Sid?s 105 and still loving life
By SALLY GORDON
OVER a hearty lunchtime meal of sweet and sour pork and cottage pie, Sid Chapman celebrated his 105th birthday on Thursday with about 40 other Lower Clarence Retirement Village residents.
It was a cheery occasion, with a few residents taking full advantage of happy-hour drinks.
Residents and staff had chipped in to buy a massive sponge cake for Sid, which was almost a metre long, and filled with jam and cream.
The birthday boy was seated with three of his friends and sported a bright green headpiece with 'wild thing' splashed loudly across the top.
After cutting the cake, the retirement village's oldest resident praised the food and said that luck and eating healthy food was the key to a long life.
He said he also didn't mind snacking on brown sugar and sipping whisky.
Born in Grafton on March 26, 1900, Sid was brought up on a dairy farm just outside Grafton. He spent most of his professional life working as an electrical contractor on the Gold Coast and was even purported to be one of the first surfers in south-east Queensland.
Head recreational activities officer Kathy Finn said Sid was considered a bit of a character around the home.
"The others think he's a bit of a legend for just having got to 105," she said.
"I think it actually gives them encouragement that they have a long life ahead of them, even if they're in their 70s or 80s."
The birthday milestone was formally recognised by the Queen and Australia's Governor General Michael Jeffrey, and today he will receive a birthday visit from State MP Steve Cansdell and Federal member Ian Causley.