January 1998

John Macmaster


by Joseph H. RADDER

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73 year old John MacMaster came to Niagara Falls in 1956 to work for the Allstate Insurance Company in claims and remained there 31 years.

Now in his 11th year of so-called retirement, he is a past Commander of a Legion post, president of a local exchange club and of the Claim Association.

Since 1980 John, along with a group of other people, has worked with cancer patients at the Niagara Oncology Association, of which he was president for 3 1/2 years. He is still on their board. They work with the Cancer Society, hospitals and the doctors helping with patient care and transportation.

He has also worked with the Health Association of Niagara County and served on its board of directors and as president for two years. He also served on the board of directors of the Cancer Society.

John devotes his time by volunteering many hours visiting with patients and assessing their needs and helps in any way he can to give them a better life.

He has helped to raise over $50,000 for Memorial Hospital for equipment. He has also run parties and picnics for the patients.

John says about his volunteer work, “We all get more out of it than we give.” John himself has survived three bouts with cancer.

Joseph H. Radder is a freelance writer.

 

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