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Mary, 87 years

Mary was born on the 30th of December in 1916 in Toronto - "Queen Street and De Grassi, upstairs over a store."

My father died when he was in his 30's.  My mom lived until she was 65 years old - she never remarried. They had 13 kids, 4 sets of twins. My father was a contractor and builder. He built the Bloor Bridge - that's on Bloor and Danforth. He also built Leaside Bridge. My mother was a wonderful cook - she could make everything out of nothing - of course, she had to for all the kids she had. She was a good singer; we all sat around the piano and sang together.  She always encouraged us to bring friends home so we always had company.

I was 18 when I met my husband, and married at 25 . He was a 'damn good one!' He was really wonderful. They don't make people like that any more. He died when he was 73; it was after 45 years of marriage. But, ever since, I have never remarried; I cannot find someone like him in my life. I used to sing a lot; I still like to sing and listen to the music. My radio is never off. I like the old stuff the best - you name them and I can sing - the 60's, 50's, 40's or the 30's, I know them all. My husband sang a lot, too. Of course, I got a lot of them on tapes also. 'Let Me Call You Sweet-heart' is my favourite - that's the oldest it gets.

I was well rounded in sports - I liked all kinds of sports. But, I especially liked to play baseball; I played until I was 30 - that's when my daughter was born. I played in a league and I was a catcher and also a left or centre field part of the time. We won many trophies.

I like everything about Peel Senior Link.  Michelle (Peel Senior Link's staff) is one of my friends. They do laundry and cook my dinner. They do a lot for me.