Jerry (Jer Bear) Lawrence

Class of 2007

INDUCTED in the MARITIME MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAME

Date: November 17, 2007

Category: Builder

Division: Media

PERSONAL

Hometown: Windsor Junction, Nova Scotia

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

The voice behind the microphone.

  • He has spent a lifetime entertaining Maritime motorsports fans.
  • He became a paraplegic at age 11 due to Polio.
  • 1959 his media career began with CJCH Radio.
  • 1964 first on air show, over the years on CJCH, CHNS and CHFX.
  • 1995 retired from radio.
  • 1974 entered politics winning a seat as Alderman for Halifax.
  • 1978 elected to Nova Scotia Legislature.
  • Instrumental in implementing parking for the handicapped.
  • Early 1950 became hooked on racing.
  • Founder and first President of the Atlantic Motorsport Karters Association
  • Member of the Halifax Antique Car Club, honorary member of many other car clubs.
  • Organized annual Soap Box Derby races in Halifax/Dartmouth.
  • Tracks Jerry was behind the mic and in promotions: Drag City, Atlantic, Riverside, Onslow, Scotia Speedworld, Moosehead, Centre for Speed and the MASCAR Tour.
  • Honors he received for his many contributions to society:

  • 1975 Eric Spicer Award as Halifax/Dartmouth's most outstanding citizen.
  • 1976 Vanier Award as one of five outstanding young Canadians.
  • 1980 Stairs Award as NS's most outstanding paraplegic.
  • 1988 Good Skate Award from the Ice Capades for outstanding community involvement.
  • 1995 Canada Medal by the Governor General of Canada for outstanding volunteer work in the community.
  • Honourary member of the International Firefighters Union and countless other charities.
  • 2001 Jerry was inducted into the Canadian Radio Hall Of Fame.
  • Extraordinary! A Friend To Everyone!

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