Sunday, July 12, 2015

• Centenarian Celebrated in Wildomar

Today Floyd Pixley turned 100 years old. He is a long time resident at Wildomar Senior Assisted Living.
Here you see Floyd checking out his birthday cake. The blue is the Lake in Lake Elsinore.

I asked Marilyn Gevedon, of the Activities Department at WSAL, for some info on Floyd and I learned that he was a graduate of  Michigan State. An engineer that worked on the Apollo mission that put a man on the moon. He helped develop the Packard engines that propelled the PT boats of WWII. He later worked for the government of Japan, helping them rebuild aeronautical aviation system after the war.

He came to Lake Elsinore because he and his wife wanted to learn how to water ski. He built a home up at the end of Grand and Riverside Dr near Ortega Highway. He and his wife of 60 years were generous with the community. They helped school children that were needy, and those in the community that were in need of food and clothing. 

Floyd receives a key to the city, and a certificate of recognition given to him by Mayor Pro-Tem Bridgette Moore.

Cheri Zamora, or Wildomar Chamber of Commerce, gives a certificate to Floyd in honor of his 100th birthday.

It was an honor to be invited to lunch there, and quite a sight to see, as many of the seniors sang along to a Frank Sinatra song I'd never heard. Then to top it off Rex Paris, the guitar player, who had been entertaining the lunch crowed throughout, had Bridgette Moore, Grace Morabito and me sing Happy Birthday to Floyd as he played the guitar. Now that would have been something to behold, and a time to remove the batteries from any hearing aids within the vicinity. ☺

Rex, 75, has known Floyd for more than a dozen years, and got him to agree to be present when he turns 100. Happy Birthday Floyd. It was an honor to be at your party today.
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