March 16, 2016 5:50 pm
Updated: March 17, 2016 9:03 am

Baie d’Urfé man receives St. Patrick’s community honour

WATCH ABOVE: Andrew Fogarty, 96, is the recipient of the 2016 Saint Patrick's Society Community Award, and is being honoured for representing the true meaning of support and giving. Global's Billy Shields reports.

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BAIE-D’URFÉ – After a a life that’s lasted almost a century, Andrew Fogarty has had a lot of opportunities for volunteerism – and he seems to have taken most of them.

Fogarty was recently given the St. Patrick Society’s Community Award – not for green pants or socks (though he was wearing those when Global News spoke to him), but for a lifetime of community service.

“You take things one by one, and you feel good about what you’re doing,” he said.

“But you never think ‘man, I win an award.’ It doesn’t enter your mind.”  

Many community organizations have recognized him.

He’s been named both the grand marshal of Montreal’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the chief reviewing officer.

Only one is named each year and a person can only receive the honour once.

He’s set to receive his most recent honour at a luncheon Thursday morning.

His one regret is that his wife of almost 65 years won’t be there with him.

She died of complications from a stroke in 2011.

“It still hits me every now and then. She was so wholesome and beautiful,” he said.

She was part of the reason why – when he was president of the St. Patrick’s Society – he pushed to change the rules to allow women into the organization.

He plans to incorporate her in his remarks Thursday.

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