Le­nard cel­e­brates 103 year mile­stone

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE - Philippe Coquerand philippe.coquerand@cnbtimes.com.au

IT’S a mile­stone only reached by a few and for Eidsvold res­i­dent, Le­nard Tucker, he cel­e­brated his 103rd birth­day with fam­ily and friends at the hos­pi­tal.

Born on June 7, 1914 in Rock­hamp­ton, Mr Tucker said grow­ing older had its chal­lenges.

“I can’t re­ally move my hands any­more, can’t walk and things are start­ing to slow down,” Mr Tucker said.

“It’s be­com­ing a lot harder and I’m be­com­ing more de­pen­dant on the nurses, they do a great job and have helped me with the cook­ing and day to day ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Liv­ing through the great de­pres­sion and the world wars, Mr Tucker said it was tough con­di­tions he faced.

“The wages weren’t that high and the con­di­tions weren’t easy,” Mr Tucker said.

“It was in the days of the great de­pres­sion, the hours were long and you had to look af­ter what you earned oth­er­wise you’d lose it.”

Mr Tucker met his wife and they mar­ried in 1946 and had three chil­dren. Af­ter liv­ing in Rock­hamp­ton, he set­tled in Eidsvold in 1958.

His ad­vice for younger peo­ple is to “take ev­ery op­por­tu­nity as it comes to you”.

“Main­tain a de­gree of care for your body and don’t be so choosy, adapt your­self to the job,” Mr Tucker said.

PHOTO: PHILIPPE COQUERAND

MILE­STONE: Le­nard Tucker cel­e­brated his birth­day with fam­ily.

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