Old-Timer’s Reunion brings old friends together

Reminiscing and sharing stories, laughter and hugs, dancing and good music, were all part of this year’s 58th Rimbey’s Old-Timer’s

Gladys Johnson

Gladys Johnson

Reminiscing and sharing stories, laughter and hugs, dancing and good music, were all part of this year’s 58th Rimbey’s Old-Timer’s Reunion.

About 230 people showed up for the reunion, June 22 and 23, with guests coming from as far away as British Columbia.

This year the graduating class of 1963 was recognized at the reunion.

Fred Gittens from Edmonton enjoyed seeing former classmates again.

“It’s nice to see people and catch up,” he said. “Some of them, I need the nametag to tell who they are. There have been lots of changes.”

David Boorman, now a retired physician living in Red Deer, also enjoyed the chance to attend the reunion and catch up with old friends.

Pat Muddle from Rimbey and her sister, Jan Grant from Red Deer, were among the classes from ’62 and ’63 recognized on stage.

Muddle said getting together with friends and reminiscing is fun and interesting.

“Unfortunately, it seems often the people who live the closest don’t come and there are others who come quite a distance.”

She hadn’t seen some of the people seated at her table for 50 years.

“It was ironical that my sister (Jan Grant) discovered someone she went to school with only lived two streets away from her in Red Deer.”

Gladys Johnson, president of the Rimbey and District Old-timers’ Association, was pleased with this year’s event.

“I found the Rimbey family history particularly interesting.”

The Rimbey Old-Timers’ Association prepared the lunch and the Rimbey Historical Society served a pancake breakfast at Pas Ka Poo Park June 23.

A catered supper at the community centre was followed by an old-time dance with music supplied by Elmer and Friends.

Next year’s reunion is planned for June 21.