For a year, counted down the days until July 29, 2012. On the that day, McGill joined a – McGill turned 100 years old.
The newly minted centenarian celebrated in style at the Glendora Country Club July 31 surrounded by family and friends.
The former Glendora City Councilman and Rotary Club member was born in Normal, Illinois on July 29, 2012, a year after Glendora became a city.
He worked his way through college at UCLA bagging fruit at a Los Angeles market and served in the Army in WWII.
McGill now lives in a senior living apartment in Pomona, but claims strong ties to the city of Glendora.
McGill and his family moved to Glendora in 1960 and during that time, McGill owned the Mayflower Market, a local grocery store that stayed open until 1974. He also served on the Glendora City Council for two terms and was named Citizen of the Year in 1966.
McGill said hard work was the most important lesson he’s learned throughout his 100 years of life.
“There is no such thing as a free lunch,” McGill said. “You’ve got to work hard for what you have.”