A Gilchrist cen­tury worth cel­e­brat­ing

North Coast Times - - NEWS -

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.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d473342

A mile­stone mo­ment: Wil­liam Gilchrist with great grand-daugh­ter Lilly Gilchrist, her mother Zoe, his son Jeff and his wife Wendy.

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