A Umina retirement village resident Mr Gordon Briggs has celebrated his 100th birthday on May 27.
He is the latest resident of Peninsula Village to reach the milestone, joining five others to have lived more than 100 years: Ms Biddy Abrahams, 102, Ms Frances Dawson and Ms Norma Petersen, 101, and Ms Joy Lewis and Ms Phyllis Hill.
Peninsula Village chief executive Mr Shane Neaves said Mr Briggs has lived an extraordinary life, raising a family, travelling, playing cricket and rugby union, buying and selling several properties and thoroughly enjoying fishing and boating while living on Mosman Harbour.
He also had a great career as a chartered accountant and eventually worked his way up to be a member of a board of directors.
While accountants now are able to rely on computers, Mr Briggs said: “I had to do it all in my head.”
Mr Neaves said Mr Brigg’s favourite things included watching the stock market and enjoying the activities at the village that keep his mind active.
He said that it was nice to see a male join the club.
“The club has grown quickly this year and Gordon is a welcomed addition to the group,” he said.
“People are moving into aged care at a much later age and therefore we are seeing many more residents reach the big milestone of 100 than we used to 15 or 20 years ago,” Mr Neaves said.
Media release, 29 May 2019
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