In the 2016 census, seniors made up almost one fifth of the Hamilton population, 19.9% to be exact, with those 65 and over making up 17.3% of the popular and those 85 years and over making up 2.6% of the population.
Though those over 65 make up such a large percentage of the community, it seems their voice often goes unheard in new media, especially when it comes to city developments, the changing industries of the city, and the future of Hamilton.
With this new “Stories from the Steel Generation” article series, we’re speaking to seniors (from all walks of life) about their Hamilton experiences, because whether you are all about the “new Hamilton” or “old Hamilton”, or somewhere in between, it’s important to remember our roots and where we came from.
Occupation (if retired, previous occupation):
I was a production analyst at Dofasco for 42 years
My hobbies are very diversified, I’ve played golf since I was 15 and slow-pitch since I was 30 and still playing both. I built my brother a garage, learned carpentry from my father and also do some skeet shooting. Love to crew on a friend’s sailboat from time to time.
Years living in Hamilton?:
Born & raised in Hamilton but have lived in Ancaster for the last 32 years.
Do you have a favourite Hamilton memory?:
My favourite Hamilton memory was the 1972 Grey Cup. Hamilton hosted it and the Tiger Cats were in it. There was a tremendous party mostly around Gore Park, and I have never experienced more fun and joyfulness in Hamilton than during that weekend. Of course Hamilton won and there was a huge snowstorm the next day, the headlines in the Spectator read “PURRRFECT”
Favourite place in Hamilton?:
My most favourite place would be all along the mountain brow, being able to scan the city.
Do you have a least favourite Hamilton memory?:
I think the new stadium battle that went on was a low point in Hamilton’s history, it was a great opportunity to showcase our waterfront or almost any other place than where they built it.
Do you feel that Hamilton has changed over the years? If so, how?:
I’ve been saddened to see Hamilton slowly going downhill for a long time, probably since most industries have left. Fifty years ago Hamilton was a booming, well-cared for city, however just recently I have seen some interesting improvements, so there is hope. Prosperity is in the air.
Feature photo by Martin Cathrae.
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