Long-time pharmacist, volunteer named Senior of the Year

Plympton-Wyoming Mayor Lonny Napper, presented Paul Marley with the Senior of the Year for 2021 in July. He turns 80 May 25 and an open house is planned at the municipality's town hall.

Plympton-Wyoming Mayor Lonny Napper can remember going to Paul Marley’s door to collect team jerseys for the local baseball team.

The pharmacist, who lives in the center of the village, would regularly sponsor a team. But Marley’s community mindedness went far beyond the local ball diamonds; that’s why Napper and Plympton-Wyoming council named him 2021’s Senior of the Year.

Marley came to Wyoming when he was just 13. His dad was taking over the local pharmacy. Years later, he’d follow in his father’s footsteps with wife, Lois, at his side.

The Marley home was connected to the pharmacy – something everyone in town knew – so, even on holidays, Lois says people would come to the door looking for help.

When he wasn’t busy meeting the town’s medical needs, he was a volunteer with the Wyoming Lions. Town officials say he’s been a member for 59 years.

Marley is also a history buff keeping all kinds of artifacts from the pharmacy including the original weigh scales. The Wyoming man is generous with that history – he donated enough artifacts from the pharmacy that the Camlachie Museum has a small display of an apothecary thanks to his generousity.

And, over the years, Marley has been active in his local church. He and Lois are lifelong members of the Wyoming United Church. Lois is a lay minister and before COVID-19 curtailed their activities, she and Paul would travel around Lambton County preaching at local nursing homes for the residents.

Marley was pleased to receive the award from Mayor Lonny Napper adding Wyoming is a great place to live because “it has everything.”