Sign auction supports Parrsboro Communities in Bloom

Andrew Wagstaff
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Town councillor walks off with Leafs sign

Rob Fancy (right) was the lucky winner of the Toronto Maple Leafs sign that used to hang above the storefront of Dave's Barber Shop on Main Street, when it was auctioned off recently by Ian Black. The effort raised $150 for the local Communities in Bloom campaign.

PARRSBORO – For years it hung above the door at Dave’s Barber Shop on Main Street, and now it has found a new home, but not without benefiting the street one more time.

The homemade Toronto Maple Leafs sign that Dave “Pidge” Morris once showed off proudly is now in the hands of town councillor Rob Fancy, who won the sign in an auction held by Ian Black.

“The reason I bid on it is because I know it’s going to a real good cause,” said Fancy, who picked up his prize at Black’s Main Street shop, The Tee-Shirtery, this week.

Although Morris was known as a die-hard Leafs fan during his days in Parrsboro, it appears he gave up on the team when he moved to Truro several years ago, abandoning his beloved sign in the process.

It ended up in Black’s possession, and he wasn’t sure what to do with it until recently, when Parrsboro revived its efforts in the Communities in Bloom program.

“It was of no use to me or the building, so I thought, ‘Well, it’s a part of the heritage of Parrsboro… it’s iconic memorabilia.’ So, I thought it would be better auctioning it off, and 100 per cent of the proceeds go to the Communities in Bloom.”

Bids started out at $50, then rose to $150 when Fancy won. Rival bidder Earle MacAloney agreed to donate $50 to the cause if Fancy won, according to Black.

“I’m just pleased that it was wanted, and that it was appreciated for what it was,” said Black. “The Communities in Bloom gets to benefit as well.”

As the Maple Leafs prepare for a rare run at the playoffs, Fancy would not reveal his specific plans for the sign.

“Some of the Bruins fans around here are going to get a little surprise,” he said, with a grin. “And one Ottawa Senators fan.”

Twitter: @ADNandrew

Organizations: Toronto Maple Leafs, Barber Shop, Ottawa Senators

Geographic location: PARRSBORO, Truro

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Recent comments

  • bob kellegrew
    April 11, 2013 - 04:57

    You can always tell that it's spring in Toronto, because the leafs are out.

  • Charlie Joseph
    April 10, 2013 - 13:59

    BEWARE! as a transplant from Toronto, I'd like to tell you that Maple Leafs Sport and Entertainment are notoriously litigious. They have sued businesses with homemade signs that they deem to inflinge on their brand and logo. NO JOKE! They may not win on the ice, but they are undefeated superstars at suing people.