Jack still smil­ing at 100 years young

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Me­lanie Ver­ran

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.

Photo: FIONA GOODALL

Cen­te­nar­ian: For­mer Re­muera busi­ness­man Jack Vear cel­e­brated his 100th birth­day on Anzac Day.

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