A Gilchrist century worth celebrating
WILLIAM Edward Gilchrist celebrated his first century on Friday surrounded by family, veterans and fellow freemasons.
The Yanchep resident was born in Narrogin on September 1, 1917 to William and Gertrude and had four siblings.
He married Yvonne on November 28, 1942 and they had three sons during their a 68-year marriage – John, Bryce and Jeff.
“He was a wartime bomber pilot, then completed his teaching degree after the war,” said Jeff, who is 63.
“They had a very poor farm in Narrogin. He was obviously a bright student and had to go and work on a farm in Northam to pay his way through UWA.”
Mr Gilchrist became a headmaster, finishing his career in that role at Wanneroo Primary School.
The couple lived in Dianella until Yvonne died. He then moved to Yanchep.
Mr Gilchrist has eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Many of his friends, RSL veterans and fellow freemasons joined in his birthday celebrations at Bethanie Beachside on September 1, with his family joining him for dinner.
He took part in the aged care facility’s ‘Beth-a-lympics’ last Wednesday, where residents from several homes took part in skittles, beanbag toss, hockey and pass ball activities in preparation for the annual LiveLighter Aged Care Games at Arena Joondalup this month.
A milestone moment: William Gilchrist with great grand-daughter Lilly Gilchrist, her mother Zoe, his son Jeff and his wife Wendy.