Stan Spicers

Hannah Morton
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Pioneer of lighthouse preservation honoured with plague near his Spencers Island heritage.

Stan Spicers

ADVOCATE - The late Stan Spicer will forever be remembered as a pioneer of lighthouse preservation. In honour of his life's work and dedicated spirit for all things along the Parrsborough Shore, a plaque was presented to his wife, Gwen, at a recent ceremony at Spencer's Island lighthouse.

"I am proud to have been a part of life with Stan," said Spicer.

Ten years before the Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society was established, Spicer initiated the process of protecting lighthouses, including the one in Spencer's Island, his hometown.

"I remember the day the keys to the lighthouse were turned over to the Spencer's Island Community Association. It was a lovely day," recalled Spicer, with a tear and a smile, as she accepted the plaque.

Many guests attended the event including Dan Conlin, curator of marine history at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

"The information Stan compiled is a very important generational link. He worked hard to ensure that the history of ships and the people who worked on them will carry on," said Conlin.

Spicer completed several books, including 'Masters of Sail' and 'Age of Sail; Master Shipbuilders of the Maritimes'.

"Working at the museum, if I ever had a question about something I would always call Stan. He was always so enthusiastic about his work. I always looked forward to calling him," said Conlin.

Dr. Kelvin Ogilvie, past president of Acadia University Spicer spoke of Spicer's community mindedness.

"He was a great citizen, deeply rooted in his community whose work we will benefit from for many years to come," said Dr. Ogilvie.

The plaque honouring Spicer is now mounted on a wall in the Spencer's Island Lighthouse. It can be visited daily between 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. until the end of September.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society, Island Community Association, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic Acadia University Spicer Spicer's

Geographic location: Spencers Island

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