The City of Stirling congratulates Wembley Downs resident Mr George Goldie on his 100th birthday last week, with a commemorative plaque and birthday cake to accompany his regular delivery from the City’s Meals on Wheels team.
A veteran of the Second World War, and son to First World War veteran John Roy Goldie, George welcomed City of Stirling Mayor Mark Irwin to his home. Mr Goldie proudly displayed his letters from HRH Queen Elizabeth II, the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), the Prime Minister, The Hon Scott Morrison MP, the WA Governor, His Excellency the Honourable Kim Beazley AC, and the WA Premier, Hon Mark McGowan MLA.
The Mayor said George Goldie’s contribution to the safety of Australia and loyalty to his fellow Anzacs is still felt to this day by those closest to him.
“I know George and his family well, and his family’s contribution to Australia’s security over the last century is without equal,” he said.
“George’s father, John Roy Goldie, was a ‘Sapper’ or Combat Engineer in the 23rd Battalion, 2nd Division Signal Company of the 1st Australian Imperial Forces between 1915 and 1919.
“George, born and raised in Melbourne, went on to serve as a Signalman in the 3rd Australian Army Corps, 4th Australian Beach Signal Section of the 2nd Australian Imperial Force between 1941 and 1946.
“He later had a long career with the Australian Taxation Office, from which he retired, and shared that his favourite piece of advice was to ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you’.
“We sat and chatted to the sound of his phone ringing with calls of congratulations from family and friends. George was kind enough to show me his classic-era Jeep, resplendent with Australian Army insignia and flags, which he uses to transport Anzacs along the parade route on Anzac Day; still serving his comrades and country.
“George has also been a recipient of the City’s ‘Meals on Wheels’ service since 2006, and I was absolutely thrilled to join City officers and volunteer Ian Fenton to deliver a birthday cake, plaque, and his next couple of meals.”
The City of Stirling’s Meals on Wheels operates as a community meal service, offering home-delivered meals to residents in and around the City.
The service provides fresh, home-cooked meals 7 days per week, delivered directly to the door by volunteers.
Meals on Wheels continued to operate throughout COVID, making use of redeployed City of Stirling staff to replace volunteers during 2020 lockdowns.
Meals on Wheels is accessible to residents over the age of 65 aspiring to remaining independent in their homes.
To find out if you are eligible for government subsidised meals, please contact Meals on Wheels on 9205 7112 or 9205 7113, or My Aged Care on 1800 200 422.
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