Wiar­ton’s new­est cen­te­nar­ian cel­e­brates

Wiarton Echo - - NEWS - Zoe Kessler Ed­i­tor

Avid hockey fan, Florence Pa­ton, of Wiar­ton, was watch­ing a Toronto Maple Leafs game when three nieces ar­rived – with birth­day cake – to help Pa­ton cel­e­brate her 100th birth­day at Han­nah Walker House in Owen Sound, Feb. 8.

Deb­bie Shewchuk and Kathy John­son, of Shal­low Lake and Judy Mor­ton, of Hep­worth, gifted their aunt with 100 red car­na­tions – which joined a num­ber of colour­ful flower ar­range­ments and nu­mer­ous birth­day cards from well-wish­ers to mark the oc­ca­sion.

When asked how it felt to be 100, Pa­ton said, “It’s sort of hard yet to re­al­ize you are, be­cause I never thought I was 100.” She added it sur­prised her to have reached that age.

The se­cret to a long life, she said, was “beer and peanuts.”

Pa­ton, who was born and lived in the same Frank Street house in Wiar­ton her whole life, de­scribed Wiar­ton as a gen­er­ous com­mu­nity.

In ad­di­tion to hockey, Pa­ton loved to curl – which she be­gan do­ing at 60, she said.

She worked as a ticket taker at the Wiar­ton arena and for many years at Caframo in Wiar­ton.

Pa­ton said had also been busy as a mem­ber of the Ladies Aux­il­iary at her church, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Wiar­ton.

Zoe Kessler/Wiar­ton Echo

Florence Pa­ton (cen­tre), of Wiar­ton, cel­e­brated her 100th birth­day with her nieces – Judy Mor­ton (left), of Hep­worth and Kathy John­son and Deb Shewchuk of Shal­low Lake, at Han­nah Walker House in Owen Sound, Feb. 8.

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