Centenarian inspires others to stay active

Stratton Holland has seen a lot. That’s what happens when you have been around for 100 years. But while most would be happy to even make it to that age, Holland has managed to not only make it but make it in good health and spirits.

Holland, who still lives independently with his wife Susan at their condominium in Markham recently celebrated the milestone there on February 22, and by all accounts, it was quite a party.

Holland immigrated from England in 1953 and later moved to Markham in 1972. In addition to raising a family, Holland managed to be involved in all kinds of endeavours over the years that included a career in media, first as a reporter and then also as an editor of the Owen Sound Sun Times and the Hamilton Spectator before spending 24 years at the Toronto Star.

Music has always been a passion as well, playing in various ensembles including the Melody Makers as a saxophonist. While he finally gave up playing in the band, he still dances to the melodies with his wife Susan on the last Monday of every month when the Older Adults in Action (OAIA) host the event at the Markham Seniors Centre.

Howard Elson, vice president of OAIA is amazed at Stratton’s vibrancy noting that he keeps a busy social schedule with the OAIA group, playing Mahjong on Tuesdays and Canasta on Thursdays in addition to his monthly swing around the dance floor, leaving people decades younger shaking their heads at the whirlwind that is Stratton Holland.

For information about staying active with OAIA and trying to keep up with Stratton, visit


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