Cen­te­nar­ian driven to keep work­ing

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Kar­ratha cen­te­nar­ian Jack Re­nault is liv­ing proof that you are only as old as you feel.

The lo­cal char­ac­ter and A1 Au­tos owner cel­e­brated his 100th birth­day on Jan­uary 16, yet at an age when most are in a nurs­ing home, Mr Re­nault still runs his own busi­ness, drives and en­ter­tains a wide cir­cle of friends.

Mr Re­nault is orig­i­nally from up­state New York and came to Dampier in 1968 when he was con­tracted as a pain­ter by Hamer­s­ley Iron.

He spent years with the com­pany be­fore agree­ing to take over a friend’s auto parts store, A1 Au­tos, as a chance to work more in­de­pen­dently — and has re­mained there ever since.

“I sat down and I thought, this would be a very nice place to do what you’d like to do,” he said.

“I was an avid diver ... I loved fish­ing, I loved the bush, I love my in­de­pen­dence, I don’t want peo­ple telling me to do any­thing, and so here I am, 40-odd years later.” Good genes, mod­ern medicine, lots of friends and a fo­cus on happiness were all fac­tors Mr Re­nault said had helped him to reach 100 years of age.

He said while re­tire­ment was some­times tempt­ing, he had no plans to leave the work, cus­tomers or town for some time yet.

“The other rea­son I stay here is be­cause I like to sell bat­ter­ies,” he said. “I like cus­tomers to come in, I try to make friends with all of them, and I have lots of friends be­cause of it.”

Mr Re­nault’s re­cent birth­day party at the Kar­ratha RSL was at­tended by at least 80 peo­ple, in­clud­ing some who trav­elled from New South Wales, Queens­land and South Aus­tralia.

His let­ter from the queen is be­ing dis­played on the desk of A1 Au­tos in the Kar­ratha LIA.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Jack Re­nault re­cently turned 100.

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