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Farewell to a legacy

On Friday April 30, family, friends, seniors and dignitaries gathered at the Fireside Inn in Baldwinsville to honor Frank Foster, retiring director of Canton Woods Senior Center for his many years of service to the senior population and the community of Baldwinsville.

A fun time was had by all as Foster was not only honored, but roasted for his unique careers. A father of four and grandfather to five, he started out as a truck driver and union steward for the Teamsters for 22 years. At age 39, he went to college, one year with his daughter, earning four degrees including a masters in management, all with high honors, and finally, 20 years of services at Canton Woods Senior Center.

It was not all work as Foster was recognized for his many years playing, coaching and officiating sports, too numerous to mention. His 52-year streak of playing organized baseball was highlighted.

An additional highlight to the evening was a resolution from the New York State Senate presented by Sen. John DeFrancisco, which in part stated, "Whereas, under Frank Foster's leadership, Canton Woods has grown and has become one of the premier senior centers in the country; he has not only demonstrated his expertise in running the day-to-day operations at the center, he has also brought his genuine love and care for the seniors he has served."

In conclusion, Foster's legacy can be summed up by his final words of his farewell speech.

"It is wonderful to receive all these awards over the years, commending one on a job well done, but nothing beats when seniors, their families or friends come up to you to shake your hand, give you a hug or a kiss and say thank you, you made a difference in our lives. Folks, a legacy doesn't get any better than that," Foster said.

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