Ted keeps on keeping on


Ted O'Callaghan turns 100 tomorrow. Picture: Robin Kornet        www.communitypix.com.au   d456757
Ted O'Callaghan turns 100 tomorrow. Picture: Robin Kornet        www.communitypix.com.au d456757

THE obvious question to ask Ted O’Callaghan ahead of his 100th birthday tomorrow is what his secret is to a long life.

The Bibra Lake resident said it was something posed to him often, but not something he has an exact answer to.

“People always ask me what the recipe is,” he said.

“I’ve been doing the same thing as everyone else.

“There is no recipe. I just keep on keeping on.”

Mr O’Callaghan was born in Narrogin on July 20, 1916 to Irish parents who had immigrated to Australia.

He was told that after leaving hospital, he returned home to the family tent in the Wheatbelt town of Dudinin.

It was the start of an interesting life which saw him spend his working career with the Western Australian Government Railways, marry his wife Kathleen Dearle in 1936, travel around Australia and parts of Asia, and watch as his family grew in size around him.

Sport was and still is something he loves.

Mr O’Callaghan was head trainer for the Perth Demons for 16 years, including a great run in the 1960s where they claimed three consecutive premierships.

He was also involved in cycling, wood chopping and rifle shooting.

These days he keeps himself busy by spending time with family, getting out and about, watching sport, listening to music and completing his family tree.

His church, Probus Club and family are each holding separate events to celebrate the major milestone.