Nonagenarian an “inspiration to many”

15 January 2019|Lifestyle| Off Comments off on Nonagenarian an “inspiration to many”|

EUREKA Claremont Gardens has paid homage to its first and longest resident, 93-year-old Ron Marshall, who is leaving the village after 14 years of friendship and good humour.

The independent senior’s village bid farewell to the nonagenarian – who is moving to a higher care seniors’ facility – with a special celebration event attended by friends, family and residents.

In honour of the lasting impact he has made on the village, a special commemorative plaque was unveiled on his favourite garden bench, a spot where he would often sit, chat with friends and admire the landscaped grounds.

The plaque was officially unveiled by Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston, who has known Mr Marshall for 13 years.

“It was an honour to be asked to officiate at the ceremony that pays tribute to a man who has given so much to the community,” Mayor Johnston said.

“I’ve known Ron for many years and his sense of community pride and love for volunteering is an inspiration to many.”

Mr Marshall’s grandson James Treloar, who spoke on his behalf, said he had enjoyed his time at Eureka Claremont Gardens.

He said he could remain independent while also enjoying the companionship of like-minded neighbours, having meals, entertainment and maintenance provided and enjoying the social atmosphere.

“While he will miss the many friends he has made at the village, Ron hopes to continue to visit his friends here,” Mr Treloar said.

Eureka Group Holdings operation manager Craig Hamilton said Eureka was proud to honour Mr Marshall.

“At 93 years young, Ron exemplifies our belief that seniors deserve and should have a choice to live as independently as possible, with the comfort in knowing a friend or neighbour is just a door knock away,” he said.

Mr Hamilton said Ron’s favourite garden bench seat, now bearing his name, would be looked after and kept warm by his friends at the village, who were looking forward to him visiting them again soon.

Caption: From left, Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston, Eureka Claremont Gardens’ Wendy Hills and Craig Hamilton, Rob Bryant and 93-year-old Ron Marshall.

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