Martina was born in October of 1927 in Tottenham, Ontario. After attending Grade 13 in Alliston, she started working at McGoey Brothers Insurance Company as a filing clerk, where she moved around within her family's business for 25 years. When Martina was not working, she loved to travel. She has travelled to seven European countries. She also loves to do art and has sold her work in Canada and England. Martina has called Riverwood home since September of 2003. She loves living at Riverwood because the staff are always willing to help everyone, especially the residents (or as she says, "the retirees").
Doris was born on Jan 16, 1932 in Willowdale, Ontario. She had 2 older sisters and 2 younger brothers. She moved to Alliston with her sister in 1954. Shortly after she met her husband, they married and moved into his family farm in Essa township. After the farm was sold, they moved to Alliston and started a family. She had 2 children, a son and a daughter. She always loved to knit and of course she sewed a lot of her children's clothes growing up. She worked at Armstrong cleaners and then in the cafeteria at Banting Memorial High School. After retirement, she volunteered at The Clothes Line in Alliston and worked there until 2018. She never learned how to drive so walking was her mode of transportation and very much enjoyed her daily walks.
John Philip MacKenzie was born and raised in Toronto and then moved to Kleinberg, Ontario to work with horses after graduating high school. From there, he owned a farm in Malton and then moved to Brampton where he rode and trained rodeo horses. In the early 70's, he started training race horses, which he loved doing until he retired in 2016. In addition to his passion for horses, he loves spending time with his grandsons JT and Morgan.
Lloyd Kennedy was born is Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on August 7, 1931. He is the eldest of seven children with five younger sisters and one younger brother. His family moved several times while growing up, spending time in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Ontario. Lloyd married Pauline Duff in 1956. Lloyd and Pauline have two children, daughter Laurie and son David. They also have five grandchildren. Lloyd started his working career with Robin Hood Flour Mills. He worked with them in Port Colborne, transferred to Montreal and then to Lockport, New York. In 1968, he purchased the Alliston Creamery & Dairy Limited and moved to Alliston. He spent the rest of his working career at the Alliston Creamery. The business is currently run by his children.
Lloyd was a member of the Rotary Club of Alliston. He was especially interested in the Rotary Student Exchange Program. He helped run the program and hosted many of the students in his home. He also worked on projects with the Potato Festival and the Rotary Pool.
Lloyd was an avid hockey player. He has played on many local hockey teams. He was also involved with the Alliston Hornets for many years.
Jack (Big Red) Breen, the 3rd born of 4 boys, was born on April 18th, 1939, and grew up in Weston, Ontario. Jack’s younger years were very worrisome for him, as his dad fought in World War II. At a tender age of 16, Jack started his career as a “heavy equipment operator “and worked up until the age of 78. He spent many winters North of the Arctic Circle, building runways on Ice and land, aka. tundra. He never married and spent his free time building models of all types, and sizes.