Chester E. Dawe
Chester E. Dawe was born in Bay Roberts in 1904, the son of Captain William and Eliza
Dawe. Chester was educated at Bay Roberts Academy, Bishop Field College and Butler’s Business School.
Chester joined the family firm, William Dawe and Sons Limited, and worked mainly in their White Bay operation which supplied pit-props for the mines of England in exchange for coal for the Newfoundland Railway. In 1929, Mr.
Dawe was named manager of the newly opened branch in St. John’s. In 1945, Chester established his own business, Chester Dawe Limited, a building materials, hardware and supply company. Subsidiary companies participated in lumber production in northern Newfoundland, large land development, housing projects and construction of commercial buildings.
Chester Dawe has been a creative force in the business life of Newfoundland for over seventy years.