Hello readers of Noni Grace’s wonderful writings. My name is Dave Chesney and I have known the Mcguire family for many years in various stages of my life. Noni’s son Gary was a musical friend for a number of years. Her other son Ra I only recently met. I say recent because it was not until about 4 years ago I actually met Ra. Ra the lead singer of the legendary rock band TROOPER and I both came up through the Canadian music industry pretty much at the same time. Ra on the performing side, me on the business end of the industry. It still seems very strange to me that we never actually met until a couple of years ago. We both now make our homes here in White Rock.
Recently I was invited to a gathering at Ra and Debbie and their son Connor’s home in White Rock. The opportunity afforded me a golden opportunity to sit down with Noni and revisit some of the past memories we shared. Including the fact I have a portrait of myself and one of my father that her late husband Mickey done when they used to set up at the Guildford Town Centre and display their artwork. The guildford shopping centre was located just blocks from the family home in North Surrey.
Well one conversation with Noni led to another and soon we were both lamenting how it seemed strange TROOPER had not yet been chosen for unduction into Canada’s Music Hall of Fame. Her’s based on motherly pride, mine based on my knowledge of the Canadian music industry and the important role TROOPER played in the history of Canadian music. As our conversation unfolded I glanced across the room and saw Ra making note his mother and I were in deep conversation.
The next morning as I was preparing the daily version of The White Rock Sun I got to thinking about our conversation and decided I would start a campaign to lobby for TROOPER’S induction into the Hall of Fame. I decided I would not contact Ra directly. My motivation was not based on a personal friendship, but from a professional point of view.
I hope you take the time to visit www.whiterocksun.com you will fnd the start of the article on the main page. If you share Noni’s and my beliefs it is time to right this wrong, well together “Let’s Raise A Little Hell.”
….and Noni keep those wonderful stories coming. I particularly liked the carved bear n the tree and rocking horse stories!
White Rock Sun