It’s All In A Name
July 18, 2012
Last week a gentlemen asked me if I knew Denny Guptill. Well before I was Denn Guptill, I was Denny Guptill but I wasn’t the Denny Guptill he was asking about. Instead he was talking about D.P.(Denny) Guptill, who was the chief of Police in Saint John, New Brunswick during the prohibition years. When I acknowledged that Denny Guptill was my father’s uncle, the man simply said “He was a good man.” Later I asked him how he knew my uncle and he replied “I didn’t really know him, I was a citizen when he was the chief, he was a good man.”
A “Good Man”, that’s quite the testimony considering that D.P. Guptill has not been chief of Police in Saint John for over 70 years and has been dead for over fifty years. Denny Guptill’s legacy was that he was an honest cop in an era when that was an anomaly and that he left Saint John a better place then he found it, and a generation later people still talk about it. I wonder how people will talk about this Denny Guptill in 70 years? How people remember me tomorrow will be determined by the choices I make and the things I do today. Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.