what u done for the shepherd man..

  • Maureen Anonsen
    September 13, 2013 - 12:10

    A heart warming story, beautifully told. Thanks to Josh for writing it and the telegram for recognizing how valuable this kind of journalism is.

  • George & Shirley Powell
    September 13, 2013 - 11:12

    This is a beautiful story, and congrats to the person who wrote it..Beautifully written, and it brought tears to my eyes as well..There's a lesson to be learned here for most of us.. Would loved to have had the opportunity of meeting this amazing man...R.I.P Mr. Corrigan

  • Doreen Ryan
    September 13, 2013 - 11:10

    R.I.P. Mr.Corrigan I Know That You Were Loved By Many and Will Never be Forgetten,I Feel Blessed for Knowing You in Even a Small Way. God Bless You,You are Safe in the Arms of God Now.

  • Greg Keating
    September 13, 2013 - 10:59

    Well said..

  • Deborah
    September 13, 2013 - 10:50

    As I sit in a hotel room overlooking Halifax harbor, I anticipate heading home, to NL. Reading your story did make me cry, made me reminice of my own Jimmy, my Dad who also enjoyed a very simple Life. Thankyou for the humbling read & carpturing the true essence of Human Spirit.

  • Marg Furey
    September 13, 2013 - 10:22

    What a beautiful story, it make you feel as if you are there walking along the path, would like to see a picture of this gentleman. Rest in Peace Jimmy.

  • Susan WAlsh
    September 13, 2013 - 10:09

    This is one of the most wonderful stories I have ever read in The Telegram. Was is written by Josh Pennell?

  • James
    September 13, 2013 - 09:42

    When I was a child we were forced to resettle to mainland NL. I remember my parents talking about it. The true heartache was not leaving all that you knew, the life, the home, the community. My mother was heartbroken by the leaving of her parents that were buried there. This is a touching story of a man who knew his place in life and was lucky to be surrounded by family and friends who honored his final wish. It's the way it should be.

  • Steve
    September 13, 2013 - 09:33

    I think the general trend of opinion here in the responses, mine included, is that this is an excellent article. Such a great read and a reason to celebrate life from a man who seemed to want so little. It was refreshing to read as a change from all the negativity in the news. I also agree a book would be a great idea and Josh you certainly have a flare for writing so who better to share the story in a book?

  • tracey
    September 13, 2013 - 09:22

    What a beautifully written piece. The pictures were wonderful. For such a quiet and unassuming man that Jimmy Corrigan was he would probably never understand all the attention he has garnered over the last few days. I would like to commend all the people involved in planning and executing such a marvelous send off for Jimmy, and returning him to the place his heart belonged. It was such a grand gesture of friendship and respect.

  • Randy
    September 13, 2013 - 09:00

    Great story, great writing, Mr. Pennell should consider writing a book on Jimmy Corrigan's life. It is an amazing human interest story that I am certain would make a great read. It would also probably cause us to reflect on what is really important in life.

  • Gerri
    September 13, 2013 - 08:58

    I would loved to have see a picture of this gentleman included...It takes a lot of courage for a man to live by his own rules..on his own...His story is very inspiring....may he rest in peace.

  • Kevin Power
    September 13, 2013 - 08:42

    Such a wonderful story.

  • Noella
    September 13, 2013 - 08:39

    Wonderful story.....a family from Red Island moved next door to us when they were resettled....it could not have been easy for any of them being moved from their homes...and their family layed to rest on Red Island.....this man had a warm heart and strong will for sure...well written story..

  • Anna
    September 13, 2013 - 08:20

    I sat on my patio this morning reading this story and my only regret was that the story wasn't longer. This was indeed beautifully written and Josh you are to be congratulated for such wonderful writing.

  • Donna & Jerome Lambe
    September 13, 2013 - 08:13

    I want to congratulate Josh for doing such an amazing story of our adventure to Red Island for the burial of our great friend Jim Corrigan. We were honored to have been a part of bringing Jim home to his final resting place to be with his mother. As I was reading your story Josh I could picture our every move. You did an awesome job in allowing your readers to be a part of Jim's final wish to return to Red Island, his home, to be buried with his mom.. Thank You!

  • Peggy
    September 13, 2013 - 08:10

    Touched my heart reading this as my father was from Red Island and my grandparents are laid to rest there as well. They were all very harding working and proud people.

  • Ned Anderson
    September 13, 2013 - 08:05

    A beautiful story about a man that appered to be of the true essence of what it is to be a Newfoundlander. If you do not have a tear come to your eye reading this story , or a longing to have people like this in your life , then you have no humanity.

  • Marty
    September 13, 2013 - 07:17

    Wow, what an interesting story. This man certainly wasn't afraid of hard work or being alone and didn't appear to value material things. we could all learn something from him. His story would make a great lifetime movie.

  • Dwayne Cull
    September 13, 2013 - 07:10

    Amazing story...good work!!

  • Eleanor
    September 13, 2013 - 06:50

    WOW How moving. We can almost envy that as a place to live a life and be buried after. Sleep well.

  • Ron LeDrew Sr.
    September 13, 2013 - 06:50

    Hi Josh....... Great story......this is true Newfoundland reporting! Congratulations on your new appointment with the Telegram! Ron

  • Randy Whitten
    September 13, 2013 - 06:42

    Beautifully written story. A lesson for all!

  • Sue
    September 13, 2013 - 06:32

    Beautiful story. Heartwrenching to think someone was loved so much!

  • dave
    September 13, 2013 - 05:55

    If this story don't bring a tear to your eye nothing will.May he R.I.P.

    • Doreen Ryan
      September 13, 2013 - 11:14

      R.I.P. Mr.Corrigan I Know That You Were Loved By Many and Will Never be Forgetten,I Feel Blessed for Knowing You in Even a Small Way. God Bless You,You are Safe in the Arms of God Now.I Know You are Missed by My Husbands Uncle...Maurice Barry.... Whom Like Jimmy Enjoyed the Most of his Home in Red Island. God Bless.