By DAVID BANCROFT
THE Clarence Valley has lost its oldest resident with the death of 105-year-old Sid Chapman last Thursday.
Mr Chapman was described as a real character, a gentleman, and a person who had a simple recipe for long life ... brown sugar on just about everything and the occasional nip of whisky.
Sadly for other residents and staff at the Lower Clarence Retirement Village where he lived, stocks of brown sugar are now going to last a lot longer.
"He loved his brown sugar on everything, especially his porridge," retirement village activities officer and friend, Donna Law, said.
"He would always walk to the kitchen in the morning for his porridge and brown sugar."
Ms Law said everyone at the village would miss him.
"He had been here for about seven years and you get attached to people," she said.
"He was still spritely until one-and-a-half to two months ago ? he slowed down a bit after his birthday.
"He used to attend exercise classes every morning and go to the paper readings and discussions every day.
"He was a beautiful man, a real gentleman, and everyone shed a few tears when they learned he was gone.
"He was always willing to reminisce about his past and old times."
He always had a smile on his face and always called everyone darling."
No funeral arrangements have yet been announced.