Seasons Retirement Community

Local resident celebrates 99th birthday



By Ron Giofu


A local resident celebrated her 99th birthday in style last Sunday afternoon and vows she will make it to her milestone 100th birthday.

Georgina “Jo” Bedard was surrounded by friends and family at Seasons Amherstburg with dinner, cake and a presentation to her from Mayor Aldo DiCarlo as part of the celebration. Among her friends were fellow parishioners from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. The Pembroke-born Bedard saw her mother die in 1929 and she followed her father into the lumber camps before they moved to Windsor when she was a teenager.

Bedard raised her family in Windsor and became a widow at age 32. One of her three sons owned a farm on County Road 50 for many years and she moved to Amherstburg in 2000 to be closer to him. Before coming to town, she recalled paying her bills at her Windsor home by taking in boarders, many of whom were police officers that had been transferred to the area.

“I’ve been around a long time but I have never thought of myself as being 96, 97, 98 or 99,” said Bedard, whose actual birthday was Tuesday. “It’s just a case of having another birthday. I grew old gracefully.”

eorgina “Jo” Bedard turned 99 on Tuesday but
celebrated with family and friends Sunday
afternoon at Seasons Retirement Community. Mayor Aldo DiCarlo presents her with a certificate on behalf of the town.

There are already plans for next year.

“I’m 99, I’ll probably see 100,” she figures. “My health is good. We’ll see. Only time will tell.”

Bedard credits her longevity to living one day at a time.

“Yesterday is a memory and you look to today,” she said. “You get up in the morning and whatever comes, you deal with it.”

Recalling she grew up as one of 15 girls and two boys, Bedard said they were “poor as a church mouse” and lived off the land to survive. She said they would have to go down to the river for water because there was no indoor plumbing.

“I love every year I’ve lived. It made me stronger. It made me a survivor,” she said. “Anyone alive that has lived this long, we’re survivors. We survived from the poor times to the very good times.”

Bedard said she has had aunts and uncles live long lives. There were sad times in her 99 years, though.

Jo Bedard gets her
picture taken blowing out her candles.

“The only sad thing is my children did not live to be old. When you bury two of your children, it’s sad,” said Bedard. “I never dreamed I’d bury two of my children.”

However, Bedard remains positive.

“Overall, life is good,” she said. “You just have to be able to deal with life. When all is said and done, life is good. You just move on with things. Life brings a lot of different things.”

Bedard noted that “I’ve seen so many things in the last 99 years, I can’t begin to tell you” and that amazing things have happened in her life. She enjoys being with the younger generations of her family and is happy being around them.

“I love each and every one of them,” said Bedard. “It’s like old times.”

Malden students visit Seasons Retirement Community



Written by Camryn C. and Ethan T.

On December 5, Malden Public School’s Kind Kids Club and Mrs. Deneau’s Grade 5/6 Class went to Seasons Retirement Community Home. In the time that they were there, they decorated the residents’ doors and sang Christmas carols. The students from Malden said, “We are so grateful to get this opportunity and see so many people smile.”

(Submitted photo)

The kids really brought some Christmas spirit to the building. The residents really enjoyed the students coming and they all had big smiles to see so many people who care about them.

It was nice for the residents who do not get to see their family regularly to get to see some children bring some Christmas cheer. Some of the kids at Malden were able to see relatives and family or friends. Before the students left, it was lunchtime. Many residents and Malden students were able to chat and ask some questions. The residents really like talking!

Overall, the students enjoyed going and believe that it meant a lot to the residents. Our Malden students hope to go again.