Good wife equals long life, says 103-year-old

Penticton Herald - - FRONT PAGE - By MELANIE EKSAL

Lloyd Bur­goyne has a lit­tle se­cret to stay­ing young: “don’t drink, don’t smoke, and marry once.”

It’s a se­cret he’s lived by all of his life, and at 103 years of age, it’s clearly work­ing for him.

Born Oct. 5, 1915, in Vale­mount, B.C., Bur­goyne moved to Kam­loops with his mother and five broth­ers in or­der to at­tend high school. He ended up stay­ing in Kam­loops the ma­jor­ity of his life where he worked first at a sawmill in the of­fice, and then for the city for 26 years.

Un­doubt­edly Bur­goyne has seen a lot in his life­time from world wars to the ad­vance­ment of tech­nol­ogy, but out of the 103, there’s one year that re­mains his favourite.

“My favourite year is the year I got mar­ried,” he said with­out hes­i­ta­tion on Thurs­day.

He mar­ried his wife, Grace, in 1946 — three years af­ter they first met at church. She died at 86.

“My wife was a won­der­ful Chris­tian woman . . . al­ways the Queen’s English — she never cursed or swore,” he re­called. They had two sons to­gether. Bur­goyne re­sides in Pen­tic­ton now to be closer to his fam­ily, which con­sists of four gen­er­a­tions in­clud­ing him­self.

He has two broth­ers still alive, Dale and Frank, and his third brother, Ben, passed away at 101 just three weeks ago.

Bur­goyne re­mains in good health and at­tends ex­er­cise classes at his res­i­dence, Charles Manor, three or four times a week.

Al­though he humbly dis­agrees, his mem­ory for dates and events through­out his life was ex­cel­lent as he told sto­ries with great hu­mour.

His ad­vice to the younger gen­er­a­tion? The same as his se­cret to life: “don’t drink, don’t smoke, and marry once.”

But if you are go­ing to drink, he says, “drink wine or whisky with food.”

MELANIE EKSAL/Pen­tic­ton Her­ald

Pen­tic­ton res­i­dent Lloyd Bur­goyne cel­e­brated his 103rd birth­day last week.

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