Austin McDonald’s daughter, Irene speaks on 2018 01 28:
Thank you Stan. My dad lives in a retirement home now where they look after him very well. He will be 97 in a few weeks! He doesn’t get around easily. Needs a walker to help him but still likes to go out to Swiss Chalet for a chicken dinner! He is doing quite well considering his age. He often talks about his shuffling days, including the various partners he had over the years. It is amazing that he cannot manage memories of the recent past but can discuss activities and tournaments from his days in Florida! Thank you for thinking of him. Not sure too many players are still around that remember him and my mom. Cheers, Irene McDonald Pollock.
Austin McDonald Warmly Greeted
On His Visit To Winter Haven in 2012.
The Browns and the Tates were the first to welcome Austin to Winter Haven, FL on 2012 02 16. Austin, invited by the Central District, arrived just after 8 a.m., visited our Hall of Fame and then moved to the auditorium where he was warmly greeted by many members who had either played with Austin, played against Austin, or had been taught how to play by Austin.
Central District President David Earle welcomed Austin and highlighted both his significant contribution to shuffleboard, especially the Central District, as well as reminding the audience of his equally impressive win record as evidenced by the number of Halls of Fame Austin may be found.
Pic on right is of the Membership giving Austin an enthusiastic round of applause. Later, on the courts, Paul Prescott visited with Austin and shared Shuffleboard History > no doubt to the delight of both. I had spent an hour and a bit with Austin the preceding day was amazed by the ease with which he recalled not only names of those with whom he played, but many of the shots made!! Stan McCormack. 2012 02 16.