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Frank, 90 years

Frank was born on July 27, 1913 in Cannington, Ontario. He studied mathematics and physics at U of T and went on and studied the same subjects at OCE.

When I graduated, I got a job as a math teacher at Lakefield High School. It was a small school with only 4 teachers and 100+ students. I stayed there for four years - I liked it there, but they didn't give me a raise, so I left. I was getting $1,500 a year. Then I went to Port Credit High School for $1,600 a year. A $100 raise was a big one in those days, that was in 1940. I was there till 1973  for 33 years. I was the head of the math department and then became a vice-principal. I could have gone further, but I liked to teach, so I enjoyed what I did and I did it until the end. My students still come and see me at reunions.

I was also a football coach; I got one big trophy from a football tournament. Towards the final, we played against Runnymede. When we came in, they said to the Port Credit team, 'Here come the Farmers!' sBut they were sorry they said that because we beat them! Yet, I've never played football. I got a manual and read, and became a coach. I was a student of the game.

I have married three times; my first two wives - they were sisters - they are both deceased. I took care of them until the end.  When one died, I got married to the other one. I was married to my last wife when I was 80, but she has Alzheimer's disease and is in an institution. I have a little 'blacky' pussy cat. He adopted me. He is in my will so that he doesn't become a stray.

Peel Senior Link doesn't do everything for me, so I remain independent. I still got my 'marbles upstairs' (pointing to his brain). I love my life to live independently. With the help of Peel Senior Link, I can keep my dignity.