Fortune WW II veteran turns 101
Hedley Lake celebrates with friends and family
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.