‘There will never be another like Hutch’

Irvine ‘Hutch’ Hutchison in the pilot’s seat. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d379692
Irvine ‘Hutch’ Hutchison in the pilot’s seat. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d379692

According to Mrs Newton, Hutch who in May celebrated his 103rd birthday in usual fashion by flying a helicopter, became unwell in June but recovered and only weeks ago was able to recite the Remembrance Day Ode.

‘He stood there as proud as a button and even though he was a little shaky he did it,’ she said.

‘He was a legend and it marks the end of an era for Bethanie because he was one of the first Church of Christ independent living residents and the last surviving one of that group.

‘It’s been an absolute pleasure and an honour to have nursed and known Hutch.’

Hutch who regularly flew a helicopter, swam in a tank with crocodiles, was the facility’s community activity co-ordinator and taught himself how to use a computer, was last year awarded a Bethanie Centenarian Medallion, an honour only bestowed to those who have contributed significantly to aged care and the community.

The super senior told the Stirling Times earlier this year that although he enjoyed his adventurous challenges, what made him most happy in life was helping others.

‘I’ve been so contented and happy and I think that has contributed to living longer,’ he said.

‘I also try to look after myself by exercising both my body and brain, but I definitely think the man upstairs is keeping an eye on me.

‘I like to live by the motto of remember yesterday, dream about tomorrow but live for today. I try to keep to that.’

Mrs Newton agreed saying he left the facility and its community with incredible memories of their time. ‘He was such a vibrant, loving and mischievous little man and there will never be another.’

A celebration of his life was held at the Church of Christ Scarborough on Friday, November 29.