Thursday Oct. 17, 2019

Oct. 17, 2019

17 oct, 2019

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CommuniTree CONFERENCE from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Just Food Farm, Big Red Barn, 2nd floor - 2391 Pepin Court in Blackburn Hamlet. Check in and registration at 8 a.m. The Conference will include various panels, a networking break and a tour of a Community Food Forest. This is an opportunity for community members to share tree-related stories, data and projects and provide attendees with new ideas, information and resources to carry out tree-related initiatives in their communities.

HALLOWE'EN HIJINX from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum. A day of family-friendly Halloween fun at the museum! Wear your costume and explore the origins of Halloween traditions as you collect some yummy treats along the way. Complete a scavenger hunt, create your own masquerade mask and more! Cost: $19.75 per family (2 adults + children); $7.75 adults; $5.50 seniors, children and students. Children 5 and under are free.

THE GLOUCESTER HISTORICAL SOCIETY will present a talk by military historian Captain Steven Dieter entitled “From Normandy to the Scheldt.” This will take place at 2 p.m. at the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, 280 Beechwood, and will include a guided tour of the National Military Cemetery for those who wish to take it. Admission is free.

ORLEANS COMMUNITY SPAGHETTI SUPPER AND SILENT AUCTION hosted by the Orléans Lions Club from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the basement of St. Joseph Church, 2757 St. Joseph Blvd. Tickets: Adults $13 ; Children under 12 $5 available at th door or in advance from members or by sending an e-mail to (or call Lion Jean Paul at 613-830-7035). Tickets include spaghetti and freshly made sauce with buns, dessert, tea and coffee. Cash bar. All profits to support Camp Banting, a summer camp for kids with diabetes.


Revera Portobello centenarian still driving after all these years
By Heather Jamieson
May 18, 2019

Richard DeRyckere likes to drive over to Canadian Tire or Walmart just to look around and pass the time. What makes this remarkable is that he celebrated his 100th birthday last December and just had his license renewed until April 10, 2021.

Of the 10.2 million licensed drivers in Ontario in 2017, only 152 were 100 years of age or older.

Revera Portobello centarian Richard DeRycker, stands beside his shiny red 2017 Buick Encore which he drives three or four times a week to go shopping or to just go out for a ride around town. HEATHER JAMIESON PHOTO

DeRyckere has clearly aged very well. As the oldest resident at Revera Portobello Retirement Living in Orléans, where he has lived for the past 11 years, DeRyckere is as surprised as anyone that he reached his 100th birthday. He laughs about looking in the mirror and asking: “What are you supposed to look like or feel like at 100? How the hell did you make it?”

Born near Winnipeg on December 7, 1918, DeRyckere was the youngest of three children. His parents had emigrated from Ghent, Belgium, in 1911.

While he concedes luck and genes have a lot to do with him exceeding life expectancy by almost 20 years, he attributes advances in medicine and medications as major contributors to his longevity.

He has had heart issues that were resolved with stents. Since his cataracts were removed, he only needs glasses to read fine print, doesn’t need hearing aids and his memory is impressively sharp as he recalls his life’s events.

While he suffers from a “worn out knee” and is too old to qualify for a knee replacement, he doesn’t let it slow him down. In fact, his spacious studio apartment at Portobello is at the rear of the building requiring him to walk a long corridor to the elevator to go down for his meals, events and shopping. He won’t move to a more convenient room because he likes the exercise and the sunrises he can see through his window.

His life in Ottawa began in 1940 when he signed up for the Air Force and came to Uplands Air Force Base for basic training. He shipped out to England as a fighter pilot in 1942 and mostly flew the De Havilland Mosquito and the P51 Mustang.

Pilots were paid less on days they didn’t fly. With a shortage of aircraft and sufficient commissioned officers to do the bulk of the flying, non-commission pilots DeRyckere and a buddy opted to work in the maintenance hangar. It gave them steady work and a steady paycheque. “And we knew the aircraft inside out,” he says with pride.

His wartime service and love of planes is clearly evident on the walls of his room, which are adorned with posters of airplanes, photographs and a framed set of his five service medals. He is particularly proud of a medal he received in 2002 from the Kingdom of the Netherlands acknowledging his contribution to the liberation of Holland.

His Canadian Volunteer Service medal, with its Dieppe Bar, shows he participated in the historic Dieppe Raid on August 19, 1942. Another wall has the framed certificates recognizing his 100th birthday from the Queen, Governor General, Prime Minister and Mayor.

A photograph, in warm sepia tones, is of his late wife, Marina Algozino, who he married in 1945 after he returned from overseas. She was an Ottawa girl, of Italian heritage, and his voice is tinged with sadness when he recalls the failed pregnancy that left them unable to have children.

They tried living in Winnipeg for a year, but she couldn’t adapt to the cold. Back in Ottawa, he worked at Morrison Lamothe bakery for more than a decade and then on to the National Research Council for 15 years until his retirement. His wife was 85 when she died in 2005.

His advice for the rest of us? “Live every day. Don’t look for the end of it. I can visualize there’s a stop sign at the end of the road. I am getting towards it, but I live for every day.” Meanwhile, he will continue to take to the road in his shiny, red, two-year-old Buick Encore

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)



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