No stop­ping her

102-year-old is still a vol­un­teer with the an­nual Poppy Cam­paign

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - BY LYNN CUR­WIN

Age can’t stop Florence Hamil­ton.

In fact, the 102-year-old loves vol­un­teer­ing and she was out in her Royal Cana­dian Le­gion uni­form on the rst day of this year’s Poppy Cam­paign.

“I’ve been do­ing this a long time,” she said. “I got in­volved shortly af­ter I first came to Truro, in 1946. We used to have to stand on the street. We used to be cold.”

is time she was in­side Sobeys, on Prince Street, with pop­pies on the morn­ing of Oct. 26.

“I’ll do a few shifts with pop­pies,” she said.

“I was in the aux­il­iary about 68 years, and I worked at things all those years. I worked in the can­teen when it opened, and I worked at bingo.”

Hamil­ton is a past pres­i­dent of the ladies’ aux­il­iary of the Truro Le­gion.

She grew up in East­ern Pas­sage, and met her hus­band, who was in the mil­i­tary, there. He was from Truro, and she re­lo­cated when they mar­ried.

She now re­sides in an as­sisted liv­ing fa­cil­ity, and says there are al­ways ac­tiv­i­ties there to keep her busy, but be­ing in­volved in the Poppy Cam­paign is still im­por­tant to her.

“My hus­band was over­seas two years, and my brother was in the ser­vice,” she said. “The money this raises goes to good work, and I like be­ing out and meet­ing peo­ple.”

LYNN CUR­WIN/TRURO NEWS

Florence Hamil­ton was out vol­un­teer­ing on the rst day of the Poppy Cam­paign. The Truro woman, who cel­e­brated her 102nd birth­day July 17, was at the Prince Street Sobeys.

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