The Wingham & District Hospital Foundation is grateful to announce the receipt of a bequest in the amount of $273,000 from the Estate of Ian and Peggy Moreland.
Ian and Peggy moved from Scotland to Toronto in the 1950s so Ian could lend his engineering expertise to Canada’s famed military jet, the Avro Arrow. When the government abandoned the project, the Morelands chose to stay in Canada. They ended up in Wingham when Ian was hired to work at the Western Foundry (Wescast).
Ian and Peggy quickly made themselves at home in Wingham. They jumped into community life joining many activities among which golf and curling were their favourites. Their love of the Wingham community extended beyond recreation. Ian was civic minded and served as Wingham’s mayor from 1988 to 1994. As mayor, he contributed to the creation of the walking trail including the conversion of the rail bridge into a walking bridge and the establishment of the airport.
Peggy passed away in 2011 followed by Ian in 2012, yet the Morelands’ dedication to Wingham carries on through their generous bequest to benefit the hospital. Their gift will go towards putting up to date medical technology in the hands of skilled local caregivers and improving the hospital facility.
Estate gifts, like that made by the Morelands, are vitally important to safeguarding high quality local healthcare for future generations. The memory of the Ian and Peggy Moreland will live on in their treasured hometown through their thoughtful generosity.