Sorbie man is a hit down under

The Mayor of Woollahra Andrew Petrie presents former Sorbie man Willie McQuaid with his senior citizen of the year award
The Mayor of Woollahra Andrew Petrie presents former Sorbie man Willie McQuaid with his senior citizen of the year award

Former Sorbie resident Willie McQuaid was recently named senior citizen of the year in his Australian home town of Woollahra.

Willie, or Bill as he is known ‘down under’, was honoured by his community for his volunteer work in the area and for encouraging fellow senior citizens to make the most of their autumn years.

Since he retired, he promised himself he would not spend the rest of his days as a “beach bum” on nearby Bondi Beach. So he and his wife Diana volunteered at a senior citizens friendship club, he is a member of the Bondi Lions Club, the Probus club and he attends a painting class, calls bingo for senior groups and, finally, still has the time and energy to play the accordion with a choir that entertains in hospitals and care homes.

Willie was presented with his award by the Mayor of Woollahra, Councillor Andrew Petrie.

Seventy-four-year old Willie still return to Sorbie every Christmas to catch up with family and friends.