Submitted by Lucy Schryer-Waters
In these times of COVID-19, all celebratory plans have had to be adapted. Such was the case for George Schryer who reached a milestone today, turning 80 years young! George was given a surprise ‘drive-by’ parade by friends and family members this afternoon at his home in the East End and it couldn’t have turned out any better telling by the big smile on his face.
George was born in Blind River but pretty much grew up in the Sault. He grew up in the West End. He put himself through mechanics school in Toronto as a young man, and married Judy Jolicoeur at age 21 with whom he celebrates 59 years of marriage. An avid outdoorsman, he has always loved hunting and fishing. He is passionate about cars and machinery and STILL mourns selling his beloved 1970’s backhoe. He ran his own garage, George’s Texaco on corner of Trunk and Dacey Rd, in the late 60’s and early 70’s then moved his family to Desbarats to run the Drop In Café at the St. Joseph Island Turnoff. It was in the late 80’s when he moved back to the Sault.
Along with his four children (only one of which lives in the Sault area) and with the help of great neighbors, family and friends this special day was celebrated in style! Special thanks to the major organizers (daughter Lucy and neighbor Shari), all of the well-wishers who came out and on Facebook that helped us to all be ‘present’ to celebrate and honour him today!
It’s not every day you turn 80!