St. Catharines Mayor remembers doing 100 laps of complex with 100-year-old WWII veteran

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Published November 16, 2021 at 3:37 pm

As many were remembering Remembrance Day activities last week, St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik harkened back on a special occasion with a WWII vet one year prior on November 9, 2020.

St. Catharines native Chuck Page celebrated his 100 years birthday (in August) by walking 100 laps around his housing complex for a fund-raiser.

“A year ago I was privileged to walk with WWII vet and long-time St. Catharines native Chuck Page, as he raised nearly $25,000 for Hotel Dieu Shaver (rehabilitation hospital) to mark his 100th birthday,” remembered Sendzik.

“Chuck walked 100 laps around his housing complex, wearing his signature ‘Don’t Ever Quit’ T-shirt as the community joined him in this impressive feat.”

While Page moved to Creston, BC, late last year to get closer to remaining family, Sendzik attached a story about this year’s fundraiser by Page and noted he “continues to inspire with more fundraising to mark his 101st birthday, supporting a not-for-profit in his new community.”

“Thanks to Chuck for showing such determination, and inspiring us all to stay active and support the needs of the community – no matter what our age. Keep walking Chuck – don’t ever quit!”

Indeed, as reported by the Creston Valley Advance newspaper, for his 101st birthday, Page sought 101 donations or $10,000 for the local Valley Community Services, where he enjoys their Therapeutic Activation Program for Seniors.

His daughter Nancy DeVuono told the paper he had reached about $7,000 of his $10,000 goal with one week to go before Remembrance Day 2021.

(Photos of Chuck Page now and in 1942 courtesy of 427squadron.com)

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