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McFadyen - Bertrand Wedding

Married to Mary Ellen Bertrand in 1957, their wedding was written up in the local paper. see "Reported Wedding Announcement"

Senior citizen of the year

McFadyen is a man for all ages

Eldon McFadyen has been named Mississauga's Senior Citizen of the Year. The announcement was made Thursday at the Mississauga Seniors Club's annual Christmas Dinner.

Mississauga's Senior Citizen of the Year said he's found no greater reward than the feeling he gets from trying to help others.

Eldon McFadyen, 63, was recognized Thursday night at the Mississauga Seniors Centre.

"I get a lot more out of this than I ever put into it," he told the gathering. " I know we can all give back a little of what we've gained."

McFadyen, who was accompanied by his wife and four children - he also has six grandchildren - is this year's recipient of the Walter P. Kohlmeier Award.

Making the presentation was Scotty Munroe from the Port Credit Rotary Club that has teamed with the City of Mississauga to sponsor the Senior Citizen of the Year Award for 18 years. The Kohlmeier Award is presented to a person aged 60 or older who has made a significant contribution to the Mississauga community.

Traditionally, the winner isn't known until he or she is announced at the annual Christmas dinner at the Mississauga Seniors Centre on Cawthra Rd.

Rotarian Kohlmeier, a long-time booster of seniors until he died three years ago, was a major force behind the creation of the award. The Port Credit Rotary Club named the annual award after him and it's now presented each year by his widow, Claire.

In addition to being a member of the Mississauga Senior Citizens Centre, McFadyen is also president of the Port Credit Lawn Bowling Club and heavily involved with the Dixie Curling Club. An elder at Bethesda United Church, he is very active in the congregation and in performing church outreach work.

What set McFadyen apart though, was his willingness to give time to help physically and mentally challenged people learn to curl and to lawn bowl.

What a wonderful role model you must be to your loving family and all those around you," said Mississauga South MPP Margaret Marland, who attended the Christmas dinner and award ceremony.

McFadyen was one of 13 people nominated for this year's award.

Mississauga News - 1995, Staff photo by Chris Horobin

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