Jack still smiling at 100 years young
At 100 years old Jack Vear still has a spark in his eyes.
The former electrician was a respected Remuera soul in the nearly 50 years he spent powering up some of the city’s most prominent buildings.
Mr Vear was born in Wellington on April 25, 1908, a date that would later become known as Anzac Day.
Looking back over the last century, his mind is bursting with fond memories.
“I reckon I could write two or three books.”
As a teenager living in Cambridge with his family of seven, Mr Vear learned the electrical trade.
He married Kit in 1933 and together they had two daughters, Lynly and Carol. He joined his father in the family electrical business Vear & Sons on Remuera Rd.
“Remuera was a very nice place,” he says.
“It’s a different kettle of fish today.”
Mr Vear wired most of the “pensioners’ homes” for returned servicemen and remembers the days when “the only thing in Panmure was a pub and a general store”.
He also worked on King’s School, Sacred Heart College and many other churches.
he workshop was a family hang-out on Friday evenings and was also frequented by Edmund Hillary and his first wife Louise, who used to drop by to “have a yarn”.
Mr Vear attributes his long life and exceptional health to using only natural medicines.
He vows he had never used “drug medication” until last October, when he had an operation for a double hernia.
“I had more drugs in me then than I’d had in my whole lifetime,” he says.
“They said I was the oldest one that’d been through the clinic.”
His passion for natural remedies is what brought him to Marjorie Johnson, who worked in a naturopath store.
Marjorie and Mr Vear found support and love in each other after both their spouses passed away from cancer.
The couple married in Titirangi in 1974.
Together they have seven grandchildren, seven greatgrandchildren and a great group of friends.
The pair are heavily involved at the senior citizens society in Pukekohe, where they have now lived for 21 years.
Mr Vear’s sister Joyce, who also worked in the electrical business, lives nearby.
“We’re flat stick all the time,” says Mr Vear, who even manages an aerobics class once a week.
Mr Vear would like to thank all his loyal customers over the years.
Centenarian: Former Remuera businessman Jack Vear celebrated his 100th birthday on Anzac Day.