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Grady and Trainor Share Award…Happily

Friends John Trainor (Left) and Dick Grady are co-recipients of this year's Mendon Senior Citizen of the Year Award.

They share a love of history, a long-time friendship, and a dedication to serve their community. And now, Richard (Dick) Grady and John Trainor will also share the award for Mendon's Senior of the Year for 2016.

"This couldn't be any better because it's with my best buddy in town," exclaimed Trainor. When Trainor initially found out he was being given the award, he said felt somewhat reluctant to accept it. "Then I was told of my co-recipient and I was thrilled."

Grady added he was "very surprised," at being given the award. He added, "It's just not something you expect, but I feel honored."

The duo have been active in their hometown for years with much of their attention focused on Mendon's history. Each year, the Clough School PTO sponsors a Trolley Tour for which Trainor is the Conductor and Grady the Historical Advisor. The two travel throughout town teaching third graders about their town's history. Both men are also members of Mendon's Historical Society and founding members of Preservation Mendon.

Grady was a much loved teacher and coach in the Mendon-Upton School District for 39 years and was responsible for incorporating Mendon and Upton histories into the 6th grade social studies curriculum while he taught at Miscoe Hill School. He also served on the Conservation Commission for more than 20 years and helped organize the annual Town Clean Up Day.

Trainor has also been a very active figure in the community. While Chair of the Historical Commission, he helped establish Mendon's National Historical Districts and was a key figure in the refurbishment of the Town Hall. He's also an avid volunteer at the Senior Center serving of the Friends of Mendon Elders, helping with fuel assistance, and taking part in the Senior Pen Pal program.

The timing of the award appears quite fitting for the two history buffs as Mendon is preparing to celebrate its 350th Anniversary with a year-long list of events. The duo are currently collaborating on a multi-episode video documentary, The History of Mendon, to be viewed at various events.

The Senior of the Year Award is sponsored by the Council on Aging. "The Council and Senior Center Director Amy Wilson Kent do such a wonderful job of providing meaningful programs in helping seniors adjust to the process of aging. I'm most grateful for all they do," said Grady. Trainor and Grady will be honored with a special luncheon, hosted by the Mendon's Lion's Club, on Sunday, September 18 at the Unitarian Church at 11:30 a.m.


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