photos of Lloyd with Meals on Wheels volunteers

Celebrating National Seniors’ Day with Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More

October 1 is national seniors’ day. To acknowledge and appreciate the people who have helped to build our country and our communities, we’d like to recognize services and staff that help support these valuable seniors to live independently in their communities. 

One of our local organizations, Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC), is pleased to share the remarkable story of Meals on Wheels client, Lloyd Schnarr, and a bit of local hockey history. 

Lloyd is 93 years old and lives in his own home with his wife, Rosemary, who is 90. Married for 63 years, they have four children, five grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Lloyd has called Waterloo home his entire life and had a successful career as a business owner. Though Lloyd enjoyed his day job, it was his love of hockey that always won the spotlight.

Lloyd laced up his skates for the first time when he was five or six years old. Hockey has always been a huge part of his life from playing professionally in the AHL, to coaching the Waterloo Cubs before they became the Siskins. He was even nicknamed Lloyd “Slapshot” Schnarr for shattering a puck in two during a game when he was 70 years old.

One of the highlights of his career was being able to play alongside Canadian hockey legend Gordie Howe in the 1940s. It seems Mr. Schnarr left quite the impression as more than 60 years later, Mr. Howe made a special trip to the Galt Arena to visit his old hockey mate in 2012.

Lloyd and his wife Rosemary have been enjoying Meals on Wheels for over eight years, receiving the nutrition they need to live at home with independence and dignity.

“The meals are all good,” Lloyd says. “The volunteers are a treat!”

The couple’s son, Michael, can’t say enough about the Meals on Wheels program as his parents receive a hot, nutritious meal each weekday.

“Meals on Wheels takes a load off your mind, knowing if I’m not here, the food is going to be here,” he says. “We don’t have to worry about mom and dad not getting a meal. Everything is a bonus to have these people come by.” 

Lloyd's life story is one to be celebrated as he continues to share his passion with others, and CSC is delighted to be helping couples like Lloyd and Rosemary live in the comfort of their own homes. Working alongside over 700 dedicated volunteers, CSC provides a range of supports and services that enable people to live at home with independence and dignity. 

For more information about the Meals on Wheels program or other supports offered by CSC, please call 519-772-8787 and one of their friendly staff would be happy to assist you. You can also visit their website.