Years ago it was an annual event for the Fairview Community Council to consider the good works of various Fairview citizens then select a few to honor as “Outstanding Citizens.” The now defunct Fairview Lions Club often was a co-sponsor in this effort.
The honors were bestowed at a dinner, open to the public, and usually in late November. It was certainly a feel-good time for all involved.
An article from the Cosmopolite recently was uncovered about just such an event on November 26, 1991. The event was held at the Fairview Presbyterian Church “with a capacity crowd on hand to applaud honorees.”
Five were honored, two of whom were women, who will be highlighted next month as we honor the women of Fairview who have been outstanding in the community. For now, it is the three men we are remembering…
Fairview still had a borough at that time and it was Mayor Guy Buell who recognized the first honoree – Norman King. Norm was retiring as chief of police in Fairview and received a “Distinguished Service Award for a job well done.” Buell commented on the Chief’s commitment, and added, “If you ever need a favor go to Norm; he’s the kind of guy who’s always willing to help.” In particular, the Mayor listed King’s patrolling the streets at 4 a.m. during times when vandalism seemed rampant in the area.
Next Oscar Young was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award as a founding or charter member of a number of community organizations. Ron Weislogel, then president of the Fairview Lions Club, presented Young’s award, honoring his work in helping to found the Lions Club. Also, as a member of the Fairview United Methodist Church he served on the committee that built the Sunday School wing; plus he had a continuing commitment to the Tri-Boro Senior Center and at that time served as the organization’s president.
The third award was given to John Masterson as Citizen of the Year. Rev. Chuck Cammarata then of the Presbyterian Church presented the award, mentioning that Masterson was fairly new to the community, yet as a “people person” he had been a Cub Scout den leader, a coach for girls’ softball, boys’ baseball, and youth football and soccer. At that time he also was teaching senior high religious education at Holy Cross Church where he also led a youth group ministry.
Masterson commented that sometimes after a bad day at work he went home “grumpy and not up to doing anything.” But, realizing there was a ball game he needed to attend, he went – reluctantly. After spending some time with the kids he usually found himself in a better mood. “This is really what’s important in life,” he said.