FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –
BENEFIT CONCERT FOR NL AUTHOR EARL PILGRIM
St. John’s, NL June 10th, 2018 – Karla Pilgrim and Janet Cull, niece and cousin of Earl Pilgrim are presenting a benefit concert at Wesley United Church on Patrick Street, Sunday, June 10th at 7pm. Performers are as follows; Janet Cull, The Secrets, Chris Andrews, Peter Halley, Darrin Martin, Evan Smith, Rachel Cousins, Jackie Sullivan, Doug and Todd Randell.
Tickets are $20 and available at the door or in advance at Wesley United and Fred’s Records.
Earl Pilgrim lost his home to a fire on Easter Sunday. The devastating loss included years of his work as an author as well as numerous awards.
Earl B. Pilgrim was born in St. Anthony in 1939. He received his early education in Roddickton, later studying Forestry at the College of Trades and Technology in St. John’s. He began his adult career in 1960 as an Infantryman in the Canadian Army, serving with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. While there, he became involved in the sport of boxing, eventually becoming the Canadian Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion.
Following a stint in the Forces, he took a job as a Forest Ranger with the Newfoundland and Labrador Forestry Department. During this time, he came to recognize the plight of the big game population on Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula. After nine years as a forest warden, he became a wildlife protection officer with the Newfoundland Wildlife Service. He was married to the former Beatrice Compton of Englee who passed in 2016. They had four children, and made their home in Roddickton, Newfoundland.
Click here for a CBC news report on the fire at Earl Pilgrim’s home.