For­tune WW II vet­eran turns 101

Hed­ley Lake cel­e­brates with friends and fam­ily

The Southern Gazette - - Front Page -

World War II vet­eran Hed­ley Lake cel­e­brated his 101st birth­day Au­gust 12 with fam­ily and friends at his home in For­tune.

Lake en­listed in the Royal Navy on July 28, 1940. Shortly af­ter, he with 20 other en­lis­tees from the Burin Penin­sula boarded the SS Nerissa bound for Eng­land to pre­pare for the war ef­fort at HMS Ganges.

Lake’s wartime ex­pe­ri­ences in­cluded pa­trols in the Mediter­ranean and sur­viv­ing the sink­ing of the SS Cari­bou in Oc­to­ber 1942. Af­ter the war, he re­turned to his home in For­tune to be­come a farmer.

When asked to ex­press his feel­ings on sur­viv­ing the war and reach­ing the ripe age of 101, his re­sponse was sim­ple. “I’m just glad to be here; I’m glad to be alive.”

The thank­ful vet­eran en­joyed his birth­day with his daugh­ter, Beth Ford; his sons, David, Paul and Sam as well as other fam­ily mem­bers and friends.

101-year old Hed­ley Lake en­joyed a visit from Bon­av­ista-Burin-Trin­ity MP Churence Rogers (R) a few days be­fore his birth­day. Son Paul Lake and daugh­ter Beth Ford joined them. PHOTO CON­TRIB­UTED BY CARL ROSE.

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