By any definition, Canandaigua is the best, so says Mr. Canandaigua himself, former mayor and longtime volunteer Richard McGavern.
McGavern is the 2019 recipient of the Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce’s Mr./Mrs./Ms. Canandaigua Award, which honors an individual who has demonstrated service to the community and its citizens over and above what is expected of one person.
John A. “Jack” Schuppenhauer, the 2018 Mr. Canandaigua, on Friday night presented McGavern with the honor at the Chamber of Commerce’s 109th annual dinner and membership meeting at Finger Lakes Community College.
“It’s the best lake in the Finger Lakes,” McGavern said during his remarks. “It’s the best town and city, the best hospital, the best schools, teams, and really the best people.”
Nearly 60 men and women have received the Chamber award since the first recipient, Raymond A. Lake, was named in 1960.
In addition to being a former mayor and councilman, McGavern also has been involved over the years with the Granger Homestead, Wood Library, Salvation Army, and Light Hill. He and others also are credited with repairing the clock on the tower at City Hall and for helping to create the city endowment as an aftermath of the city’s centennial.
For 20 years, he has served as a member of the Canandaigua Rotary Club.
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