Tom Hollett was a large man. Everything about Tom was large! He was physically large, he was emotionally large, but most of all he was a mental giant. In short, he was much larger than life. His e-mail address was tomdreamerhollett and a dreamer he was. He dreamed big and was extremely creative, but what was most important was that he actually created what he dreamed.
Leaving Burin with his mother after the death of his father he was raised in St. John’s and started a series of businesses in the city’s taxi industry. He was successful and with that success he returned to Burin and started purchasing property (the first of which was his original family home). He had a dream and he started restoring each piece of property to match the towns history and his dream of its future to become reality.
He purchased houses, churches, halls and public buildings. All became part of his personal dream of what Burin should look like, a town that was a living history with restaurants, art galleries, and hostels for artists. He even created a children’s/adults entertainment park. During this time he discovered Targa Newfoundland, and invited me into his home (restored lovingly) I then discovered I was inserted into his dream. Targa was to become one of his special events, and he loved the creativity of the event and the international attention it garnered. But, being Tom, he wanted to ensure that he caught our attention, so for years he sponsored the Burin legs of the event. Why? Simple! We were to become part of his international marketing thrust.
We worked with Tom for a number of years and I am very proud to say that we became friends. He was a motor head and in love with motorcycles. Yesterday, August 27th, Tom died in a motorcycle incident while traveling in Harbour Mille (one of the more famous Targa stages) with his daughter Cheyenne. Cheyenne survived the incident but was flown to St. John’s for treatment. Our prayers are with her. Her dad was a giant in so many ways, we will all miss him. Thanks Tom for being here. Nevertheless, I am sure of one thing. That the afterlife will now be a much better, more active and a more creative place since Tom has arrived.