Mandurah centenarian Ben Shom celebrates amazing life

Ben Shom celebrated his 100th birthday with nine holes of golf and cake.
Ben Shom celebrated his 100th birthday with nine holes of golf and cake.

MEADOW Springs Gold and Country Club member Ben Shom celebrated his 100th birthday at the club.

After completing a solid nine holes of golf, Mr Shom enjoyed a cake to mark the milestone.

Mr Shom has been an integral part of the club since its inception.

Born in Subiaco, Mr Shom has led an extraordinary life.

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Mr Shom endured the Great Depression with his sister in a single-parent household and in the care of his grandmother. His grandmother moved from Victoria to care for him.

Mr Shom managed to secure a job working at Boans (a department store that operated in Perth from 1895 to 1986). He retired as associate director of Boans 50 years later.

An avid boatie, Mr Shom was a member of Royal Perth Yacht Club and his family owned a mooring at Rottnest Island for 50 years.

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Mr Shom loves sport and was inducted into the Baseball Australia Hall of Fame in 2018 for his significant contribution to the Western Australian team, including winning their first Shield in 1952.

He was also a wicket keeper at Perth Cricket Club and set an as yet, unbeaten record of the most dismissals of 43 in the 1948/49 season.

Mr Shom was married to his late wife Jeanie for 61 years. She passed away last year.

Mr Shom is a father, a grandfather and a great grandfather.