Donald Taylor celebrates 102 years with a surprise party

Donald Taylor celebrates 102 years with a surprise party

By Matthew McCully


It’s no easy feat to get ahead of a man who is early for everything—especially a man with 102 years of practice.

But they managed to do it!

And friends, neighbours and family from all over filled the Legion in Stanstead on Saturday afternoon to celebrate the 102nd birthday of Donald Taylor.

“It was a big joint venture,” explained Karen Lafond, Taylor’s stepdaughter, about getting the party organized. Legion member Brad Crawford and his wife Tina were in on the planning, as were several other Legion members, including president Robert Baird and past president David Woodward, whose responsibility it was to get Taylor to the Legion in uniform, “for an important meeting.”

“It was a whole family, whole town, everybody had to pitch in,” Lafond said, “I think this was a birthday unlike any other.”

And it was two years late.

According to Lafond, the original plan was to give Taylor a big bash for his 100th, but Covid restrictions put that idea on hold.

Luckily, Taylor was just as spry and ready to party for his 102nd birthday.

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