Jack’s 100th birthday party

Photo by Joyce Ervin
Photographed blowing out the candles on his cake celebrating his 100 th birthday is Milan resident, WW II veteran and motorcycle enthusiast, Jack McClary. Holding the cake is Mark Taylor, host and neighbor.

By Joyce Ervin

It was a cool crisp evening on Nov.7 for the outdoor celebration, but the atmosphere was warm and the candles on the cake glowed bright, as biker friends and neighbors gathered round and sang “Happy Birthday” to Jack McClary on his 100 th birthday.
Neighbor and biker, Mark Taylor, hosted the party.  Taylor was responsible for McClary taking a ride on a bike recently to Dundee, with other area motorcycle club members joining the trek.
 McClary owned and rode an Indian motorcycle upon his return from World War II.  He and his late wife, Betty, rode all over Ann Arbor and Chicago, when they resided there.  So, it was only natural that fellow bikers attended his party.
 Joe Drogowski said, regarding attending the birthday celebration, “Anything to do with Jack and I’m there.” 
Also, in attendance to celebrate this beloved Milanite, was his pastor, the Reverend Leia Battaglia, of People’s Presbyterian Church of Milan.  A parishioner, Mary Huber, also attended.
A special guest,13-year-old Carson Gallagher, was brought to the party by his mother, Melissa Gallagher.  Carson is a young man that suffers with a rare disease, and was treated to a ride also organized by Taylor.  Carson and McClary both share friends and the love of motorcycles.
Taken off his oxygen momentarily, a round of applause was given, when McClary rose to the occasion and blew out the candles.
Guests were treated to pizza and cake.

Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer reporting on Milan.  She can be contacted at:  jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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