APPLECROSS resident Albert James “Peter” Chapple brought up his century surrounded by friends at The Blue Water Grill on Sunday.
Born in East Coolgardie on April 3 1916, Mr Chapple graduated from the UWA with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) before obtaining his teaching qualifications from Western Australian Teachers College.
His first position was at Mt Barker where he met and married his wife Ellis Vera Haese in 1939.
They have four children, 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
Mr Chapple eventually rose to the position of deputy director of primary education with the Department of Education.
He was also a state champion weightlifter, and continued to lift weights until he was 90-years-old; to this day, he begins each morning with 20 sit-ups and 20 leg raises.
He has lived for extended periods in Albany and Wembley Downs and currently resides at the Opal Age Care Facility in Applecross.