Dave Paddon hails originally from Northwest River in central Labrador. He is descended from two generations of pioneer doctors/nurses who travelled the Labrador coast by dog team in the winter and auxiliary ketch in the summer, providing medical services and building the social infrastructure which was so badly needed at the time.
Perhaps in a spirit of rebelliousness, Dave chose aviation over medicine and flew fixed-wing aircraft as well as helicopters over the same territory in the late seventies and early eighties. He flew with Air Canada for several years, and has now retired. He is a great storyteller and well known throughout the province for his recitations.
Dave is knowledgeable about the geography and history of coastal Labrador from his years of bush flying in the area; he has a particular enthusiasm for the Torngat Mountains. His grandparents operated a small hospital on the coast, and he enjoys relating the history of that institution as well as the incredible hardship of dog team medical patrols—which could last for weeks and covered thousands of miles. He is extremely fortunate in that he has a large volume of family correspondence covering the years 1912–1982.
Dave wrote his first recitation in 2007 and has now written thirty. Five of these have been published in handmade chapbooks and his work is available on two CDs or through electronic download. His recitation Ralph: Flying Hound was recently released as an illustrated children’s book. He also released a collection of thirteen tall tales in a book entitled Half the lies you tell me are not true! Dave lives in St. John's with his wife Kim.