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Blair Wadlin Celebrates 102 Years of Life
"Very Much A Gentleman"

by F. E. McConvey

    St. Stephen - Blair Wadlin, formerly of the Eastern Charlotte area, celebrated 102 years of life at Lincourt Manor on January 9. He wanted a band to liven up the party held in his honour and requested Wenona's Band from Whiting, ME to play. Unfortunately, slippery roads prevented the band's arrival so Gary Acheson, The Sax Man, was available and provided the entertainment

    All dressed up, complete with a sporty bowtie, Mr. Wadlin was joined by his daughter-in-law, Marion Wadlin of Pennfield and granddaughter, Sandra Wadlin-Zarina who travelled from Brampton, ON for the occasion.

    The party was held in the all-purpose room in the new expansion that had been decorated with helium balloons by Activities Coordinator, Lisa Richardson.

    Mr. Wadlin is very alert and agile for his age. Lisa laughed when she said, "He pushes me around in a wheelchair."

    His granddaughter, Sandra said, "It was a wonderful party. He really enjoyed himself and the music."

    Mr. Wadlin was the youngest child of Charles E Wadlin [1881-1929] and Edith M Calder [1881-1917]. There were 3 boys [Ernie, Roy and Blair] and 1 girl [Vertie] in the family.

    In the 1930's, Mr. Wadlin spent four summers as the camp cook with the engineering team that surveyed the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia. His uncle, Lorenzo Wadlin, was the head engineer from Ottawa.

    Mr. Wadlin married Ada May Justason of Pennfield and they lived in St. George for awhile. They opened the Snow White Grill there close to the beginning of World War II. It was a popular spot with the service personnel stationed in the area.

    In those days a big sandwich, piece of homemade pie and tea or coffee cost only 25 cents.

    After selling the restaurant, the couple opened a general store and gas station at Pennfield Corner. They also owned many blueberry fields.

    Mr. & Mrs. Wadlin also ran Connor's Ice Cream Parlour in Blacks Harbour for four years. It was located in the old store that is presently the Heritage Salmon building. The earned $20 per week.

    When Mrs. Wadlin passed away, they had been married nearly 50 years. The Wadlins had one son, Carl, who predeceased his father by several years. Sandra is his only grandchild.

    At the age of 99, Mr. Wadlin gave up driving. On his 101th birthday, he received his 60 year pin from the Masonic Lodge - he is the oldest Mason in this area.

    Mr. Wadlin lived by himself in St. George until he moved into Lincourt Manor a little over a year ago. Sandra related, "He loves to talk and is very much a gentleman. The ladies in there love him."

SOURCE: Homeport News (January 12, 2006 (Issue 2, Volume 3)) - written by permission.

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