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He Pilots the Elderly Around Town

Duane MacFarland retired 25 years ago, but the one-time fighter pilot has landed a special mission – helping his elderly neighbors get around town.

Every Tuesday, he's a volunteer with Greenwich Call-A-Ride, an organization that offers residents over age 60 free transportation anywhere in town.

Many retirees are content to spend their days golfing or fishing and although Duane likes his leisure time, he said: "I like to be able to give back to the community. Before Call-A-Ride, I played the piano at the Nathaniel Witherell Nursing Home and tutored first-graders in math and reading."

In his polo shirt and khakis Duane, 82, looks in tip-top shape and has a twinkle in his eye. "I stay in shape by working out three days a week for about two hours a day," he explained.

He graduated from Yale in 1949 and went to the Korean War as a fighter pilot. "The war went from propellers and machine guns to jets and rockets," he said. Afterwards he spent his career in and around the oil business and did a lot of traveling.

As a driver for Call-A-Ride, Duane takes his passengers to doctor's appointments, food shopping, the bank or wherever they need to go. "I've met a lot of wonderful and interesting people doing it."

On his 80th birthday, MacFarland took a ride on a small plane out of Westchester County Airport. He said flying will always be his passion.

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