Small Town Boosters
Ed & Dodie McGilloway are long-time residents of Acton and they wouldn’t have it any other way. Ed was born in his parents’ Acton house and educated in town. After high school he went to work at Beardmore and stayed until it closed, working as a pipe setter in the machine shop. When attending a dance in Alton, he met his future bride Dodie and the rest, as they say, is history.While Ed worked at the tannery, Dodie worked in several stores including Eaton’s order office and Kinal’s Hardware. Mean-while their seven children came along to complete the family. Ed and Dodie chose to raise their family here because they liked the friendly atmosphere (where people know their neighbours) and the opportunities that a small town could offer for the children to take part in activi-ties. The whole family could walk to work or school and return home for lunch (no need for buses or packed lunches). Over the years the family has grown from seven children to now include eighteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Ed and Dodie are retired, as are two of their children, Susan and Danny. Bill works for Halton Region, Te-resa is a homemaker who works part-time for a florist, Colleen works in Dr. Pond’s office, Cindy works in the office at Toronto Auto Auction, and David is with the O.P.P. Susan, Danny, Bill, Colleen and Cindy still live in town but the other two have moved farther afield (Guelph, Durham), as have some of the grandchildren. All the family members have warm feelings about our town and are happy to call Acton home.