Wiarton’s newest centenarian celebrates
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.
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.