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Mary Ann and George Clyne Named SAGE’s “Sweethearts of the Year”

Julie Pedersen

Thursday, January 30, 2014 • 12:40pm

SAGE Eldercare has named Mary Ann and George Clyne of Westfield as their “Sweethearts of the Year” for 2014, which is very fitting considering they met nearly fifty years ago on a blind date at a college formal dance coincidentally called “The Sweetheart Ball.”    

“We were interested in giving both to the community and its seniors.  Volunteering for SAGE’s SHIP of Union County program fits well with our busy retirement life of managing an educational foundation established in the loving memory of our son Gregg, spending time with our children Karyn and Steven and our grandchildren, Stella, Audrey, and Joshua, caring for my 90-year-old father and, when possible, relaxing at our vacation home in the Poconos,” noted Mary Ann.

The Clynes began their involvement as volunteers at SAGE through the SHIP of Union County program nearly two years ago and were introduced to the program by their longtime friend, Pat Walsh, also of Westfield.  SHIP, State Health Insurance Assistance, is a statewide program that offers free, objective and confidential help to area residents with reference to Medicare and insurance decisions.

“We are very excited to name Mary Ann and George as our 2014 Sweethearts of the Year,” stated Elyse Drucker, SHIP of Union County Coordinator.  “Although neither one of them had any medical or insurance experience, they were very interested in helping older adults in the community and they work very well as a team, with George handling the interviews and Mary Ann tackling the research for each of their clients.”

George Clyne retired in June 2006 from Sony BMG, where he held positions in the finance department, and his wife Mary Ann retired in January 2008 from her job in the commercial real estate field.  They have been residents of Westfield for thirty years and will celebrate their 46th wedding anniversary on February 24.  Since 2008, their foundation, the Gregg F. Clyne Memorial Foundation, has awarded scholarships to high school students from Westfield HS, Arthur L. Johnson HS, Union Catholic HS and Cranford HS who will be attending the University of Delaware.  Their next fundraiser is Saturday, March 22 in Clark, NJ; more information can be obtained by emailing gfcfoundation@gmail.com.

For the past 60 years, SAGE Eldercare has been helping make the communities they serve an amazing place to age.  The organization provides a wide array of information, support, and services designed to help people lead the most independent and active lives possible.  From helping with errands, to exercise classes, community programs, and home health care, SAGE’s expertise helps older adults remain in their own homes.  SAGE is committed to being the leading provider of programs and services to meet the changing needs of older adults, their families, and caregivers throughout Union, Essex, Morris and Somerset Counties.  For SHIP of Union County assistance, please call 908.273.6999 or for general information on SAGE, call 908.273.5550 or visit www.sageeldercare.org.

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